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Treatment for Xanax Addiction

When Xanax use gets out of control, stopping can be difficult. Some people get hooked on this prescription drug during the course of normal use and find themselves unable to break free. Others use the drug illicitly in order to experience the calming effects. No matter how you got started using Xanax, it's essential to find help once you develop a dependence on the drug.

The Treatment Center provides individualized treatment plans that can help you overcome your dependence on Xanax. Contact an admissions counselor at (877) 392-3342 to get help dealing with your Xanax addiction. We're available 24/7 to give you a free, confidential phone consultation.

What Is Xanax and Xanax Abuse?

Xanax is the trade name for the drug alprazolam, and it belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, also known as benzos. This drug is prescribed as a treatment for anxiety, extreme stress and panic disorders, and it works as a central nervous system depressant. 

Any use outside what is prescribed by a doctor is considered Xanax abuse. This includes using more than prescribed, taking the drug more often than prescribed or using it without a prescription. Xanax abuse can involve taking the pills as-is or crushing and snorting them to deliver a more concentrated dose directly to the system. Crushing Xanax in this way makes an overdose more likely, so it is a particularly dangerous method of abuse.

Is Xanax Addictive?

Xanax is an addictive substance, and you can develop both a physical dependence on the drug and a psychological addiction. Many users experience increasing tolerance to Xanax, which means that over time, a higher dose of the drug is needed to experience the effects once seen at lower doses. Physical dependence on Xanax can lead to withdrawal symptoms once the drug is removed from the body. The psychological component of the addiction can cause users to crave the drug and seek it out even when Xanax use has negative effects on their health, work and relationships.

People who become addicted to Xanax can experience cravings for the drug. These cravings can be intense and can cause the addict to do things they might not otherwise do, including lying or stealing, in order to get more of the drug. If you or your loved one are exhibiting these behaviors, it’s time to reach out for help. Our dedicated admissions counselors are available around-the-clock to answer any questions you may have about our treatment programs. Contact us today at (877) 392-3342.

Negative Effects of Xanax Abuse

Sadly, Xanax abuse can quickly turn fatal due to complications when mixing the drug with other substances or taking a high dose. In fact, the incidence of fatal overdoses on CNS depressants, also referred to as tranquilizers and sedatives, has risen in recent years. Between 2001 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in deaths caused by an overdose of benzodiazepines, the class of drug that includes Xanax.

Taking a high dosage of Xanax causes other problems before the overdose, and these symptoms can be an indicator that the person needs immediate medical attention. Signs of a possible Xanax overdose include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting

Some people who take Xanax recreationally or as a way to self-medicate for specific conditions combine their Xanax use with other drugs or alcohol. Xanax and alcohol are never a good mix, as both substances affect the central nervous system. Using Xanax along with alcohol or other CNS depressants can overwhelm the body and cause slowed respiration and a slowed heart rate. In some cases, combining Xanax and alcohol can lead to severe overdose symptoms, including death.

Getting Help for a Xanax Addiction

Because Xanax addiction and dependence can be quite strong, professional help is necessary for an effective recovery. Stopping Xanax use is not only extremely difficult and dangerous on your own, but the chances of relapse are high without assistance.

If you're asking the question of whether you need treatment for Xanax abuse, you probably already know the answer. Treatment is appropriate if your use of Xanax feels out of your control or if it is affecting your relationships, school, work or everyday activities. Medical issues, legal troubles and mental health problems stemming from your Xanax use are strong signs that you need help dealing with drug abuse.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 392-3342 to learn more about how to initiate Xanax addiction treatment for yourself or someone you love. One of our dedicated and caring professionals is available around-the-clock to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

Treatment Options for Xanax Addiction

Our inpatient program at The Treatment Center is designed to provide a controlled, supportive environment that maximizes the chances of a successful recovery. You get full room and board, including chef-prepared meals, a comfortable sleeping space and access to our healing garden, so you can concentrate on your recovery without outside distractions. Our trained staff is available around-the-clock, and everyone around you is focused on your recovery.

The Treatment Assessment Process

Before the start of your journey toward sobriety, our trained staff must assess your specific situation and background to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your individualized treatment plan encompasses a whole-person approach, so you get physical help overcoming physiological dependence on Xanax, psychological counseling to address mental issues involving addiction and motivational support to encourage a return to healthy drug-free living.

Xanax Detox and Withdrawal

The first step in the recovery process is detox and withdrawal from Xanax. The Treatment Center offers medical monitoring during this process, so you have access to qualified medical care 24 hours a day while you go through withdrawal symptoms. Detox and withdrawal from benzodiazepines such as Xanax produces a wide range of symptoms, and the specific symptoms you experience depend on your level of dependence, personal physiology and overall health.

Xanax withdrawal symptoms usually begin within 1 to 2 days after you quit using the drug. symptoms usually last 2 to 4 weeks, but can sometimes continue for longer in people who have been using Xanax for a long period of time. Our staff will ensure you are medically safe and comfortable throughout the detox process and prepared to take on the next phase of treatment.

Dealing with Co-Occurring Conditions

If you originally starting taking Xanax to deal with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder, recovery from addiction needs to include treatment for the original condition as well. Professional psychiatrists and therapists on staff at The Treatment Center can address these conditions so you don't have to turn to drugs or alcohol for relief in the future.

The Treatment Center staff is also well versed in treating multiple addictions at once. If your Xanax abuse is accompanied by abuse of other drugs, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates or stimulants, you can have all of your addictions treated simultaneously to ensure that you are completely drug-free by the time you check out.

Effective Treatment Programs and Services

After Xanax has been purged from your system, ongoing care is necessary to ensure a full recovery from addiction. Psychological counseling, either in individual or group sessions, can help you develop coping skills and teach you how to resist temptation to start using again in the future. Christian counseling is available at The Treatment Center for those who want a faith-based approach to recovery, and family counseling helps you repair close relationships that were harmed by your Xanax abuse. 

Holistic treatment options address your spiritual and emotional needs during treatment. Lessons in life skills give you the mental and emotional tools to deal with exposure to drugs and alcohol in a social setting, so you can confidently engage in normal activities without falling into the old patterns that led to your initial addiction.

Contact our trained treatment professionals at (877) 392-3342 to start your journey towards a life free of Xanax or other drugs. Calls are kept confidential, and our line stays open 365 days a year to ensure access whenever you're ready to talk to someone about your recovery options.

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