Xanax is a sedative used to treat anxiety and panic symptoms. In 2015 more than 39,000,000 million prescriptions were written for it. That same year, Xanax abuse resulted in approximately 125,000 trips to hospital emergency rooms. Considering these statistics, the need for Xanax addiction treatment is greater than ever.

Xanax is the trade name for alprazolam. It is prescribed to people who suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks and sleeping problems. Xanax belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines like Xanax work by slowing the action of the central nervous symptom. This is done by slowing the firing off of brain cells by increasing the activity of gamma-amino butyric acid, a (GABA) neurotransmitter. As a result, users feel less stress and anxiety.

About Xanax Abuse and Addiction

Benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV drugs under the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Nevertheless, Xanax dependence treatment has been growing in recent years.

Xanax abuse produces a wide variety of side effects including:

  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue
  • Impaired thinking and memory
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Altered vision
  • Slurred speech, stuttering
  • Vertigo
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory depression
  • Nausea, constipation, dry mouth, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea

Pamela S. Hyde, is the former Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In a 2014 interview she observed that “When used as directed, alprazolam is safe and effective, but misuse can result in serious health consequences.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), alprazolam is one of the most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. It can be easily obtained via the internet. Those struggling with a Xanax addiction may also obtain forged prescriptions or engage in “doctor shopping.” Patients who are doctor shopping will visit multiple doctors seeking prescriptions for the same medication. Many states have established monitoring programs to combat the practice. These programs maintain databases that doctors can access to find out what medications a patient has recently received. Unfortunately, in spite of these efforts, those who abuse these drugs continue to find ways to circumvent these controls.

There are various signs that a person may be addicted Xanax or other drugs. According to the Mayo Clinic Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Having intense urges for the drug
  • Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of drug use
  • Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug

Those exhibiting these symptoms may be in need of Xanax addiction treatment.

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Xanax Addiction Treatment At Sovereign Health of Texas

Each patient that comes to our Xanax rehab centers are given a full evaluation to identify anything that may be causing or contributing to their addiction. This allows our staff to design the most effective treatment for Xanax addiction for each patient.  Sovereign Health of Texas follows The Sovereign Way, a philosophy that recognizes each patient’s unique needs and circumstances by providing personalized treatment plans tailored to his or her specific needs.

Our staff is composed of caring and experienced professionals dedicated to providing the best possible treatment at our Xanax rehab centers. In addition to the physical dimensions of the problem, our treatment for Xanax addiction focuses on the emotional and psychological roots of the problem.

The evidence-based programs and treatment modalities we use include:

  • Individual and process group therapy
  • Stress and anger management groups
  • Schema treatment
  • Narrative treatment
  • Mindfulness training
  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Life skills education
  • Experiential outings
  • Couples therapy
  • Continuing care program

In the words of Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy “Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency.” At Sovereign Health of Texas we provide treatment for Xanax addiction which allows our patients to reclaim their futures and enjoy lasting recovery. If you have any questions about our rehab for Xanax addiction please call our 24/7 helpline.

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