Treatment for Xanax Addiction
When Xanax use gets out of control, stopping can be difficult. Some people get hooked on this prescription drug during the course of normal use and find themselves unable to break free. Others use the drug illicitly in order to experience the calming effects. No matter how you got started using Xanax, it's essential to find help once you develop a dependence on the drug.
The Treatment Center Outpatient Services provides individualized treatment plans that can help you overcome your dependence on Xanax. Contact an admissions counselor at (844)211-7944 to get help dealing with your Xanax addiction. We're available 24/7 to give you a free, confidential phone consultation.
What Is Xanax and Xanax Abuse?
Xanax is the trade name for the drug alprazolam, and it belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, also known as benzos. This drug is prescribed as a treatment for anxiety, extreme stress and panic disorders, and it works as a central nervous system depressant.
Any use outside what is prescribed by a doctor is considered Xanax abuse. This includes using more than prescribed, taking the drug more often than prescribed or using it without a prescription. Xanax abuse can involve taking the pills as-is or crushing and snorting them to deliver a more concentrated dose directly to the system. Crushing Xanax in this way makes an overdose more likely, so it is a particularly dangerous method of abuse.
Is Xanax Addictive?
Xanax is an addictive substance, and you can develop both a physical dependence on the drug and a psychological addiction. Many users experience increasing tolerance to Xanax, which means that over time, a higher dose of the drug is needed to experience the effects once seen at lower doses. Physical dependence on Xanax can lead to withdrawal symptoms once the drug is removed from the body. The psychological component of the addiction can cause users to crave the drug and seek it out even when Xanax use has negative effects on their health, work and relationships.
People who become addicted to Xanax can experience cravings for the drug. These cravings can be intense and can cause the addict to do things they might not otherwise do, including lying or stealing, in order to get more of the drug. If you or your loved one are exhibiting these behaviors, it’s time to reach out for help. Our dedicated admissions counselors are available around-the-clock to answer any questions you may have about our treatment programs. Contact us today at (844)211-7944.
Negative Effects of Xanax Abuse
Sadly, Xanax abuse can quickly turn fatal due to complications when mixing the drug with other substances or taking a high dose. In fact, the incidence of fatal overdoses on CNS depressants, also referred to as tranquilizers and sedatives, has risen in recent years. Between 2001 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in deaths caused by an overdose of benzodiazepines, the class of drug that includes Xanax.
Taking a high dosage of Xanax causes other problems before the overdose, and these symptoms can be an indicator that the person needs immediate medical attention. Signs of a possible Xanax overdose include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
Some people who take Xanax recreationally or as a way to self-medicate for specific conditions combine their Xanax use with other drugs or alcohol. Xanax and alcohol are never a good mix, as both substances affect the central nervous system. Using Xanax along with alcohol or other CNS depressants can overwhelm the body and cause slowed respiration and a slowed heart rate. In some cases, combining Xanax and alcohol can lead to severe overdose symptoms, including death.
Signs of Xanax Abuse
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), psychiatric medications such as Xanax are one of the most abused or misused prescription medications. SAMHSA notes that Xanax and similar sedatives can be overused for long-term sedative effects, but they can also be coupled with other medications to create a euphoric high.
Since Xanax is commonly prescribed for legitimate medical treatment, you might wonder if you or your loved one are abusing Xanax or are simply following a doctor's orders. For example, someone who has been taking Xanax for a while might have become accustomed to either the sedative effect or the high associated with over using, which means those effects might not be obvious to either the person taking Xanax or friends and family.
Xanax abuse usually involves other symptoms, and not all of them are easy to hide or ignore. Some signs of Xanax abuse include:
- Consistent drowsiness, fatigue or sedation
- Double or blurred vision
- Problems with memory, focus, coordination or concentration
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- A constantly dry mouth or throat
- Tremors or other involuntary movement
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Poor performance at work or school
If you are abusing Xanax or feel the need to take an increasing amount of the drug – or if you are frightened about the possibility of stopping the drug when your physician directs you to do so – then you might be dealing with a dependency or addiction.
