Xanax Addiction Treatment
Xanax, which also goes by the generic name of alprazolam, is a legal drug that is commonly prescribed by physicians for the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders. Although it is medically beneficial, it also carries a high risk of addiction if misused. People who become addicted to Xanax may develop a number of problems and run the risk of an overdose. Because of these concerns, it is important that people do not underestimate it or the problems that it may cause. Armed with a better understanding of the drug, people can more easily recognize the need for True Recovery Xanax addiction treatment, whether it is for themselves or for someone they care about.
Xanax Abuse and Addiction
Xanax is an FDA-approved benzodiazepine, which is a category of central nervous system depressant
. It is also one of the most highly prescribed drugs in the nation. It works by slowing down the brain to produce a sedating effect that helps reduce anxiety and relax one’s muscles. When used in excess or in high doses, it can lead to physical and psychological dependence. As a short-acting benzodiazepine, Xanax has a rapid onset that results in a greater effect that is often preferred by those who abuse the drug, and this increases the chances of addiction. People who misuse it often combine it with alcohol or other drugs, such as prescription opioids
, for a more intense high. To avoid becoming addicted to Xanax, one should only take the drug as prescribed by their physician. When a person has a problem with Xanax abuse, they may seek multiple doctors to write out prescriptions for them and may even drive long distances to do so. Others may get the drug by stealing prescriptions, forging signatures, buying them from illegal sources, or sharing prescriptions.
Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects of Xanax Abuse and Addiction
Before one gets to the point of receiving Xanax addiction treatment, they must first recognize that there is a problem. An addicted individual may experience mood swings, rage, mania, anxiety, and depression. They may begin to indulge in risky behavior and display a noticeable decrease in inhibition. People who misuse Xanax may also experience side effects that include hallucinations and problems with their memory, blurred vision, and a decrease in sexual interest. Some may become easily confused or disoriented.
Risk of Dependence, Overdose, and Withdrawal
Overdose and withdrawal are two of the biggest dangers associated with Xanax abuse and addiction. There is a very high threat of overdose and death that increases in people who take it with other drugs. Some signs of an overdose include slurred speech, drowsiness, weakness, difficulty breathing, and coma.
When people who have developed a dependence on Xanax attempt to stop without any professional assistance, they may have withdrawal symptoms that generally begin three to four days after the last use. At that time, one may experience increased anxiety and insomnia. Following these symptoms, the severity increases, and symptoms may include shaky hands and body tremors, a rapid heart rate, and sweating that can continue for up to 14 days. After this period, symptoms generally subside, although some people may continue to experience milder symptoms for weeks or even months. It is very important that people seek help before attempting to stop Xanax, as sudden discontinuation can create a life-threatening situation if one has seizures, develops suicidal thoughts, or attempts suicide. True Recovery can help by making arrangements for our clients to detox at a licensed and accredited detox center, then facilitating the transition to our facility for individualized recovery.
How True Recovery Can Aid Your Rehabilitation
At True Recovery, we help our clients recover from Xanax addiction by offering an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) and access to comfortable and safe structured sober living environments. We’ll customize your treatment plan to ensure that you are getting the best care for your needs. For many of our clients, a major part of their treatment involves discussing what they want to accomplish in life and helping them set goals and build skills to make their dreams a reality. In addition, we also provide addiction counseling and group sessions that are led by our highly trained staff. We accept private insurance
plans and provide services to individuals who are new or returning following a relapse. Call today and discover how we offer top-quality care to our clients.