Xanax Addiction Treatment
When you get the type and level of Xanax addiction treatment that’s right for you, you can overcome your self-defeating urges and achieve a much healthier and more hopeful future. Prescription drug abuse is a dangerous and potentially deadly behavior. If you or someone that you care about has become dependent on Xanax or another prescription medication, please know that effective help is available.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name of a prescription medication that is commonly used to treat certain anxiety disorders and insomnia. The active ingredient in Xanax is alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine.
Commonly known as benzos, benzodiazepines are depressants. This means that they produce a sense of relaxation and sedation. Other common benzos include Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Valium (diazepam).
When used as directed, Xanax can be extremely beneficial. But the misuse or intentional abuse of Xanax can lead to several negative outcomes, including addiction. When a person becomes addicted to this drug, they lose the ability to control the amount and frequency of their Xanax abuse. This puts them at risk for considerable harm.
Thankfully, addiction is a treatable disorder. When a person receives appropriate Xanax addiction treatment from a qualified provider, they can build a foundation for successful, long-term recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction
The first step in getting Xanax addiction treatment is to complete an assessment with one of our admissions coordinators. Once that has been completed, we should be able to recommend appropriate treatment options.
Why is Xanax Abused?
Once a person has become addicted to Xanax, two factors can keep them trapped:
- They have powerful cravings to use Xanax again and again.
- When they can’t (or don’t) use Xanax, they experience painful withdrawal symptoms.
The first withdrawal symptoms may begin to appear within six to 24 hours of a person’s last dose.
During the first day or two of Xanax withdrawal, common symptoms include elevated drug cravings, exhaustion, agitation, irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, and extreme mood swings.
By the third day of Xanax withdrawal, a person may develop physical symptoms such as muscle pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, racing heart rate, blurred vision, and headaches. These symptoms may be accompanied by various forms of psychological distress, including confusion, paranoia, a sense of detachment from one’s body, hallucinations, delusions, and panic.
The most intense symptoms of Xanax withdrawal usually begin to subside by the end of the first week. However, depending on the extent of the individual’s Xanax abuse, some symptoms may persist for two weeks or longer.
The combination of cravings and withdrawal symptoms can make it extremely difficult for a person to end their Xanax abuse on their own. But when a person enters a Xanax detox program, they can receive professional assistance to ease their distress. For many people, detox can be an ideal first step in the Xanax addiction treatment process.
What to Expect at Our Xanax Addiction Treatment Center in Tampa
When you get help at our Xanax addiction treatment center in Tampa, here’s what you can expect:
- You will work with a team of dedicated professionals who truly care about you. These compassionate experts will encourage you to play an active role in your treatment to the greatest degree you are able.
- Your care will include a variety of evidence-based therapies. Once you’ve completed detox, therapy can help you address the issues that contributed to your Xanax abuse and eventual addiction. Therapy can help you develop the skills you will need to resist relapse and respond to future challenges without resorting to Xanax abuse.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in treatment at one or more of the following levels: partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), and outpatient drug rehab. By offering multiple programming options, we can be sure you receive the level of care that’s right for you.
- If your struggles with Xanax addiction are accompanied by anxiety, depression, or another co-occurring mental health concern, your treatment plan will address the full scope of your needs.
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Benefits of Xanax Addiction Treatment in Tampa
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About The Contributor
Erika Dalton, LMSW
is the Community Content Editor at Tampa Bay Recovery Center.