Xanax Addiction Treatment

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Xanax is a prescription drug that is used to treat panic attacks and anxiety symptoms, but what starts as a helpful tool can become an escapist, addictive vice. Xanax can have dangerous mental and physical side effects when used excessively or for reasons outside of those prescribed by a doctor.

Xanax addiction treatment through Sovereign Health helps patients regain control of their lives with a combination of thorough detox services and the modern treatment modalities to best set a person up for success and real recovery.

Alprazolam, known to laymen as Xanax, is perhaps the most popularly prescribed benzodiazepine. It was designed to alleviate anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders.

Xanax and related benzodiazepines also contain sedative, hypnotic and anticonvulsant properties. Benzodiazepines in the same family as Xanax include:

  • Clobazam (Onfi)
  • Chordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)

Those who use benzodiazepines – also called benzos – are extremely vulnerable to addiction.

Side Effects of Xanax Abuse:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drowsiness, dizziness and sedation
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech, confusion, lack of focus or coordination
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Tremors
  • Upset stomach, nausea or vomiting

Xanax and other benzos can cause changes to the brain over time. Tolerance is also built up with long-term use, which makes these medications less effective and subsequently requiring higher or more frequent dosages.

Red Flags of Xanax Addiction:

A Xanax addict may demonstrate some of the following red flags:

  • Doctor shopping to get more of the drug than standard allotments
  • Disguising pills in another container
  • Explaining away pill-popping habits
  • Frequent doctor appointments

Patients prescribed the drug can progress into a degree of tolerance and even dependence but not develop negative addiction. Uncontrollable cravings are the trademark of any addiction. These cravings spur addicts to go to extremes to obtain the drug of choice, such as illegal activity and risky behaviors.

Xanax Inside the Body

Xanax boosts the activity of the gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter, which abates anxious and fearful feelings but also slows brain communication across the board. A person feels calmer, but reaction times and critical thinking are mitigated.

As brain energy is re-routed toward GABA activity in the brain, less energy is available for other neurotransmitter functions, namely: acetyl choline, dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin. These brain paths are responsible for everyday alertness, coordination, memory, emotional responses and muscle tone.

Xanax impacts the same neurotransmitters as alcohol in the brain. Consumed together, the detrimental effects are compounded. Xanax also causes sedation and confusion.

Overdosing on Xanax can cause breathing difficulty. It’s also important to understand overdose on Xanax can result at a lower dose because of the synergistic effects when consumed with alcohol in the system.

If all the danger, why take benzos? Xanax and the like provide immediate relief of symptoms whereas antidepressants can take weeks to normalize the brain. If relief is speedy so are the withdrawal symptoms if use stops or changes dosage suddenly.

Xanax’s fast-acting nature also means short-interval relief. This means patients take it more frequently than perhaps other drugs, which is why it’s easy to become addicted to. In fact, people often experience a return of adverse psychological symptoms even between doses.

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Xanax Addiction Treatment at Sovereign Health

It can be fatal to abruptly stop benzo use. A patient needing treatment for Xanax addiction will need to go through a medically supervised, gradual detox with Xanax. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause fatal seizures in addition to other symptoms.

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.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Xanax recovery is possible through the holistic recovery offered by Sovereign Health; a leading treatment provider in customizing recovery to align with each patient’s therapeutic and rehabilitation needs. We offer:

  • Brain restoration and cognitive modalities, alternative therapies, nutrition and skill-building workshops
  • Facilities across nationwide
  • Flexible payment options
  • Join Commission-accredited treatment
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Treatment for dual diagnosis of mental disorder, with substance abuse, chronic pain, eating or behavioral disorder

Dual diagnosis aspect is a top distinguisher for Sovereign. Addiction usually sprouts from a more deep-seeded mental disturbance.

Genetic predisposition to mental disorder, anxiety, trauma and substance abuse are co-occurring issues for which dual diagnosis encapsulates.

Sovereign Health understands there’s more to each person’s story beneath the surface. That’s why we are a holistic hub of doctors, therapists, alternative therapy experts and residential attendants all working in synch to personalize treatment to each person for long-term wellness. To learn more about our Xanax treatment options please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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