Properly tapering off of benzodiazepines takes time. Unfortunately, the Kaiser Permanente health insurance company isn’t allowing for that.
If you or someone you know has a Kaiser Permanente health insurance policy and is currently on benzodiazepines, pay close attention…
Benzodiazepine withdrawal takes time and needs to occur at a safe rate. At Point of Return, our benzo withdrawal program usually takes between from 20 and 40 weeks or even longer. It is crucial to take the time needed to taper benzodiazepines safely. If tapered too quickly, individuals can suffer through a rapid withdrawal that can be very dangerous.
Alarmingly, Kaiser is not properly addressing benzodiazepine withdrawal and is requiring a taper rate that is far too rapid. Individuals who currently have Kaiser health insurance have reported reduction rates as fast as 25% with the entire withdrawal being completed in a month.
This is way too fast!
The side effects of following a rapid withdrawal can be very dangerous – such as very high blood pressure. This is why it is so important to taper benzodiazepines at a proper rate.
At Point of Return, we work with each individual to come up with a customized withdrawal plan and taper rate. Our benzo withdrawal program takes anywhere from four to ten months to complete – that’s a far cry from the one month plan that Kaiser is implementing.
You can read Kaiser Permanente's Benzodiazepine and Z-Drug Safety Guideline here.
If you have a Kaiser Permanente health insurance policy, we recommend utilizing a safe and effective benzodiazepine withdrawal program to taper off benzodiazepines before Kaiser has the chance to force you into a rapid withdrawal program that could be extremely difficult and dangerous.
We at Point of Return are helping people who want to get off benzodiazepines and get their life back, and we do it in a way that prevents severe, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms that result from tapering off of benzos far too quickly.
If you have any questions or are ready to get started, send us a message or call us toll-free at 866-605-2333.