Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehab in Orlando

Person with an addiction mixes cocaine and xanax

Xanax is a benzodiazepine and the generic name for the drug is alprazolam. Xanax is primarily prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders,  it has a calming effect on the brain and the activity of the central nervous system.

Xanax Treatment

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the United States and has a high risk of abuse and addiction. When someone uses Xanax it affects the brain, primarily the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. Xanax can increase the effectiveness of GABA, which is a calming neurotransmitter. The drug is intended to be a short-term treatment, it should only be used a maximum of two to four weeks in most cases because it can lead to addiction and dependence.

The risk of becoming is higher not only for people who use it for long periods, but who misuse it in any way. For example, Xanax misuse could include crushing the tablets and snorting them or dissolving them and injecting them.

Using Xanax without a prescription is considered abuse. Another risk factor for becoming addicted to Xanax is having a history of a substance use disorder. If someone develops a Xanax addiction, they will often benefit from professional addiction treatment.

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Inpatient and Outpatient Xanax Addiction Treatment

Addiction is defined as a chronic disorder, and it’s characterized as an uncontrollable use of a substance even when there are negative side effects. Similar to other chronic diseases, addiction needs appropriate treatment, and it often requires long-term treatment and management to prevent setbacks. A Xanax rehab program should help someone not only quit using drugs but also learn how to manage their addiction for life-long recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse outlines some principles of effective treatment, whether in terms of rehab for Xanax addiction or another substance use disorder. These principles include:

  • There’s not one treatment option that’s right for everyone. To be effective, Xanax addiction treatment needs to be very individualized and based on a person’s unique needs.
  • Addiction is complex and it affects the brain as well as behavior and physical health, so an addiction treatment program needs to address this complexity fully.
  • It’s essential for positive long-term outcomes that a person stay in treatment for long enough.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment should be available for someone who has an underlying mental health disorder that occurs with a substance use disorder. One can’t be adequately treated without treating the other.
  • Effective treatment should address all the needs of the patient and not just their misuse of Xanax or other substances.

Inpatient Xanax addiction treatment requires patients to check into a treatment facility. During this time, they stay overnight and are fully immersed in treatment. Inpatient Xanax rehab may include different types of behavioral therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as various group therapy sessions. Inpatient rehab can last for varying lengths of time and the approaches can vary between programs. Participation in a residential treatment program requires patients to leave their home and job for a period of time, but an inpatient rehab is a treatment option.

Another Xanax treatment option is outpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab doesn’t require a person to leave their home or daily responsibilities. A person can participate in outpatient Xanax rehab at a treatment facility but then go home after their therapy program is complete for the day, especially if their use of the drug is fairly mild. For many people, addiction treatment occurs as a continuum of care, meaning someone might begin with a high level of care in inpatient treatment and when they complete that program, move into a lower level of care such as outpatient rehab.

Xanax Addiction Treatment Centers

There are a number of Xanax treatment centers to choose from across the country, a large component of remaining in treatment long enough to begin recovery is finding the right fit.

When someone feels comfortable at a Xanax treatment center, they’re likely to continue with that program for an adequate amount of time to improve long-term outcomes. Various criteria can be used to compare Xanax treatment centers. Some things to think about include:

  • Is it local? Sometimes people feel like they want to stay close to home for addiction treatment, but this isn’t always the right option. It can be beneficial to leave, at least for a portion of Xanax addiction treatment. Leaving the city or even state can help provide a renewed perspective and it gives the opportunity to focus on recovery without outside stresses or setback triggers.
  • Does the treatment center accept insurance? Also, how much is the program?
  • Is it licensed and accredited?
  • Is there a specific approach used in the treatment program? For example, is it based on a 12-step approach or is it a religious addiction treatment program?
  • What does the staff of the treatment facility do once someone completes a program? What is the aftercare like?

Xanax Detox Timeline

Another important consideration when selecting a treatment center for Xanax addiction is whether medical detox is offered. All benzodiazepines, including Xanax, can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms if someone is dependent on them and stops using them.

A Xanax withdrawal may require medical monitoring and in some cases, specific treatments. It can be helpful to select a rehab center with a medical detox that is part of the program. Medically detoxing at a facility where a patient is going to continue to be treated can create a sense of continuity in care once someone completes Xanax detox.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a Xanax use disorder, help is available. At Orlando Recovery Center, a team of professionals can design an individualized treatment program to address your specific disorders. Call and speak with a representative about Xanax addiction treatment program, they can answer any specific questions you may have.

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