Opioid overdose and addiction have dominated headlines nationwide for years now, but other drugs have long been ones of concern. This group includes benzodiazepines, potent sedatives and tranquilizers that can be addictive the longer one uses them. These drugs, known as “benzos” for short, should be used under a doctor’s care for short-term treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia, and other conditions. However, they are often misused and abused, leading many to get hooked on them.

While 2,000-plus benzodiazepines exist, per WebMD, only 15 or so have been approved for use.

Widely prescribed benzodiazepines include:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Halcion (triazolam)

Benzo misuse and abuse is an issue throughout the United States and in Massachusetts. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 16% of opioid-related overdose deaths also involved benzodiazepines. A November 2021 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows that among the 1,937 opioid-related overdose deaths in the state, 31% of them involved benzodiazepines. Also, in the first six months of 2021, benzos were involved in 30% of the 1,032 opioid-related overdose deaths during that period.

If you are in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and are dealing with benzo dependence that you want to end, getting professional treatment should be your next step. Serenity at Summit can help you get on the road to recovery and help you take back your life.

Serenity at Summit Drug Rehab in Lawrence, MA

If you are struggling with ending your benzodiazepine dependence, we offer professional treatment at our accredited Haverhill, Massachusetts, facility, a 20-minute drive from Lawrence. We understand what recovering users need to safely and properly address their misuse and abuse of benzodiazepine drugs. Here, you will receive a combination of clinical practices and evidence-based approaches to help you get a handle on your dependence and work through it. We will meet you where you are in your recovery journey and help you take the next step. Here’s what we offer:

Acute Treatment Services

Prolonged benzo misuse and abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependence and addiction. The more the drug is taken, the higher the tolerance is for it, and some people will adjust to the higher doses. Once chronic benzo use stops, benzodiazepine withdrawal starts, and this condition requires immediate medical attention. Life-threatening complications can arise if a person doesn’t receive help in time. This is why we offer acute treatment services (ATS)  for people needing benzodiazepine detox. ATS provides support against quitting the drug cold turkey and ensures recovering patients get the help they need to avoid a relapse.

Our licensed health care and mental health care professionals ensure our patients remain safe and comfortable as they monitor them 24/7. If any medical emergencies arise, we will be right there to address them. In severe cases, patients can undergo a tapering process that allows the body to adjust as they are slowly weaned off the drug.

Patients can receive ATS for a few days to a week or longer. It depends on the patient’s progress and recovery. Once medical stability is achieved, the next phase is clinical stabilization services.

Clinical Stabilization Services

At Serenity at Summit, we treat the whole person and focus on all areas that substance abuse and addiction can affect. We will thoroughly assess your physical and mental condition and develop a treatment plan that is uniquely yours. It will address what you will need to do to recover from benzo abuse. We will ask questions to ensure that we evaluate your needs properly. The information we receive from you will help us tailor our clinical stabilization services (CSS) to your needs.

CSS offers a structured program and environment after detox that helps patients focus on recovering from benzodiazepine use disorder using evidence-based methods. They receive therapy, counseling, and other services that help them understand what lies at the root of their substance misuse and what to do to effectively address it. While you can recover from benzo abuse, there is a way to do it so that you stay on the path to living substance-free, and we can show you how.

For most people who are in recovery, living with and managing life after substance misuse disorder (SUD) is a lifelong situation. We will teach you what you need to stay healthy and focused on your sobriety and goals. Multiple tools and strategies are available to help.

Our mental health professionals and addiction care specialists will guide you throughout your CSS program. During your time with us, you could receive:

We will also work with you on relapse prevention strategies, life skills, and other areas that help you prepare for your new life. You can also explore holistic approaches that help you along your journey. These include reiki, yoga, and meditation, to name a few.


We make sure our patients reenter the outside world with the support and resources they need. The transition from treatment to everyday life can be challenging. We understand these challenges, so we guide you through them with our aftercare program.

We can help you find sober-focused housing, employment, 12-step programs, and other services to assist you post-treatment. We also keep you connected to a supportive recovery community that understands where you’re coming from and what lies ahead. They will be there for you during the good times and the challenging times. We can help you find a support group where you live or online if that is easier for you. Aftercare also offers continuing education and services, including relapse prevention support and outpatient therapy and counseling.

Benzodiazepine Rehab in Lawrence, MA, FAQ

As you decide if entering benzodiazepine detox and treatment is the next step for you, you likely still have questions about the process and other aspects. We understand that benzo rehab treatment is a sizable investment of time and money, so we encourage you to do your research and ask as many questions as you want. We answer a few below, but we realize you may have others that aren’t listed here or that you may want further clarification. Call us to get in touch with us online so that we can continue the conversation with you and get you the answers you need.

How Long Is Drug Rehab?

The time in drug rehab varies according to the person and their specific situation. One person could stay 30 days while another person may need 90 days or longer. At Serenity at Summit, we design your treatment program according to your needs. Our goal is to ensure you receive the help you came to us to receive, and we urge you to focus on getting the most out of your treatment program.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights research that encourages recovering substance users to aim for up to 90 days (three months) in rehab. Receiving long-term treatment services can raise a person’s chances of staying in recovery longer, per NIDA.

Does Serenity at Summit Provide Transportation?

Our patients are responsible for covering their transportation costs to and from Serenity at Summit. If you’re considering traveling here for treatment, we could pick you up from your location once you arrive and bring you to our facility. We also can help you get back to your pickup point so you can return home. Call us for more information.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

It is nearly impossible to give an estimate of drug treatment expenses because everyone’s situation is different. Some people may need a few hundred dollars while other people’s rehab bills could be several thousands of dollars. Your expenses will depend heavily on the therapies and services you need and for how long you need them. Also, where you receive treatment makes a difference in how much you can expect to pay. As you research your treatment program, you can review the following:

  • If you’ll receive treatment at a standard rehab center versus one with amenities
  • If you’ll have to travel to the site (staying local or leaving home for a facility farther away)
  • The therapy and counseling services you’ll need and for how long
  • Medications, medical devices
  • Other incidentals

No matter the costs, we encourage you to seek the treatment you need to get help for benzo misuse. Addiction left unintended usually worsens, and the cost of this decision can be far greater than a rehab bill. Consider the benefits of getting the help you need to live a fuller, healthier life.

Do I Have to Travel?

Our programs are offered on-site at our Massachusetts facility. If you’re interested in our acute treatment services or clinical stabilization services, you must travel to us to receive them. We understand that travel can be a barrier to receiving treatment, so we can help you find treatment services in or closer to your community if that is a better option for you.

What Insurance Carriers Does Serenity at Summit Take?

Our facility accepts insurance from major health insurance carriers. We have partnered with a few that offer in-network services. If your insurer is one of them, your treatment expenses could cost less.

Our team can connect with your health insurance company to find out what coverage you can use at Serenity at Summit. You can also call and let us know. We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time. However, we do offer personal payment plans and can review other payment options with you if needed. We’re ready to get started, so give us a call today.

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