Xanax Addiction Treatment at Promises
People with an addiction to Xanax will typically require a period of medical detox where they are gradually weaned off of the drug over time. In addition to supervised detoxification, Xanax addiction treatment includes individual psychotherapy and group therapy as well as alternative therapies. One specific form of psychotherapy used to treat people recovering from Xanax addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help people identify and replace the dysfunctional behaviors that increase the likelihood of Xanax abuse and other destructive behaviors in stressful situations.
Xanax is the brand name of a generic medication, alprazolam. Alprazolam belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines, which doctors use to treat people affected by anxiety disorders, seizures and muscle spasms. Because of the certain chemical changes they make inside the brain, benzodiazepines can produce substance abuse and substance addiction when used improperly. Doctors diagnose Xanax abuse or addiction under the condition: sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder.
Like all other benzodiazepines, Xanax achieves its basic effects by slowing down the rate of activity inside the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). This slowdown helps reduce certain chemical imbalances that contribute to feelings of increased anxiousness. Xanax comes in forms that include tablets and extended-release tablets. Other alprazolam products come in additional forms that include liquids and dissolving tablets.
The risks for Xanax abuse are substantial because alprazolam makes certain changes in the brain’s chemical environment. When these changes recur repeatedly over time, the brain can start to rely on the presence of the medication and come to treat it as an essential chemical component. This reliance is the basis for chemical dependence, a key factor in the development of substance addiction.
Addiction to Xanax occurs when a user:
- Starts to experience recurring cravings for more of the medication
- Begins to orient his or her life around satisfying those cravings
- Develops an increasing tolerance to the effects of the medication
- Experiences withdrawal symptoms when Xanax intake stops or drops quickly
- Demonstrates an inability to control Xanax intake
- Experiences serious life disruption or impairment as a result of Xanax
Xanax Addiction Diagnosis
Under the current guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association, doctors in the U.S. don’t directly diagnose Xanax addiction. Instead, they diagnose sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder, which encompasses both Xanax addiction and non-addicted Xanax abuse. At bare minimum, before receiving a diagnosis for this disorder, a person must have at least two or three symptoms that indicate serious problems with the use of Xanax. Severely affected users may have as many as 11 separate symptoms of problematic Xanax intake. Doctors note the severity of each patient’s condition when making their diagnoses.
Xanax in Combination with Other Substances
Many people who abuse Xanax or other benzodiazepines also abuse alcohol or another drug. The drugs most commonly abused with benzodiazepines are marijuana and forms of opioid narcotics. Unlike some drugs and medications, which only produce problems with chemical dependence or addiction when used to excess, Xanax can potentially produce problems with dependence and addiction when taken according to a doctor’s orders. For this reason, doctors who prescribe the medication typically monitor their patients closely and limit the overall length of Xanax use.
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