Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that are used to treat anxiety disorders and insomnia. They’re in a wider class of substances called central nervous system depressants, which work to slow activity in the nervous system. Alcohol works in a similar way, and benzodiazepines can be used to achieve similar intoxication effects to alcohol. However, misusing benzodiazepines recreationally can cause a substance use disorder (SUD), dependence, and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction is a growing public health problem. During the past decade, addiction and overdose rates have dramatically increased. In 2020, overdose deaths reached an all-time high, with more than 100,000 overdose deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). California has also struggled with issues related to substance abuse. In 2020, 5,502 people died in opioid drug overdoses in the state. Benzodiazepines can cause dangerous overdose symptoms, but they aren’t as likely to cause deadly accidental overdoses on their own.

However, they can be deadly when mixed with other substances like alcohol or opioids. The recent spike in overdose deaths is related to the increase in fentanyl availability. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that’s often mixed into other illicit substances, even counterfeit benzodiazepine pills.

Benzodiazepine addiction can lead to serious problems that affect multiple areas of your life. But treatment can help. Learn more about benzodiazepine detox and treatment in Riverside County.

California Highlands Drug Rehab in Riverside County

California Highlands provides several levels of care according to the continuum of care that’s outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). When you enter an addiction treatment program, you’ll start by going through an assessment that’s designed to help you make a treatment plan that is personalized to your needs. You’ll also find the right level of care to begin your pursuit of recovery. Here are some of the levels of care that are available at California Highlands:


Benzodiazepines, like other central nervous system depressants, can cause some potentially dangerous symptoms during the withdrawal phase. If you have a substance use disorder that’s related to benzo use, you may need to start treatment with medical detox. Detox is a level of care that involves 24-hour care from medical professionals. The goal is to get you through the withdrawal phase safely and to avoid or address serious symptoms like seizures. Detox involves medically managed treatment services.

Detox is usually reserved for people with high-level medical needs, especially needs related to severe withdrawal symptoms. Through detox, you may be given medications to help ease your symptoms and make you more comfortable. In some cases, you may be given medications that are specifically designed to treat withdrawal. Depressant withdrawal is often treated with certain benzodiazepines that can help avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

Not everyone who enters addiction treatment needs medical detox, but depressant dependence often requires some form of medical care to recover from safely. When you begin treatment, you will go through a medical assessment to determine if detox is necessary for you.


Inpatient treatment is a high level of care, just below medical detox. Inpatient treatment involves medically monitored services 24 hours per day. It’s designed to address multidimensional needs, especially high-level medical and psychological needs. In addition to medical monitoring, you will also go through therapies to address your substance use disorder and any underlying issues like anxiety or mood disorders. Inpatient treatment may be used to monitor for post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), which is a phenomenon that’s often seen in alcohol recovery, but may happen with other depressants like benzodiazepines.

Residential treatment involves clinically managed care while you live in accommodations at California Highlands. You will continue to have 24-hour access to care and accountability from clinicians. Residential treatment may be ideal for people that can’t live on their own without jeopardizing their health or sobriety. Residential treatment may also be helpful for people with high-level social or psychological needs that require 24-hour care.

Inpatient and residential treatment will also involve several hours of therapy and other treatment services each week. Therapies may include individual therapy, group therapy, behavioral therapies, and others.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is the highest level of outpatient treatment on the continuum of care. In PHP, you can live at home, but you will attend at least 20 hours of treatment services each week. Through PHP, you will be able to attend to everyday responsibilities and goals. But you will also attend treatment with a schedule similar to a full-time or part-time job. PHP allows you to step into the real world and face potential challenges to your sobriety while being able to fall back on the support of clinical therapies. You will continue to go through a variety of therapy options that address your substance use disorder and any underlying issues.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment also falls under the category of inpatient treatment, though it takes less time each week than PHP. IOP involves at least nine hours of addiction treatment each week. In IOP, you will continue to receive various treatment services and therapies according to your treatment plan. You also will have more time to pursue goals in your daily life. Outpatient can help ease you into independence in your recovery and provides an important step between inpatient treatment and lower levels of care.


When you’ve completed formal addiction treatment at California Highlands, you can also take advantage of our aftercare program. Aftercare helps facilitate a lifelong commitment to recovery, which is important since addiction is a chronic disease. It also involves periodic check-ins, and it can help you connect to community-based resources like job placement programs, sober-living housing, and 12-step programs.

Benzodiazepine Rehab in California Highlands FAQ

We get several common questions about treatment at California Highlands and addiction treatment in general. Here are some of the answers to those common questions:

How Long Is Rehab?

There is no maximum amount of time you can spend in treatment or in particular levels of care like detox or residential services. But there may be an ideal minimum amount of time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), spending fewer than three months in treatment for addiction may not provide the best results. Those 90 days may be spent in several levels of care, including inpatient and outpatient treatment services. Generally, medical detox lasts for around a week, and inpatient treatment can last for several weeks. Still, there is no set time you will spend in treatment, and it will largely depend on your individual needs and how you progress through treatment.

Does California Highlands Provide Transportation?

Yes, we understand that transportation is a barrier to treatment for many people, and California Highlands can help with some of your transportation needs. We can pick you up from the airport to help get you to California Highlands without the need for a rental car or ride-sharing services. If you’re completing an inpatient treatment program here, we can help you get to any outside appointments with specialists, though most of your treatment will take place at the facility. However, if you are in an outpatient program, you will need to get to and from treatment each day on your own.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

The cost of rehab will depend on several variables, and it can change from person to person. Since your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs, the cost of treatment can be unique. Drug rehab can be expensive, costing as much as several thousand dollars. But it’s often a good investment for people with substance use disorders. Addiction can take over multiple aspects of your life, including your finances. Rehab can help you address or avoid some of the consequences of addiction, including health problems, social issues, and financial instability. Insurance providers can help cover some of the cost of treatment to make it more affordable.

Do I Have to Travel?

You will have to travel to attend treatment at California Highlands. If you’re going through an inpatient treatment program, you’ll need to pack and prepare for a trip, even if you’re just driving down the street. Traveling to go through an addiction treatment program has its benefits, but it’s not necessary for treatment to be effective. If you don’t live in the Riverside County area and you can’t travel, there may be other drug rehab options in your area.

What Insurance Carriers Does California Highlands Take?

Insurance is one of the best ways to make addiction treatment more affordable. Insurance companies are now required to offer coverage for things like addiction treatment, including mental health services and inpatient treatment. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have some coverage for drug rehab.

California Highlands accepts insurance coverage from most private insurance companies. We also have several in-network providers like Cigna that can make getting coverage easier. If you don’t have an in-network insurer, you may still be covered for treatment at California Highlands. If you have more questions about costs and insurance, call at any time.

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