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Xanax Overview

Alprazolam (Xanax) belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. After opiates, Alprazolam is one of the most popular drugs of abuse. Because one's body builds up a tolerance to this drug, those who are addicted can reach extraordinary levels of Alprazolam consumption. For example, a CNN report on Michael Jackson's death stated that before he died, he was taking ten Alprazolam a night. Stopping Alprazolam (Xanax) abruptly can produce a range of withdrawal symptoms, depending on factors such as duration of use and the amount of the drug consumed. However, not all withdrawal effects are evidence of true dependence or withdrawal. All people, especially individuals with a history of seizures, should not abruptly discontinue taking Alprazolam (Xanax) due to the possible severity of withdrawal symptoms. All patients on Alprazolam (Xanax) who require a dosage reduction should be gradually tapered off the drug under close supervision.

Xanax Abuse Treatment

It is important to speak to a licensed counselor or addiction specialist about what kind of treatment is right for you or your loved one, and most effective for long-lasting sobriety. It is important to avoid going cold turkey, which means stopping use without the aid of medication, medical supervision, counseling, and any other kind of support; such an action can lead to harsh symptoms and fevers. Xanax Abuse Treatment at our professional rehab facility is equipped with various treatment approaches that cater to the needs of each client, healing the physical, mental, and even spiritual wounds of addiction that are deep rooted and anchored in the user’s life. Different effective counseling methods are used to treat Xanax addiction, in addition to detox protocols and medical support. Here are some counseling therapies that are applied in Xanax Abuse/Addiction Treatment:

  • Detox (if recommended by head physician at the rehab facility), which is aided by the help of medical personnel and physicians on stand-by, who can evaluate the client’s progress; the purpose is to cleanse the body of toxins and make sure the client’s health is in good standing

  • Group therapy: support by peers who are struggling with the same kind of addiction

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: help clients identify and deal with the moods and triggers that lead to drug use

  • Aftercare services that help the client continue with their sobriety, and avoid relapse while in recovery

Xanax Signs of Abuse

  • Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home

  • Recurrent substance use in situations which place the user at risk of harming himself or herself

  • Recurrent substance-related legal problems

  • Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems

Effects of Xanax Abuse

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Changes in appetite

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness and/or anxiety
  • Irritability and mood instability
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations

Xanax Abuse Statistics

Alprazolam addiction is a widespread problem and affects the lives of numerous adults. Because the addiction develops over time, it may take some time before you even realize that you have a problem. According to the 2011 Treatment Episode Data Set Report, 60,200 people obtaining drug abuse treatment were addicted to benzodiazepines. This showed a drastic increase from the 22,400 people who sought treatment for benzo addictions in 1998.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Individualized detox protocols are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. As part of our holistic approach, our detox incorporates traditional detox with biofeedback sessions.

Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

Our treatment model is rooted in the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever we can to prepare our clients for life outside of treatment.

In addition to our traditional therapeutic treatments we offer holistic and alternative therapies such as: yoga, chiropractic care, medical massage, personal training and art therapy.