Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a prescription drug that treats anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine, a group of psychoactive drugs that have sedative effects. Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines, which means it is also one of the most abused prescription drugs.

Xanax works by targeting the central nervous system of the brain, specifically by increasing the GABA activity, a chemical that binds to receptors that control anxiety. This produces a calming affect that reduces anxiety and relaxes the body, relieves stress and can help people sleep. Some people may experience a euphoric high effect as well.

Xanax is highly addictive, especially when people take more than prescribed or without a prescription. A person who takes Xanax for a long time may develop a tolerance to it, which means they take more of the drug to get the same calming effects. This is because the brain may eventually stop producing GABA on its own, and rely on the drug to do so. This can lead to people abusing Xanax in order to function in their day-to-day lives. This comes with a cost however, as people often experience side effects such as:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness and sedation
  • Irritability
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech, confusion, lack of focus or coordination
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Upset stomach, nausea or vomiting
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Tremors
  • Loss of interest in sex

Abusing the drug can also lead to Xanax addiction, the symptoms of which can take over a person’s life. Those symptoms include:

  • Hiding pills in another container
  • Explaining away pill popping
  • Frequent doctor appointments to get more Xanax prescriptions
  • Attempting to obtain multiple prescriptions for Xanax from different doctors, which is known as “doctor shopping”
  • Intensive cravings for Xanax

They can also experience long-term effects, such as:

  • Cognitive deficits
  • Delirious states
  • Depression
  • Psychotic experiences
  • Aggressive and impulsive behavior
  • Memory impairment
  • Periods of sedation that last up to four days

For those who are struggling with Xanax abuse or addiction, they will need to seek Xanax addiction treatment.

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Xanax Addiction Treatment

Treatment for Xanax addiction starts with a person stopping the use of the drug, which is known as detox. However, the withdrawal symptoms for Xanax can be severe enough that a person may relapse. They can also be life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Numb fingers
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

For these reasons, treatment for Xanax addiction should be done with the help of medical professionals at Xanax rehab centers. While a person goes through detox, their withdrawal symptoms can be treated and monitored by medical professionals.

Medical detox is only the first step of Xanax addiction treatment, however. Xanax rehab will also need to include counseling and therapy, so a person can learn more about how addiction works, and learn how to combat it. Therapy can also address the reasons a person abused Xanax in the first place, and give them the tools and skills they need to live a drug-free life.

Xanax addiction treatment should also include treating any co-occurring illnesses. If a person has an underlying illness, such as depression, that goes untreated, they may find themselves at a higher risk of relapse.

Xanax Addiction Treatment at Sovereign Health of Florida

For those seeking treatment for Xanax addiction, Sovereign Health offers customized treatment programs for each of their patients. These treatment programs not only address addiction, but they will also provide treatment for any co-occurring illnesses. This ensures their patients have the best start as they work toward recovery.

Xanax rehab centers can be found at both our Fort Myers facility and Pompano Beach facility. For those who need medical detox, patients can seek treatment at our Fort Myers’ facility. Patients can either receive outpatient care or inpatient care in our residential treatment programs. They’ll receive 24/7 medical care and supervision in an environment that promotes relaxation and recovery.

Both of our facilities offer counseling and therapy services as well. Patients can receive individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They can also find holistic therapies, such as yoga or art therapy or equine therapy.

If you or a loved one need rehab for Xanax addiction, don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 hotline. The road to recovery begins at Sovereign Health.

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