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Xanax Addiction Treatment

For those struggling with a xanax addiction, caught in the endless cycle of using and relapsing, GateHouse treatment centers offers a way out. You can stop using xanax, and find a new way of life. Recovery from xanax addiction is possible, and GateHouse is ready to stand by your side.

For adults who are ready to overcome their cocaine addiction, we offer a personal approach to xanax addiction treatment that is based on proved addiction treatment methodologies and your unique experiences.

We offer real recovery for real people by promoting personal responsibility, accountability, and giving you the tools needed to build a strong recovery. We are personally invested in each and everyone of our clients’ recovery processes, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy. End the insanity of doing the same thing over and over, reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help you live a life worth living.

What is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax is classified in the sedative and Anxiolytic class of drugs called Benzodiazepine, with the generic name ‘Alprazolam.’ Xanax pills are normally prescribed by a psychiatrist to treat unbalanced chemicals in the brain to help ease or avoid anxiety symptoms or panic attacks. Abuse does sometimes occur with Xanax and as a result, Xanax detox centers have emerged.
While it can have medical benefits, it is more commonly used today as a drug to get high from Xanax. It’s effects and chemical properties make it easily addictive, making the potential for abuse with Xanax pills very high.

Quick Facts About Xanax Pills

  • There are 50 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines written every year
  • Prescription rates for Xanax pills are up 9% every year
  • 7 out of 10 people who are addicted to Xanax pills, first find the pills in their homes
  • 33% of long-term Xanax pills users report an increase in their depression symptoms
  • 125,000 annual ER visits due to Xanax abuse
  • 61,000 people seek help for Xanax abuse yearly
  • Xanax stays in the body for 12-15 hours
  • Addictions can involve 20-30 pills taken daily by someone addicted to Xanax

History

While benzodiazepines, such as Librium have been around since 1956,  alprazolam (Xanax pills) were introduced to the US market in 1981. It was different from previous benzodiazepines created by Dr. Leo Sternbach, in that it had an immediate onset of action, and a shorter half-life allowing for the body to eliminate the chemical quicker than other existing benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines were originally developed as a replacement sedative drug for barbiturates and alcohol

The U.S. FDA approved alprazolam on October 16th, 1981, and it became a Schedule IV drug of the Controlled Substance Act in November 1981.

By the 1990’s, Xanax pills were one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety disorder and panic attacks.

Common Street Names for Xanax Pills

  • Benzos
  • Xannies
  • Handlebars
  • School busses
  • Bars
  • Blue footballs
  • Zannies

Physiology and Side Effects of Xanax Pills

Xanax is processed by the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain. Xanax pills work by binding y-aminobutyric acid A (GABA) receptors in the brain and boosting these brain chemicals, which results in slowing down nerve cell activity in the brain.

In smaller doses, Xanax pills can work to reduce emotions of anxiety and panic attacks but in larger doses can produce a euphoric effect, with serious addictive properties.

Taking Xanax can have many side effects and the user can build a tolerance to the effect the longer the medication is used. This leads to the user needing higher and more frequent doses. Side effects can include:

  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Muscle Movements
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight Gain

Understanding Xanax Pills Addiction

When orally taken, Xanax pills give the user a relaxing euphoria, making the user feel comfortable and calm. Over time, when repeatedly used, the drug prevents the brain from naturally being able to provide the chemicals the brain recognizes as pleasure and ultimately causing the user to only feel pleasure if they use Xanax pills.

This is the bottom line of the phenomenon of addiction to Xanax pills. A user is considered to be “abusing” Xanax pills if they take more than prescribed or use Xanax pills without a prescription. If the addiction becomes severe, Xanax detox may be necessary for recovery.

Signs & Symptoms

While people can exhibit different signs & symptoms when abusing Xanax pills, some common symptoms include:

Mood

Anxiety

Mood Swings

Agitation

Mania

Restlessness

Depression

Rage

Behavioral

Stealing

Confusion

Memory problems

Disorientation

Forging prescriptions

Changes in appetite

Violence

Decreased inhibitions

Slurred speech

Risky behaviors

Physical

Dry mouth

Coordination problems

Constipation/diarrhea

Fluctuations in weight

Sweating

Stuffy nose

Drowsiness

Swelling in hands and feet

Tremors

Seizures

Hallucinations

Xanax Treatment

While a Xanax addiction can be hard to admit for many since it is a legally prescribed drug by a medical professional, there is Xanax detox treatment and help available to those suffering. The first step to any treatment for Xanax abuse or misuse is always a medical detox or stabilization process since most drugs and alcohol have serious medical implications associated with the withdrawal.

 Comprehensive Treatment

Xanax addiction involves the mental disease of addiction and therefore requires comprehensive therapy to help the client battle the mental cravings to take more of the drug. According to several studies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven to be effective in helping client stay clean from Xanax pills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality used by several licensed clinicians to help with the therapy process in clients suffering from addiction. The main idea in CBT is that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected in a way that all influence one another. In turn, by modifying one such as feelings, you can then change your behaviors and thoughts that could be affecting you adversely.

In addition to CBT, it is important to identify the underlying causes why the client began taking Xanax pills in the first place. Many have true anxiety issues, for which they began using Xanax pills as medication before a dependency developed. At GateHouse Treatment, we have psychiatrists on our comprehensive medical team that meet with each client regularly to find what non-narcotic medication would work best for each client.

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