When it comes to prescription drug abuse, identifying addiction can be more complicated than with illicit drugs. However, prescription drugs can be just as addictive. One of the most abused prescriptions is Xanax, a pill used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Regardless of how dependency forms, getting sober often requires Xanax addiction treatment. Through a residential or partial hospitalization program, individuals can recover from their dependency to the medication.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a benzodiazepine, a class of psychoactive drugs that affect the inhibitory transmitter GABA in the brain which results in hypnotic, sedative, anti-anxiety, and muscle-relaxing effects. Xanax begins to work almost immediately and typically last as long as 6 hours.

Signs of Addiction to Xanax

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Addiction to Xanax, as with other substances, occurs in varying degrees. As a nervous system depressant, the effects of Xanax are similar to the effects of alcohol. A person under the influence of a higher dose may slur their speech and show signs of confusion, disorientation, and impaired coordination.

Xanax is a top prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. Tolerance to Xanax takes effect immediately leading addicted persons to consume as many as 20 to 30 pills a day.

When it comes to polysubstance abuse, the dangers of Xanax increase. Even alone, a Xanax overdose can cause serious injury, coma, or death.

Signs of Xanax addiction include:

  • Having the urge to consume more than the recommended prescription
  • Having to increase the dosage to achieve desired effects
  • Trying to find alternative ways to get Xanax because it’s not yet time to fill a prescription or you don’t have a prescription
  • Experiencing unpleasant withdrawal effects if Xanax intake is discontinued, such as dizziness, insomnia, mood swings, and blurred vision

Xanax Addiction Treatment Program

For people who suffer from a severe Xanax addiction, detoxing from the drug is best done under medical supervision such as a medical detox or residential treatment center.

When dependent, sudden cessation of Xanax causes withdrawal. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

Finding a Xanax Addiction Treatment Program

Quitting a substance goes beyond just abstaining from a drug, it takes a holistic approach that works to treat the roots of the problem, which is often intertwined with other mental illnesses. In order to ensure the best chance at long-lasting recovery, finding a treatment center that offers a broad spectrum of therapeutic services is recommended.

First Step Center of Arizona

In addition to offering a Xanax addiction treatment program, First Step Center of Arizona provides individualized care for each client at its inpatient residential treatment center. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized program tailored to meet specified needs.

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Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Come visit First Step Center’s serene luxury rehab in the stunning Sonoran Desert. First Step Center understands the value of high-quality care and is committed to the overall well-being of its clients. To find out more about Xanax addiction treatment, contact First Step Center now at 866.832.6398.