Xanax Addiction

Xanax Treatment in Minneapolis

Xanax, often known by its brand name Alprazolam, is a psychoactive drug from the benzodiazepine family. It's often prescribed for anxiety disorders, such as GAD, and panic attacks, due to its ability to slow the functioning of certain nerve cells in the brain, thus creating a calming effect.

However, Xanax abuse is a widespread problem—as is abuse of many types of prescription drugs. Because it provides relief from panic and anxiety as quickly as it does, many people who were once using the drug as prescribed soon find themselves relying on it psychologically, or worse yet, experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms. In fact, in 2015, it was reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSA) that out of 39.3 million people who were prescribed tranquilizers (another category of drug which Xanax belongs to), 6.1 million abused those drugs, and 688 thousand met the diagnostic criteria for a tranquilizer misuse disorder.

Worse, those who misuse Xanax are likely to be combining it with other drugs. According to statistics collected by SAMSA in 2011, out of roughly 175 thousand emergency room visits involving benzodiazepine abuse, almost half of those also involved additional substances, such as alcohol or opioids. Moreover, SAMSA also found that combining benzodiazepines with other drugs was associated with a higher risk of hospitalization and death.

Xanax abuse and xanax addiction, therefore, are not problems to be taken lightly. How do you know if your loved one is experiencing Xanax addiction?

Signs of Xanax Addiction

  • Depersonalization. This is a psychiatric symptom in which a person feels somewhat disconnected with reality; life feels dreamlike, or as though the person is experiencing it from outside of their own body. Depersonalization is often brought on by severe anxiety or trauma. In the case of Xanax addiction, the anxiety that comes with withdrawal could be to blame.
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms. Slurred speech, convulsions, confusion, nausea, tremors, psychosis, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue are all symptoms of Xanax abuse. However, they can also be indicative of an addiction to many drugs in the benzodiazepine family.
  • Anxiety and depression. Xanax is commonly prescribed for anxiety, be it related to depressive symptoms or not. When coming off of Xanax, neurological imbalances that the drug was masking begin to show, creating a vicious cycle in which the drug is taken to escape from the way the person feels without it. In fact, SAMSA reports that 44.9 of all people who abused tranquilizers in 2015 did so to relieve tension.
  • Problems sleeping. 20.4 percent of tranquilizer abusers in 2015 misused their drugs to help with sleeping issues, according to one SAMSA study. Sleep problems, however, can also be a symptom of many mental health and drug issues. In other words, just because somebody has trouble sleeping does not mean they are experiencing Xanax addiction.
  • Drug use becoming an obsession. If the person is open about their drug use, this may be the symptom that is the most obvious. As with any substance use problem, Xanax addiction has a way of slowly consuming a person’s life. They might fall behind in school, work, or other obligation; they may acknowledge their behavior is harmful, yet be unable to stop; and they may continue using the drug, even though they may experience legal trouble for doing so.

Is there Any Hope for Xanax Rehab?

Absolutely. Xanax treatment at Health Recovery Center consists of our revolutionary six-week outpatient program that focuses on a path to true recovery and permanent sobriety. We believe that relapse is not part of the recovery process and that true healing can only be accomplished through repair of the brain on a biochemical level.

All addiction clinics claim high recovery rates, but very few deliver. Traditional treatment methods fail to rebalance the brain on a chemical level, making true recovery impossible, as the damaged brain will always, on some level, be seeking the drug. Structural repair must occur before true recovery and independence from any given substance can take place.

Health Recovery Center truly can deliver on its promise when it comes to recovery. After the suicide of her son following admittance to a traditional, in-patient alcoholsim program, Dr. Mathews-Larson was driven to find a better way to treat struggling addicts. Her resulting orthomolecular treatment program showed recovery rates as high as seventy five percent. An impartial peer review study of this revolutionary treatment model was published in the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOSOCIAL RESEARCH.

If you’re ready to find the joy in life again with the help of a proven addiction recovery program, contact us today at 800-554-9155. Health Recovery Center would be privileged to help you begin the journey.

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