Xanax Addiction Treatment
Xanax Addiction Treatment at Promises
Promises treatment centers offers Xanax addiction treatment that’s evidence-based and compassionate. You’ll address underlying issues like trauma and mental health disorders. We’ll teach you healthy coping skills so you can thrive in recovery.
Xanax addiction treatment may start with medical detox, especially if you’ve been abusing alcohol and other drugs. We make sure Xanax withdrawal and detox is safe and as comfortable as possible. In medical detox, we gradually wean you off Xanax. We may treat you with other medications that ease Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Our 24/7 medical staff monitors you around the clock and quickly attend to any discomfort.
Inpatient Drug Rehab
We’ll tailor a treatment plan to your needs. Following medical detox, Xanax addiction treatment includes:
- Individual behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
- Alternative therapies
These approaches help you address the reasons you abuse drugs, change your behaviors and learn healthy skills to cope with difficult feelings. Our staff attends to co-occurring mental health disorders as well. For instance, you may also be struggling with an anxiety disorder or depression. Drug rehab treats both your physical health and mental health.
One therapeutic approach that we draw on in Xanax addiction treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is a specific type of behavioral therapy used to treat substance abusers. It’s been widely studied and proven effective. We use cognitive behavioral therapy in drug rehab to help you identify destructive thoughts and behaviors. You’ll practice replacing them with healthy ones. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially useful in treating depression, an anxiety disorder or underlying trauma.
Aftercare is essential to staying sober after leaving drug rehab. Our treatment center provides continuing care plans. We’ll help you plan for life after residential treatment. Our treatment team will connect you with recovery resources in your area. These may include:
- Support groups
- Sober-living residences
- Promises’ alumni network
Xanax is the brand name for the generic medication alprazolam. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1981. The prescription drug alprazolam belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Doctors use these to treat conditions like:
- Panic attacks
- Muscle spasms
Like other drugs in this class, the brand name Xanax or its generic form (alprazolam) is typically prescribed as a:
- Anti-anxiety med
- Muscle relaxant
The brand name Xanax is sometimes prescribed “off label” for depression and to improve symptoms associated with sleep disorders. Some psychiatric professionals believe the effectiveness of Xanax is best when treating short-term anxiety issues. Benzodiazepines cause certain neurochemical changes in the brain when used improperly that can lead to substance abuse.
How Does Xanax Work?
Like other benzodiazepines, Xanax works by slowing down central nervous system (CNS) activity. This reduces certain chemical imbalances that contribute to anxiety and panic disorders. Brand name Xanax products are available in regular and extended-release tablets. Other alprazolam products are available in liquids and dissolving tablets.
Some drugs and medications only lead to physical dependence when used in excess. Xanax can lead to physical dependence even when taken according to a doctor’s orders. This is why Xanax use should be medically supervised by a physician or psychiatrist. They can monitor symptoms that indicate a negative impact on the central nervous system and address any signs of Xanax addiction.
Potential Side Effects of Xanax
Taking Xanax can cause side effects even without misuse. Side effects can make it dangerous to drive when taking Xanax. Studies show the drug can increase the risk of falls in older adults.
Side effects of benzodiazepines include:
- Memory problems
- Poor balance or coordination
- Slurred speech
- Trouble concentrating
- Increased sweating
- Upset stomach
- Blurred vision
- Appetite or weight changes
- Swelling in hands or feet
- Muscle weakness
- Dry mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Loss of interest in sex
Some research shows Xanax has a few unique withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines. These include delirium and psychosis caused by Xanax withdrawal. Alprazolam is more toxic than other benzodiazepines, so substance abusers need to be extra careful about Xanax overdose.
Taking Xanax can be very helpful for conditions like anxiety disorders when medically supervised. Doctors may also prescribe Xanax for one-time uses. An example is a patient that suffers anxiety and panic when flying. However, the prescription drug has a high potential for abuse. Due to their potential for misuse, addiction, and illicit diversion and sale, Xanax and other benzodiazepines are federally regulated.
The risks of Xanax abuse are potentially high. This is because alprazolam changes brain chemicals such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. When these changes recur repeatedly over time, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug. It begins relying on it to stay “balanced.” This is the basis for chemical dependence, a key factor in the development of Xanax addiction. Once physical dependence occurs, medical detox and specialized behavioral therapy is often needed to quit using Xanax.
Signs of Xanax addiction include:
- Taking Xanax in larger doses than prescribed
- Doctor shopping for Xanax
- Developing a tolerance to Xanax’s effects
- Experiencing Xanax withdrawal symptoms when decreasing or stopping the medication
- Feeling unable to control or curb Xanax use
- Experiencing negative social, personal and career consequences because of Xanax abuse
- Deteriorating mental health
Consider Xanax treatment if you can relate to any of the above signs.
Xanax Addiction Diagnosis
Under the guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association, doctors in the U.S. diagnose a Xanax addiction as a sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder. This encompasses both Xanax addiction and non-addictive Xanax abuse. Substance abusers must exhibit at least two or three symptoms to indicate serious problems with Xanax use. Severely affected users may experience as many as 11 different symptoms of problematic use. Doctors note the severity of each individual’s condition when making their diagnosis and residential treatment plan.
Xanax and Co-Occurring Substance Use
Many people who abuse Xanax or other benzodiazepines also abuse alcohol or another drug. Substance abusers most commonly take Xanax with other benzodiazepines, marijuana and opioid painkillers.
When taken with opioids, hypnotics, barbiturates or alcohol, the risk of overdose rises exponentially. The risk of overdose death is four times greater when benzodiazepines are combined with opioids. The combined depressant effects on the central nervous system can cause a dangerously slow heartbeat, breathing cessation and death. An effective treatment plan usually requires medical detox and comprehensive drug rehab.
Xanax Addiction Treatment
At Promises treatment center, we create personalized treatment plans that address the physical and psychological aspects of Xanax addiction. We offer medical detox to ease symptoms of Xanax withdrawal and proven approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy. You’ll learn healthy ways to cope with life’s stressors and manage the contributing factors of addiction, including mental health issues, trauma and relationship problems.
Contact us today to discuss Xanax addiction treatment. The call is confidential and free: 844-876-5568.
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