WHAT IS XANAX?
If you’ve ever been treated for anxiety or panic disorder, you might have been given Xanax to help you deal with some of the symptoms.
Xanax, which is also known by its pharmaceutical name of alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine.
Benzodiazepines, which are sometimes called “benzos”, represent a class of psychoactive drugs. Heterocyclic by nature, they are made up of organic compounds that are used as tranquilizers.
In the case of Xanax, the drug affects chemicals in the brain that may have (emotional) balance issues.
People who are prescribed Xanax can suffer from anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders.
These attacks are commonly caused by depression.
HOW CAN XANAX REHAB HELP?
Xanax is a hard habit to quit. But, with dedication, hard work, and a refusal to give up, you can begin to enjoy a life without Xanax.
To help avoid relapse, you’ll be encouraged to take part in group work to shore up your newly discovered sobriety, and keep you on the road to a clean lifestyle.
Our experienced staff won’t just support you as you address your Xanax dependency, they will also make you aware of trigger situations that can cause you to relapse.
Choosing a rehabilitation center with a robust support staff can be a big advantage when recovering from Xanax abuse. Now is the time to take that first step.
XANAX INPATIENT REHAB
Inpatient care is for patients with severe substance use disorders that require around-the-clock monitoring from qualified treatment professionals. If a patient can’t cope with the withdrawal symptoms on his or her own, they will need inpatient care.
Because Xanax is such an intense and powerful drug whose addictive nature can come into play in a matter of days, in most Xanax cases qualified rehab centers suggest those recovering from Xanax abuse choose inpatient care.
Inpatient visitations are very important for people who are recovering from substance abuse.
Visiting loved ones and friends who are in rehab reassures the patient that there are people out in the world who still care about them.
That said, there will be times in the rehab process when visitation will be restricted. During the initial Xanax detox, you likely won’t be allowed to visit.
Make careful note of how your loved one is doing in rehabilitation. If they are positive and upbeat, now might be a good time to stop by. Whereas, if the person in treatment is struggling with the recovery process, it may be best to wait.
Always check with the healthcare professional assigned to your loved one before showing up for a visit.
XANAX OUTPATIENT REHAB
Some people may not require the intensity of inpatient rehab for their addiction.
Even with the power Xanax has, there can be those who have less of an addiction, and can option to choose outpatient Xanax rehab.
Keep in mind that although outpatient Xanax detox and treatment can be less expensive, if something goes wrong, treatment professionals can’t necessarily provide help as urgently.
THE PROCESS FOR XANAX REHAB
Because Xanax addiction is so common, having a program and process custom made for your particular addiction is a fairly straightforward process.
First, we analyze how much and for how long you have been abusing Xanax, then through a combination of therapy, one-on-one and group counseling sessions, we drill down to find the root of your dependency.
We’ll also help you identify which aspects of your life could trigger a relapse.
With Xanax, we investigate the circumstances that can cause a person to fall from the wagon. This includes holiday and birthday celebrations as well as a variety of other events. We look into what these events can mean to you, and how you might deal with them to protect yourself and your sobriety’s progress.
Along with counseling to help with your mental and emotional wellbeing, our rehabilitation process also addresses your physical health. We start with a low-impact exercise program, which includes activities like stretching and yoga.
Getting into better physical shape will help you resist using Xanax when the inevitable cravings strike.
Remember, addiction can also physically damage you through weight gain (or loss) as well as a host of other ailments and in some cases, injuries.
THE LENGTH OF XANAX TREATMENT
Because each addiction is different, each timeline as to the length of treatment is also different.
With Xanax, treatment can last from a matter of a few days to a month or more, depending upon the severity of the abuse.
Also keep in mind that Xanax treatment doesn’t just involve detox and a week or two of recovery. Extended counseling is needed to fortify one’s sobriety as well as continual maintenance.
In addition to helping you quit using Xanax, your treatment will help give you the emotional, mental, and physical strength to stay sober in the face of temptation.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF XANAX?
Like many other prescription pills, the power of Xanax is in the medication’s effect on the brain’s reward system.
Xanax and other tranquilizers, however, work differently from prescription pills, like painkillers.
Painkillers, in their truest form, seek to block discomfort experienced from an injury, surgery, or chronic pain. They are prescribed with a limit and timeline for when a patient’s pain should subside. When that time comes, the patient is taken off the painkillers.
Tranquilizers operate much differently in that their mission is to replace a chemical that might be lacking or missing in the brain’s chemistry. In short, Xanax and others like it, make up for what the brain lacks, and in that has the potential to become extremely addictive.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM XANAX ABUSE?
The most notable effect of long-term Xanax abuse is addiction. This occurs as the drug rewires the brain’s reward system around the drug itself. The end result is dependency on Xanax which in turn may mean a lengthy withdrawal.
Of course, if caught early, the withdrawals may not be as bad as they might be for a person who has been a long-term user of the drug.
