Xanax falls under the category of benzodiazepine, which indicates that it slows down or depresses the body’s functions. Often prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders, Xanax is highly addictive.
Benzodiazepines, like Xanax, account for approximately one-third of intentional overdoses or suicide attempts. All most as commonly misused as opioids, Xanax is most often misused early on to increase the effects of the drug.
At Indah Recovery, we work to treat both substance abuse disorders and comorbid mental health disorders like anxiety and panic disorders. Through dedicated therapeutic treatment to modify behavior and teach healthy coping-skills, our clients have the opportunity to recovery from addiction in a safe and luxurious environment. Contact us today to see how we can support you.
What Is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name of a benzodiazepine called Alprazolam. This drug is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Not only does it sedate the central nervous system, but it is also a powerful psychotropic drug. As a benzo and psychotropic drug, Xanax (alprazolam) works to slow the body down and physically change the nervous system’s function which can permanently alter mood, personality, cognition, and behavior. While this is generally seen as a good thing and has a positive outcome, some individuals have has extremely negative experiences with Xanax.
Alprazolam (Xanax) is extremely addictive and according to the National Library of Medicine, can cause the following side-effects:
- Unusual movements
- Ringing in your ears
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Seizures; shaking; muscle twitching
- Changes in mental health
- Burning or prickling feeling in hands, arms, legs or feet
- Seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear
- Thoughts of harming or killing yourself or others
- Losing touch with reality
What Are the Signs of Xanax Addiction?
Signs of Xanax use and addiction mimic those of generalized benzodiazepines.
Benzos cause the body to be flooded with endorphins which creates a relaxed and happy feeling. It also causes the body to slow down which can create a heavy feeling in the extremities, slow breathing, and cause extreme sleepiness.
Addiction to Xanax occurs when a tolerance has been developed for the drug and more is needed to create the same effect and when an individual experiences withdrawal symptoms when the drug is unavailable.
A person can overdose on Xanax. Individuals experiencing an overdose of alprazolam may experience a seizure, slowed breathing, may be unable to be awakened, experience extreme drowsiness and confusion, have difficulty with large motor skills and coordination, and lose consciousness.
Is There Rehab for Xanax Addiction?
Yes, there is. Rehabs like ours work to treat substance disorders like Xanax.
Withdrawal from Alprazolam (Xanax) must occur under the supervision of a medical professional. Stopping suddenly without weaning yourself off the drug can cause extreme symptoms related to your anxiety or panic disorder. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms from Xanax may last several weeks, to well over a year.
Rehab for Xanax addiction is important because, through individualized programs, persons struggling with Xanax addiction can work on developing healthy self-management and coping skills to address their drug use.
Indah Recovery Is Your Rehab for Xanax Addiction
At Indah Recovery we treat substance use disorders and other comorbid mental health concerns at our state-of-the-art detox treatment center. Throughout a client’s stay with us, we ensure their safety and comfort while they undergo withdrawal and therapeutic treatment. Using the most modern and effective therapies, our clients can recover and work to maintain sobriety through the development of healthy and positive self-management skills.
Through Indah Recovery, individualized treatment programs work to provide custom care to each of our residents.