Xanax Treatment Program
Proceed with caution
As one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines, alprazolam — more commonly known by the brand name Xanax — is used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and panic disorders. In addition to their anxiolytic effects, Xanax and other benzodiazepines also possess hypnotic, sedative and anticonvulsant properties. Other common benzodiazepines include:
- clonazepam (Klonopin)
- lorazepam (Ativan)
- diazepam (Valium)
- clobazam (Onfi)
- chordiazepoxide (Librium)
- temazepam (Restoril)
- triazolam (Halcion)
The Sovereign Health Group is a behavioral health treatment provider that is licensed to treat mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our expert staff provides patients with cutting-edge, evidence-based programs and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by licensed health professionals. We offer specialized facilities located throughout the United States and accept most forms of insurance. If you or a loved one has additional questions, contact our 24/7 helpline for more information.
Benzodiazepine tolerance, addiction and dependence
Benzodiazepines have an extremely high potential for addiction and recently emerged as one of the most commonly abused classes of prescription medications in the United States. After prolonged use, Xanax and other benzodiazepines can cause changes to the brain, making these medications less effective and, as a result, requiring higher dosages.
Individuals develop a tolerance to a drug when a greater amount of the substance is needed over time to produce the same initial response. A person with a tolerance to Xanax will need more of the drug over time to receive the same euphoric and anxiolytic effects.
Addiction is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following:
- impaired control over drug use
- compulsive use
- continued use despite harm
- uncontrollable cravings
Patients can develop physical dependence and tolerance to a drug but not necessarily become addicted. In most cases, though, the addicted person has already developed a tolerance and dependence to that drug. Uncontrollable cravings are the hallmark of addiction. These cravings cause addicts to go to extreme lengths to get their hands on the drug. This may include illegal and dangerous activity.
Benzodiazepines and alcohol
Benzodiazepines work on the same receptors in the brain as alcohol, and when both of these substances are used together, the effects of each will multiply. Similar to the effects of alcohol intoxication, benzodiazepine use also causes sedation and confusion. An overdose of benzodiazepines can lead to respiratory depression, causing the individual to stop breathing. When used with alcohol, overdose with benzodiazepines can occur at a lower dose because of the synergistic effects of both substances.
Getting clean and sober
Overcoming benzodiazepine addiction can be life threatening due to the serious withdrawal effects. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause agitation, a fluctuation in blood pressure and heart rates, and even seizures, which can be life-threatening.
Patients must be under medical supervision when they are trying to become clean. To be safely weaned off this medication, it is extremely important not to abruptly discontinue the use of Xanax, but rather to utilize a prescribed, slow taper over time.
At Sovereign Health, we ensure that individuals who are addicted to benzodiazepines are supervised throughout the entire detoxification process to ensure their utmost safety while being weaned off the drug.