Xanax Addiction Treatment

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Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat panic and anxiety symptoms. When used responsibly under a doctor’s supervision, the drug can help patients to lead normal lives. However, the drug is also highly addictive. When abused, Xanax can have serious mental and physical side effects, including dizziness, fainting, coma and even death.

Sovereign Health provides comprehensive Xanax addiction treatment to help patients regain control of their lives. We offer detox services to safely wean patients out of Xanax dependence as well as the latest treatment modalities to deliver the best chance at a lasting recovery.

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)

Benzodiazepines – usually referred to as benzos – have an extremely high potential for addiction.

Side Effects of Xanax Abuse:

  • 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

After prolonged use, Xanax and other benzos can cause changes to the brain, making these medications less effective and, as a result, requiring higher dosages.

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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Red Flags of Xanax Addiction:

Someone who has developed into a Xanax addict may exhibit some of these signs:

  • Hiding pills in another container
  • Explaining away pill popping
  • Frequent doctor appointments
  • Doctor shopping

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 any addiction. These cravings cause addicts to go to extreme lengths to get their hands on the drug. This may include illegal and dangerous activity. In these cases, treatment for Xanax addiction through a Xanax rehab center may be necessary.

Xanax Inside the Body:

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

In the short-term, Xanax slows the firing off of brain cells by increasing the activity of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter, which quell anxious and fearful feelings. With these ill effects on mute, a person feels calmer.

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.

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Xanax and other benzos provide immediate relief where antidepressants can take weeks to regulate the system.

But the brain system slows itself to adjust to the benzos, so if use stops or changes suddenly, the brain overcompensates, and this causes withdrawal symptoms.

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

Xanax Addiction Treatment at Sovereign

It’s a matter of life and death to not abruptly discontinue us of benzos. Instead, it’s necessary to go through a medically supervised, gradual taper with Xanax detox. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can sometimes cause fatal seizures, among other harmful effects.

At Sovereign Health, our Xanax treatment ensures individuals who are addicted to benzodiazepines are supervised throughout the entire detoxification process to ensure utmost safety while being weaned off the drug.

Xanax rehab centers can offer detox and rehabilitation, but only holistic programs like those of Sovereign Health offer rehab for Xanax addiction that cultivates lasting wellness by addressing hidden issues that spurred substance abuse.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Xanax recovery is possible but normally can only be found with proper treatment. This treatment can be found through Sovereign Health.

Sovereign Health is a leading treatment provider in individualizing recovery to line up with each patient’s rehabilitation and therapeutic needs.

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

This dual diagnosis aspect is a key differentiator for Sovereign. Whether addiction is to an illicit or a controlled substance, it most often sprouts from a more deeply embedded mental disturbance. Anxiety, trauma, and genetic predisposition to mental disorder or substance abuse are all realistic co-occurring issues for which dual diagnosis encapsulates.

Sovereign Health understands there’s more to each person’s story than meets the eye. That’s why we are a safe haven of doctors, therapists, alternative therapy experts and residential attendants all unified to customize treatment to each person for lasting wellness.

If you are struggling as a Xanax addict, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information about our Xanax treatment please call our 24/7 helpline.