Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a prescription drug used for treating anxiety and panic disorders. It is also one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines, a group of psychoactive drugs with sedative effects.

It works by targeting the central nervous system (CNS), specifically by increasing the activity of chemical GABA in the brain which binds to receptors that control anxiety. This, in turn, produces a calming effect that helps reduce anxiety, relax the body, relieve stress and sleep. It can make some people experience a euphoric high as well.

It is highly addictive, especially when people consume it in more than the prescribed quantity or without a prescription. Continued consumption of this drug may result in the development of tolerance, which triggers the urge to consume an increased quantity of the drug to experience the same level of calming effect as before. This happens because the brain eventually stops producing GABA on its own and relies on the drug to do so. This dependence, in turn, might lead to Xanax abuse and an increased dependence on the drug to function normally.

Symptoms of Xanax abuse

Xanax abuse may make one experience a number of symptoms. Some of them are:

  • 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

Prolonged abuse of the drug can lead to addiction, which can take a serious toll on the health of the user. Some of the common symptoms of Xanax addiction include:

  • Hiding pills in another container
  • Pill popping
  • Frequent doctor appointments to get more Xanax prescriptions
  • Attempting to obtain multiple prescriptions from different doctors, i.e. “doctor shopping”
  • Intensive cravings for Xanax

The person consuming it can also experience long-term effects, such as:

  • Cognitive deficits
  • Delirious state of mind
  • Depression
  • Psychotic experiences
  • Aggressive and impulsive behavior
  • Memory impairment
  • Periods of sedation that may last up to four days
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Seeking treatment for Xanax addiction

The treatment for Xanax addiction starts with reducing or stopping the use of the drug during detoxification. However, during detox, the patient might experience withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be so severe that they can put an individual’s life at risk and even trigger a relapse. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms that an individual might experience are:

  • 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

This is why detoxification treatment for Xanax addiction should be sought from certified medical professionals at specialized Xanax rehab centers. This ensures that the withdrawal symptoms are monitored and treated properly by medical professionals, thereby, facilitating a smooth journey to recovery.

Medical detox is the first step of treatment for Xanax addiction. To attain complete recovery, the patient also needs to attend counseling and therapy sessions. This is important to understand how addiction affects the body and how one can combat it. Therapy sessions can also help in addressing the reasons that may have led the patient to abuse the drug in the first place. Hence, the patient gets to master the skills needed for living a drug-free life.

It is also important to make sure that the treatment includes identifying and treating any preexisting co-occurring illnesses. This is because if a person’s underlying illness, say depression, goes untreated, then he/she may be at a higher risk of relapse.

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Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida?

For those seeking treatment for Xanax addiction, Sovereign Health of Florida offers customized treatment programs. We are considered one of the best Xanax detox centers in Florida. Our treatment programs not only address addiction but also provide treatment for any co-occurring illness. This helps in ensuring that the patients get the best start as they begin to work toward recovery.

Xanax rehabilitation is offered at both Fort Myers and Pompano Beach facilities. Those wanting to undergo medical detox program can seek treatment at our Fort Myers’s Xanax detox treatment facility. Patients can either opt for outpatient care or inpatient care as part of our residential treatment programs where they receive 24/7 medical care under supervision in a relaxing and comforting environment. However, they are recommended to discuss the same with the consulting expert so that the need can be evaluated.

Both our facilities offer counseling and therapy services as well. Patients can attend individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They can also benefit from experiential therapies like yoga or art therapy, or equine therapy, all of which are conducted by trained professionals.

What gives us an edge over other centers is the fact that we follow a holistic approach to treatment and prepare our patients for a complete and lasting recovery. If you or your loved one needs treatment for Xanax addiction, call us on our 24/7 helpline or chat online. The road to recovery begins at Sovereign Health of Florida and our patients’ testimonials say it all.

Sovereign Health Group is a leading addiction, dual diagnosis and mental health treatment provider. Call our admissions team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get the help you deserve.

The dual diagnosis program was what attracted me to Sovereign Health. My therapist was always open for discussion and the group sessions were very informative and educational.

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