It is common for those who have succumbed to benzo addiction to have co-occurring anxiety disorder. In these cases, it is critical that they get treatment for their substance use disorder, as well as their underlying condition. Behavioral rehab and counseling helps patients address the root causes of their benzo addiction and develop coping mechanisms to help them avoid relapse. Patients must learn to live a life free from anxiety without the prolonged, chronic use of benzos. These drugs are not meant for lifetime use, and should not serve as a substitute for other types of behavioral therapy for anxiety, sleep disorder or all other issues for which benzos are routinely prescribed.
Rehab should consist of group therapy, individualized counseling and supplemental interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Patients are also given customized aftercare plans that help them build on the progress they made in treatment and develop coping techniques to prevent setbacks when they are faced with high-pressure situations.