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Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax is one of the most commonly abused benzodiazepines or tranquilizers. As an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine, Xanax is a longer-acting benzodiazepine than other drugs of the same class like Halcion but is shorter acting than other benzodiazepines like Klonopin and Librium.

While the drug has legitimate medical uses such as in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders, and other similar conditions, it can quickly become habit-forming. Even those who are prescribed Xanax to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorder, or a related condition are at relatively high risk of developing drug dependence on prescription medication. And those who abuse Xanax recreationally are at higher risk still.

Understanding why this is is easier once you understand the effects that taking Xanax has on the brain. Taking Xanax enhances the action of the neurotransmitter GABA, which in turn suppresses activity throughout the central nervous system. This means that Xanax abuse can cause feelings of relaxation, calm, and euphoria, which can prompt people to abuse Xanax repeatedly so they can keep feeling these pleasurable effects.

However, as the brain adapts to habitual Xanax use, the person begins to need to engage in more and more Xanax abuse to feel the same high that they did when they first started taking the drug, a phenomenon known as tolerance. As Xanax dependence develops, they may then find themselves needing their Xanax use simply to feel normal or to avoid withdrawal symptoms rather than to get high at all.

In the extreme, this can result in the condition defined by the American Psychiatric Association and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as substance use disorder, which is primarily defined as habitual drug abuse that occurs despite clear negative consequences to an individual’s personal or professional life.

Because of the aforementioned feedback loop, those who want to break free from a Xanax addiction will often need to seek formal Xanax addiction treatment in a quality treatment facility. However, it is imperative that anyone who is struggling with Xanax addiction to seek a drug addiction treatment provider as promptly as possible, as Xanax addiction will only become harder to combat the longer the substance abuse continues.

Continuing this form of drug abuse also comes with the risk of health complications as severe as permanent cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease. Xanax overdose is also a risk because of the drug’s propensity to cause respiratory depression, especially when combined with opioid drugs or other drugs that can have a depressant effect, including alcohol.

Treating Xanax addiction generally requires professional help from a treatment center.

Understanding Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax withdrawal can be uniquely challenging, and treatment for Xanax addiction can be physically dangerous if not conducted under strict medical supervision. That’s because withdrawal symptoms may include panic attacks, hallucinations, insomnia, tremors, and convulsions. The most worrying side effects are convulsions. In extreme cases, they can be life-threatening, and adverse consequences alleged to result from these Xanax withdrawal symptoms also include permanent brain damage.

Given this potential for harm, it’s best to seek treatment for Xanax addiction in an inpatient rehab center that offers medical detox if you have developed any degree of physical dependence on your Xanax use over the course of your Xanax addiction. In medical detox, these more intense withdrawal symptoms can be dealt with promptly via immediate medical attention provided in the case of a medical emergency. And even those without such severe symptoms can likely be made much more comfortable by qualified healthcare providers who can be found at American addiction centers.

Though most of the aforementioned symptoms should begin to fade within two weeks of beginning the treatment process, some people may also experience protracted withdrawal from Xanax, a phenomenon known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Ironically, ceasing Xanax treatment may also result in “rebound” symptoms of the mental health problems the drug was initially prescribed to treat, which will likely now be even more intense than before.

Xanax Outpatient Treatment Options

Unfortunately, enduring Xanax withdrawal symptoms is only the first step to a full recovery from addiction. Breaking the initial habit is critical, but it’s just as important to make plans for long-term sobriety since relapses are a real possibility.

For many, continuing the recovery process means joining an outpatient rehab program that offers counseling sessions, behavioral therapy, and other rehabilitative activities. It also means building up a strong support network and leaning on friends and family.

Those who have already completed detox at an inpatient facility, or those who are unable to enter a residential treatment center, should pursue intensive outpatient treatment options. Outpatient rehab programs are ideal for people with mild addictions or for those who have already gone through the withdrawal process.

While some outpatient programs offer medically supervised detox, residential facilities remain the most trustworthy treatment options for acute withdrawal. However, in later phases of the substance abuse treatment process, outpatient treatment programs can offer similar addiction treatment to inpatient treatment programs while allowing patients more personal freedom. Outpatient treatment programs may also be able to address substance abuse at a lower cost than inpatient treatment centers while offering a very similar overall treatment plan.

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs In Delray Beach With Reco Intensive

Known as one of the best treatment centers in the Delray Beach area and beyond, Reco Intensive is a Delray Beach treatment provider specializing in Xanax addiction treatment. Using tried and true strategies like cognitive behavioral therapy as well as more innovative holistic treatment, our treatment program helps our patients to address the underlying mental health issues or histories of trauma that their Xanax addiction is likely only an expression of.

As a reputable professional treatment provider, we are a member of the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration and an accredited treatment provider with the Joint Commission International and a variety of other organizations with expertise in American addiction centers. Medical providers at our professional treatment facility are also capable of rendering medical advice and prescribing any necessary medications to treat these co-occurring mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is addicted to Xanax, call RECO Intensive now. Our intensive outpatient rehab program in Delray Beach, FL can help anyone to beat a Xanax dependency. Call us at (855) 799-1035 to reach our hotline or send us a confidential message through our site today to get back on the road to a brighter future.


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