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Serax was first prescribed in 1965 but has since been replaced by other benzodiazepines deemed more effective. Yet, Serax can still be prescribed and can lead to dependency, and addiction. This article will provide an overview of Serax addiction and the various treatment options available.
What Is Serax
Serax, or oxazepam, is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and insomnia and control the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms of alcohol. Serax is also given to people to deal with irritability, tension, and agitation.
Serax is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and slows down the brain’s activity to produce relaxing effects. While it is effective to treat anxiety, the soothing sensation can be addicting.
Indications for Use
- Alcohol withdrawal
Oxazepam can be substituted for other benzos, such as:
The Effects of Serax Abuse
Along with the desired effects, users might experience some unwanted side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Diarrhea and nausea
- Change in appetite
- Excitement or restlessness
- Frequent urination
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shuffling walk
- Blurred vision
- Change in sex drive
Signs and Symptoms of Serax Use
Like all benzodiazepines, Serax can be highly addictive because of its sedative and relaxing effects. Serax is only intended for short-term treatment. It can be easily abused, especially when mixed with opioids and alcohol. It is best to contact your doctor as soon as you begin to experience any of the physical, psychological, or behavioral signs and symptoms indicated below:
- Skin rash
- Change in sex drive
- Double vision
- Slow reaction time
- Extreme drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Decreased alertness
- Memory impairment
- Taking higher doses
- Combining Serax with other substances
Serax Addiction Treatment Options
For people with Serax addiction, it is not advisable to stop the dosage abruptly without consulting a doctor because the symptoms of withdrawal can be severe and dangerous. Symptoms of withdrawal can include muscle cramps, depression, convulsion, inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep, and many more.
Fortunately, there are many options available to treat Serax addiction. Addiction treatment is usually split into two phases: detoxification and therapy.
Medical treatment for Serax Addiction
Medical Detox: detoxifying programs consist of a tapering regimen to slowly clear the body from the substance and reduce dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs are personalized and tailored for each patient depending on the strength of the addiction.
Addiction Treatment Medications: some medications can be prescribed to patients during or after detox to decrease cravings, manage withdrawal symptoms, and treat co-occurring disorders.
Medication-Assisted Treatment: this program is used to treat the physical and psychological Serax addiction symptoms during detox and rehab.
Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment for Serax Addiction
Inpatient therapy is the most successful option to treat severe chronic addiction and polydrug abuse because patients are carefully monitored in a controlled and safe environment. Inpatient rehab centers provide guidance and support to patients accompanied by medical and psychological assistance.
Outpatient programs best fit patients with mild Serax addiction symptoms. During this treatment option, patients have scheduled visits to the rehab facility for medical support and group counseling.
Process and Stages of Serax Addiction Treatment in Dr.Vorobjev Clinic
If you or your loved one is struggling with Serax addiction, contact us. We can help redirect you on a path of healing from abuse. Our clinic with licensed professionals will help to diagnose your Serax addiction and provide you with the most suitable Serax addiction treatment for your needs.
Diagnosis of Serax Addiction
Every patient at our center will receive an exact diagnosis of the nature of their Serax addiction. Our team will ask the patient when they started using Serax and for how long, and will evaluate the signs and symptoms they experience. In addition, patients will be assessed by a psychologist, psychiatrist, and drug counselor. We will also run blood and urine tests to finalize our diagnosis and determine the most suitable treatment and recovery process.
Serax Detoxification Treatment
At the beginning of your treatment, we recommend the detox process be carried out under our expert supervision. Even though patients may experience withdrawal symptoms during detox treatment, our close monitoring will ensure a more comfortable journey. We will assist you with therapy and prescribe medication to ease your way through the detox phase.
For Patients with Severe Addiction:
We suggest inpatient treatment, where patients stay at our clinic facility until the addiction is cured, and given 24/7 medical care along with scheduled therapeutic support.
And for patients with less severe addiction:
We also provide an outpatient treatment plan. Patients visit the clinic during scheduled hours in the day for individual therapy sessions, group sessions, care plans, and medication prescriptions.
After completing inpatient or outpatient treatment, we offer our patients aftercare treatments to maintain sobriety. It involves peer support groups, and ongoing counseling to prevent relapse.
Average Length of Serax Addiction Treatment
The length of treatment varies with each patient and the severity of their addiction. Treatment plans last from 10 to 90 days.
Effectiveness of Treatment for Serax Addiction
At our clinic, we provide you with the highest levels of treatment. Our comprehensive approach to addiction treatment allows us to achieve sustainable results.
Cost of Serax Addiction Treatment
The cost of oxazepam addiction treatment will vary based on the preferred patient treatment program . The cost of treatment starts from 2,700 €.
Our doctors will pave the way for recovery so you can achieve independence and sobriety. Meet our team who will guide you through your journey:
- Marija Jovanovic — General Medicine
- Oleksandra Korocanski — Reanimatologist and Anesthesiologist
- Kristina Butina — Occupational Therapist
- Sonja Pantovic — Chief of the Psychologist
- Vladimir Bojovic — Physiotherapist
- Blazenka Kuculovic Stijelja — Psychiatrist
- Maja Tesanovic — Psychologist
- Dobrica ILic — Medical Consultant
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All the staff at our clinic are licensed, certified, and registered drug and alcohol specialists. They will help you find your way back to sobriety.