Some effects of Xanax use and abuse can include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Social isolation
- Relationship conflicts
- Legal problems
- Financial problems
- Inability to function at work or school
- Muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
- Uncontrollable muscle twitches
- Suicidal ideation
HOW EXACTLY DOES XANAX CAUSE ADDICTION?
If Xanax is continually taken, a tolerance will eventually build up, leaving the patient to need more of the drug to maintain its initial feel-good effects.
In fact, some individuals don’t even realize they have an addiction to Xanax until their prescription runs out. Once that happens, the patient will more than likely experience some withdrawal symptoms.
Keep in mind that addiction of any sort, as well as any eventual withdrawal, can be extremely difficult to go through. This is as true, if not more so with Xanax, particularly if a patient has been a long-term user of the drug.
For the fact is, Xanax users who have been on the drug for lengthy periods of time, will find the medication has rewired their brain’s reward system so that without the Xanax, the chemicals are virtually nonexistent.
In short, withdrawing from Xanax addiction can be dangerous so it should only be done under the supervision of a licensed medical professional in a safe environment.
As one detoxes, they slowly reduce the Xanax in their body to help minimize withdrawals that in some cases could be life threatening. Those withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Intense sweating
- Nervous feelings
- Aggressive behavior
- Weight loss
- Tingling sensation in hands and feet
- Suicidal thoughts
- Death resulting from suicide or other health complications
WHAT ARE SOME XANAXODS THAT CAN HELP ME LIMIT MY XANAX USE?
Know yourself first. And know how you can help yourself mitigate your need for Xanax. Study the following four aspects to understand how Xanax can apply to you.
Genetics – Is there a history of substance abuse in your family? Genetics can play a vital part in your own problem with addiction. At issue is whether or not those genetics can be controlled in light of a potential substance abuse issue. If you do have relatives with histories of addiction, you should contact a reputable substance abuse counselor for their advice. Keep in mind that individuals with close relatives with a penchant for substance abuse are twice as likely to also abuse substances.
Brain Chemistry – The benzodiazepine properties of Xanax assist a patient’s brain in creating chemicals that act on the reward system in the central nervous system. This creates pleasure and relaxation within the patient. The problem with some Xanax users, however, is their brain may make little to no chemicals associated with pleasure and relaxation, leaving the person to rely on Xanax for their happiness.
If possible, investigate Xanax alternatives that can help you naturally develop chemicals for your brain’s reward system. Have you tried exercise, or any other activity known to boost feel-good chemicals? Discuss any and all alternatives with your healthcare provider. If there is any way to avoid Xanax and its addictive nature, you should look into it.
Psychological – If you feel you or a loved one may have undiagnosed mental disorders, and may be experiencing unfamiliar symptoms that aren’t understood, the last thing you should do is self-prescribe or medicate. Never take a prescription drug given to you by someone else other than a licensed and trained professional, such as a doctor.
In fact, consult a doctor in lieu of your symptoms. A professional in this field may know of an alternative treatment which might not involve addictive drugs such as Xanax. Remember, you do not want Xanax to be your sole source that rectifies a chemical imbalance in the brain. Doing this can immediately lead to addiction.
Environmental – One’s environment, whether at home or work, can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health. Familial or work-related pressures can compound, creating emotional and mental stress, not to mention physical stress. Environments such as this can have long-standing effects on an individual, resulting in the prescription of tranquilizers such as Xanax.
Of course, one option is to completely change your environment. The idea might seem lofty, but if there’s a chance you can move out of a house with a poor environment, or leave a job that is emotionally abusive, do so.
While in some cases environments that challenge a person’s mental-emotional state may be acceptable and a means of coping, it would probably be best for your wellbeing to avoid scenarios that cause distress.
We take pride in keeping your Patient Health Information (PHI) safe and secure.
Between the stress of withdrawal symptoms and confronting deep seeded issues in counseling, you don’t need the added anxiety of worrying about the security of your confidential information. That’s why we make sure that during your visits, PHI, and all other relevant health care information remains private.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED
Payments are handled through a monthly billing cycle. For some long-term patients the billing cycle will be bi-weekly.
We take the same care to keep your financial information private as we do to keep your Patient Health Information private. For this reason, we don’t keep your credit card nor insurance records on file.
GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT
No matter where you live, we have a treatment facility for your needs.
That doesn’t always mean close to home. Sometimes going away to get treatment can be more effective because it leaves you free of distractions. In completely new surroundings you can focus on yourself without any distractions.
In many cases, removing yourself from everything that’s familiar can set you up for success in your new sober life.
Without a group of people to function as a support structure, the Xanax rehabilitation process will be much more difficult.
Fortunately, our rehab programs help you create this support network. In fact, many recovery centers encourage former patients to stay in touch with each other in addition to joining a network in which ideas and experiences can be shared. This support group can also come in handy when staying sober becomes difficult.
The knowledge that you are not alone in living a sober life away from Xanax will go a long way to keep you on the path of sobriety.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to Xanax, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days.