Psychological symptoms of alcohol and benzo withdrawal can persist for a long time after the physical symptoms have passed; for example, the anxiety that many benzos are prescribed to reduce can return and worsen after detox.
Many of these psychological symptoms can be diminished through a medical treatment program.
For the alcohol and benzo withdrawal symptoms listed above, their severity generally depends on the amount of the substance that was regularly consumed and the duration of the addiction. Heavier use and longer periods of use tend to result in more severe withdrawal reactions. However, the response of a given individual may not be predicted solely on this information.
For example, research from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry demonstrates that sometimes, low-dose, long-term use of benzodiazepines can still result in dangerous withdrawal symptoms, despite the low dosage levels. Additional circumstances that contribute to the level of withdrawal response include other physical health conditions that the individual may have, age, simultaneous addictions to other substances, and whether or not the individual has previously tried to quit using and relapsed.
Continual observation and experienced care can mitigate these dangers. Whereas the family or friends of someone trying to overcome an addiction to alcohol or benzos may not have the ability to provide that constant care, or to predict or manage some of the more severe symptoms, an inpatient treatment program is designed to provide monitoring and treatment that can help ease these symptoms and minimize their risks.