Xanax Addiction Treatment

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Xanax is a prescription drug commonly used to treat panic disorders, anxiety symptoms and sleep disorders. It works by acting on the brain chemicals that show an imbalance in individuals affected by anxiety. When used responsibly under a doctor’s supervision, Xanax can help affected individuals lead normal lives. However, when used inappropriately or abused in some way or the other, it can lead to serious mental and physical side effects, such as dizziness, fainting, coma and even death.

Some of the common side effects of Xanax abuse 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 use of Xanax and other benzos can cause changes in the brain, making the effect of medications less effective. This can eventually lead to an addiction.

Symptoms of Xanax abuse

An individual of any age group can develop an addiction to Xanax. In case of an addiction to this drug, he/she is likely to exhibit the following signs:

  • Hiding pills in another container
  • Pill popping
  • Frequent doctor appointments
  • Doctor shopping
  • Memory issues
  • Sluggishness

Patients can get physically dependent on the drug that can lead to the development of tolerance to the drug. However, it is not necessary that this will lead to an addiction to the drug. But if a person is addicted, it implies that he/she has already developed tolerance and is dependent on that drug.

Addiction to any drug, including Xanax, can lead to uncontrollable cravings. To satiate the need, an individual can go to any extent to procure the drug, including taking to illegal and dangerous activities. In such a situation, it is important to seek treatment for Xanax addiction from a specialized Xanax rehab center in your vicinity.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Effects of Xanax abuse

Xanax works on the same receptors in the brain as alcohol. When both these substances are used together, the effects of each multiplies. Similar to the effects of alcohol intoxication, Xanax use also causes sedation and confusion. An overdose of Xanax can also lead to respiratory depression, causing the individual to stop breathing. When used with alcohol, even a lower dose of Xanax can lead to overdose because of the synergistic effects of both the substances.

Short-term use of Xanax increases the activity of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter in the brain, which in turn, helps quell anxiousness and fearful feelings. This, in turn, helps an individual feel calmer and better.

The increased activity of GABA in the brain leaves less energy available for other neurotransmitter activity, such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and acetyl choline. These brain paths are responsible for everyday alertness, coordination, memory, emotional responses and muscle tone.

It is true that Xanax and other benzos provide immediate relief compared to antidepressants that can take weeks to regulate the system. But it is also important to understand that the brain system slows itself to adjust to benzos. Therefore, if the use of these drugs is stopped or changed suddenly, the brain might overreact, and in turn, lead to the development of various withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax also has short-lived efficacy. But it is easy to get addicted to it. People often see a resurgence of undesirable psychological symptoms even between doses, enhancing the addictive nature of the drug.

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Getting help for Xanax abuse

One should not abruptly discontinue the use of benzos. Instead, one should ideally adopt a gradual tapering schedule during detoxification, under a medical supervision. This is because abruptly withdrawing the drug might lead to severe harmful effects, including seizures.

At Sovereign Health, our Xanax treatment ensures that individuals addicted to benzodiazepines are supervised continuously during their detoxification treatment so that the drug is weaned off completely from their bodies.

Xanax rehab centers by Sovereign Health offer both detox programs and rehabilitation facility, which, in turn, make them a comprehensive facility to attain sobriety.

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Why choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health provides comprehensive Xanax addiction treatment to help patients regain control of their lives. This begins with a Xanax detox treatment, offered at one of our specialized Xanax detox centers, which is then followed by a holistic treatment to ensure a lasting recovery.

Xanax recovery is possible through proper treatment at reliable treatment centers. Sovereign Health is a leading addiction treatment provider that offers individualized recovery, keeping in view each patient’s rehabilitation and therapeutic needs. Some of the distinguishing features of Sovereign Health’s treatment facilities are:

  • Join Commission-accredited treatment
  • Tailored treatment plans
  • Facilities across the United States
  • Treatment for dual diagnosis that deals with mental disorder, substance abuse and eating or behavioral disorder simultaneously
  • Flexible payment options, including insurance coverage and private pay installment plans
  • Brain restoration and cognitive modalities, alternative therapies and nutritional and practical daily regimen tools

The dual diagnosis aspect is a key differentiator of Sovereign Health. Addiction, be it to any substance, often sprouts from a more deeply embedded mental disturbance. Therefore, at Sovereign Health, we make sure that the person is treated not just for addiction but also for his/her mental illness.

Sovereign Health understands the pain of each patient. That’s why we have a team of experts comprising doctors, therapists, alternative therapy experts and residential attendants who design customized treatment for each person for a lasting recovery.

If you are grappling with Xanax addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information about our Xanax treatment plan, call our 24/7 helpline.