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Xanax is a commonly prescribed medication that is typically used to treat anxiety. When used properly, Xanax can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and help a patient live a fulfilling and productive life. When abused, however, the drug can negatively impact a person’s mental, physical and emotional health.
Xanax is considered a highly potent and addictive substance. Fortunately, Xanax addiction is a treatable condition. With professional treatment resources and ongoing support, a person can recover from their addiction and avoid Xanax use in the future.
Xanax Abuse and Addiction
Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine drug class. Drugs within this class are often prescribed to help treat anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures. Other commonly known benzodiazepines on the market include Ativan, Klonopin and Valium. When someone uses Xanax, it primarily affects gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. The drug can increase the effectiveness of GABA, which is a calming neurotransmitter.
Xanax is meant to be a short-term solution to treat anxiety, as extended use creates a higher risk for addiction. It is not recommended that Xanax be used for longer than eight months.
Some people may abuse Xanax to enhance a high created by other substances, such as opioids. Those who abuse heroin or cocaine also tend to abuse Xanax.
When abused, Xanax negatively affects both the mind and body. Xanax abuse can cause:
- Disturbing dreams
- Flat affect
Someone who is abusing Xanax may exhibit behaviors like:
- Slurred speech
- Poor motor skills
- Doctor shopping
- Asking friends or family for their Xanax
- Intense cravings for Xanax
- Missing work or social obligations due to Xanax abuse
- Mood fluctuation
Xanax Abuse Statistics
Xanax is a widely used and highly accessible prescription drug that has a vast impact:
- Around 92 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines were written in 2019. Xanax accounted for 38% of these.
- In 2016, nearly half a million Americans struggled with benzodiazepine addiction.
- In 2018, around 5.4 million Americans aged 12 or older misused benzodiazepines within the previous year.
- In 2017, 11,537 people died from benzodiazepine-related overdoses.
- Overdose deaths related to Xanax increased 830% between 1999 and 2017.
Inpatient Rehab for Xanax Addiction
Inpatient rehabilitation consists of several program options for those seeking treatment for Xanax addiction. These include:
- Medical detox
- Clinical support
- Individual and group therapy and counseling
- Family therapy
- Peer support groups
- Psychiatric care
- Medication management
Medical detox is the process of ridding the body of substances like Xanax. In a medical Xanax detox program, the process occurs under the care of a professional medical team. Detox alone will not treat Xanax addiction, but it is a step in the recovery journey. After detox, clients in inpatient care will begin a full schedule of treatment involving group and individual therapy, counseling, health appointments, peer support meetings and more. Some clients will require an additional layer of treatment from a psychiatrist due to co-occurring disorders like anxiety or depression.
Individual therapy and counseling are crucial parts of both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. These sessions are done with a licensed mental health professional and can occur multiple times a week if necessary. Support groups help clients find a community of people who are going through the same things they are, and meetings can take place at many different locations and times. Family therapy can be beneficial for clients living with loved ones who are affected by their addiction. It also helps family members better understand addiction and learn how to help support their loved one in recovery.
Support from the clinical staff is vital when working toward Xanax addiction recovery. In a rehabilitation environment, there are doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and nutritionists.
Outpatient Rehab for Xanax Addiction
Outpatient rehabilitation is a less structured option that provides more flexibility and independence in treatment. People with mild addictions may be able to go directly into outpatient care, while others begin outpatient treatment directly following an inpatient stay. Outpatient rehabilitation options are similar to those of inpatient care but are less intensive. Outpatient rehabilitation allows for greater autonomy for patients so they can become more self-sufficient and practice the skills they have learned in a higher level of care.
Xanax Addiction Treatment in Orlando
Orlando Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located just outside of downtown Orlando. We are accredited by The Joint Commission and hold membership with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Our team is made up of highly skilled, licensed medical and behavioral health professionals.
Our inpatient facility has a 93-bed capacity and offers a full continuum of care Xanax addiction. Depending on the level of care provided, amenities may include access to the:
- Fully equipped exercise gym
- Swimming pool
- Basketball courts
- Sand volleyball court
- Yoga, art and life-skills therapy options
- Lakefront views
The Recovery Village is our sister facility in Umatilla, Florida that provides exceptional care for all levels of addiction treatment. We also have locations throughout the United States if you’d prefer to travel. If you or someone you love is struggling with Xanax addiction, Orlando Recovery Center is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about Xanax addiction treatment programs that can work well for your needs.
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