Getting Help for a Xanax Addiction
Because Xanax addiction and dependence can be quite strong, professional help is necessary for an effective recovery. Stopping Xanax use is not only extremely difficult and dangerous on your own, but the chances of relapse are high without assistance.
If you're asking the question of whether you need treatment for Xanax abuse, you probably already know the answer. Treatment is appropriate if your use of Xanax feels out of your control or if it is affecting your relationships, school, work or everyday activities. Medical issues, legal troubles and mental health problems stemming from your Xanax use are strong signs that you need help dealing with drug abuse.
Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (844)211-7944 to learn more about how to initiate Xanax addiction treatment for yourself or someone you love. One of our dedicated and caring professionals is available around-the-clock to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
The Treatment Assessment Process
Before the start of your journey toward sobriety, our trained staff must assess your specific situation and background to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your individualized treatment plan encompasses a whole-person approach, so you get physical help overcoming physiological dependence on Xanax, psychological counseling to address mental issues involving addiction and motivational support to encourage a return to healthy drug-free living.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms and Duration
Withdrawal from Xanax involves many of the same symptoms that Xanax abuse does, though they are often more severe for the first week or two after you stop taking the medication.
Xanax withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Muscle pain
- Tingling or numbness in the limbs, particularly the fingers
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Digestive discomfort, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Tremors or other involuntary movements
- Blurry vision
- Trouble sleeping
- A reduced appetite
- Heart palpitations
- Feelings of anxiety that range from mild discomfort to panic
The first symptoms of Xanax withdrawal usually begin within six to 12 hours after you last took the medicine, though the exact time of onset depends on how much Xanax you are taking and how accustomed your body is to it. Xanax has a relatively short half-life, which means its effects wear off faster than many other prescription sedatives. That leads to faster signs of withdrawal and an increased chance that you might take more Xanax than prescribed or take Xanax to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
General symptoms usually peak in the first one to four days after you stop taking Xanax, which means you'll likely experience a full range of withdrawal effects within the first week. By the second week, the most acute symptoms peak, which often drives individuals who are trying to stop Xanax on their own back to use.
While the severity of withdrawal symptoms usually starts to decline after a few weeks, symptoms can be felt for months and might even be intermittent for years for those that don't seek professional help for their Xanax addiction.
Seeking professional assistance with a safe, effective Xanax detox doesn't make you weak. You wouldn't try to use willpower to fight off strept throat when antibiotics are a proven and safe option for treatment. Instead of relying solely on your own willpower, call our treatment counselors today.
Professionals are available 24 hours a day, any day of the year, to talk to you about treatment options. Call (844)211-7944 to talk to someone now if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of Xanax abuse or withdrawal.
Dealing with Co-Occurring Conditions
If you originally starting taking Xanax to deal with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder, recovery from addiction needs to include treatment for the original condition as well. Professional psychiatrists and therapists on staff at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services can address these conditions so you don't have to turn to drugs or alcohol for relief in the future.
The Treatment Center staff is also well versed in treating multiple addictions at once. If your Xanax abuse is accompanied by abuse of other drugs, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates or stimulants, you can have all of your addictions treated simultaneously to ensure that you are completely drug-free by the time you check out.
Effective Treatment Programs and Services
After Xanax has been purged from your system, ongoing care is necessary to ensure a full recovery from addiction. Psychological counseling, either in individual or group sessions, can help you develop coping skills and teach you how to resist temptation to start using again in the future. Christian counseling is available at The Treatment Center for those who want a faith-based approach to recovery, and family counseling helps you repair close relationships that were harmed by your Xanax abuse.
Holistic treatment options address your spiritual and emotional needs during treatment. Lessons in life skills give you the mental and emotional tools to deal with exposure to drugs and alcohol in a social setting, so you can confidently engage in normal activities without falling into the old patterns that led to your initial addiction.
Contact our trained treatment professionals at (844)211-7944 to start your journey towards a life free of Xanax or other drugs. Calls are kept confidential, and our line stays open 365 days a year to ensure access whenever you're ready to talk to someone about your recovery options.