Xanax Addiction Treatment
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What is Xanax?
Xanax is a common prescription benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. Xanax causes sedation, which can be helpful for those suffering from debilitating anxiety. The danger of Xanax is that many people take the medication when they do not have an anxiety disorder, and some take more of their prescription than is truly necessary. Xanax is a controlled substance, and when not taken as prescribed by a doctor, the effects can be lethal.
Abuse of Xanax can cause paranoid or suicidal idealization. It can also lead to impairment of memory, judgment, and coordination. Combining Xanax with other substances, particularly alcohol can slow breathing and possibly lead to death. Xanax has become the most highly prescribed benzodiazepine in the US, with about 50 million prescriptions written each year. Due to this trend, many Americans suffer from Xanax addiction. Fortunately, research has shown that Xanax addiction treatment can effectively help these individuals recover.
Xanax Addiction Treatment Programs
Xanax Medical Detox
This is the highest level of care an individual struggling with Xanax Addiction would need. Due to the severe post-acute withdraws associated with benzodiazepine use, for safety reasons this level of care is medically necessary.
Long Term Addiction Treatment
Many individuals need more time to process and heal from their substance use disorder than 28 days. We offer long term addiction treatment options for those who meet criteria and benefit from a full continuum of care in addiction treatment.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many people who suffer from Xanax addiction suffer from anxiety disorders. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we offer dual-diagnosis treatment. In this program, a variety of services are provided to address co-occurring disorders dealing with mental health including medication management and psychiatric services, to treat patients for addiction and any other conditions they may have.
How Xanax Addiction Can Develop
Individuals who have taken Xanax for an extensive amount of time may increase their tolerance for the drug. When Xanax tolerance grows, the body needs a larger dose or an increased frequency of use to achieve the same or similar effect. The incremental increase in doses can ultimately cause chemical dependency on the substance. This process of tolerance development is similar to other prescribed medications such as OxyContin, Percocet, Ativan, Ambien, Dilaudid and illicit substances such as Heroin or Cocaine. Individuals who tend to take more than their prescribed dose, take the medication without a prescription, use it recreation-ally, or who chase the sedating, relaxing effects of the drug are at risk of developing a Xanax addiction.
Xanax Detox and Withdrawal
When someone stops taking Xanax, the withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and even life-threatening without the help of a medical professional. The withdrawal symptoms of Xanax are opposite of the desired effect of the drugs. They include insomnia, blurred vision, headache, muscle aches, sweating, stomach issues, anxiety, and depression. Xanax withdrawal can also cause seizures, which can result in brain damage or death. Due to the adverse health risks associated with Xanax withdrawal, it is quintessential that anyone attempting to quit Xanax seeks the guidance of a medical professional or detox center. Medications such as Valium or even Suboxone may be used to help individuals with the post-acute withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax while in inpatient detox centers.
Identifying Xanax and Xanax Use
A person who abuses Xanax or who struggles with Xanax addiction tends to have common traits that are easy to identify to those around them. Many individuals addicted to Xanax will likely appear extremely tired. They may lack their usual enthusiasm and motivation to engage with friends and family. Individuals who abuse Xanax may find that they also lose interest in normal daily activities. These individuals may appear sluggish and sleep for long periods, have slurred speech, suffer from dry mouth, isolate from family and friends, and have work or school issues.
Although doctors often prescribe Xanax, it is also sold illegally on the street. It’s important to be knowledgeable of some of the slang terms for Xanax to avoid illegal drug use and to be able to recognize when someone may have a problem.
Some common street names for Xanax include xannies (pronounced zannies), bars, z-bars, and benzos.
Xanax can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and strengths. Xanax pills may be long and thin and may be scored into four similar sections. The pills may be green, white in a rectangle shape, round and blue, oval and blue, yellow and four-sided, orange ovals, peach, and round, or football shaped. These pills have different strengths. Understanding the different colors and shapes of a Xanax may be useful in identifying suspected Xanax addiction in someone you know.
Xanax Treatment and Rehab
If you suspect someone you know is actively using Xanax or may have a Xanax addiction, Lighthouse Recovery Institute has a variety of drug treatment programs available to help. We offer Partial Hospitalization treatment for individuals that need a more structured recovery program and intensive services. Patients have the luxury of meeting with therapists weekly and engage in daily intensive group therapy. It is imperative that addicts learn to cope and process negative emotions while in substance abuse treatment which is why we offer relapse prevention strategies. Many addicts tend to leave their home state and seek drug rehab out of the area. The benefit of this move is to avoid triggers of people and places. This transition of location affords many individuals the ability to focus on themselves, and their addiction without the distracts that are common in their back yard.
Since many patients travel to our quality addiction treatment center, we provide family counseling therapy and education as part of our full range of clinical services, to each patient in every program!
Each patient is treated with an individual, comprehensive course of care based on their needs and goals.
Our Xanax Addiction Treatment Center
Offering a variety of programs and multiple levels of care allows the opportunity for any individual that admits into our addiction treatment center to receive the clinical care and support that they need. Patients undergoing treatment receive regular individual sessions and engage intensive group therapy 5 days per week. Not everyone processes addiction the same way and having an individualized program that is created around the individual’s goals, and strengths allow for the addict to be heard during the treatment episode and to work on their specific underlying matters.
Patients learn new and innovative coping skills, creative and evidenced-based relapse prevention strategies, and life skills. Based on each patient’s individual needs, we offer nutrition counseling, grief and loss support, trauma resolution therapy, brain mapping, recovery support groups, and many more modalities of therapy to treat the mind and body effectively.
We support a medical model of treatment where evidenced-based standards back all modalities.
Does Insurance Cover Xanax Addiction Treatment?
Most Insurance plans will often cover some or all the cost of Xanax rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have their criteria and medical necessity guidelines to determine coverage. If you’re battling with Xanax addiction or know someone that is, we understand that finding the right drug rehab can be a challenging process. We are here to help you and your family navigate through the barriers and enter addiction treatment as soon as possible. To learn more about Xanax addiction treatment or to inquire about the benefits of your commercial insurance policy, please call our educated and qualified team today.