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What is Xanax Addiction?
As one of the most available prescription drugs, Xanax addiction is a common problem in the United States. But there also seems to be some confusion surrounding the topic. Many people ask, “Is Xanax an opioid?” The answer to this question is no. “What type of drug is Xanax?” is another common question. If you asked, instead, “Is Xanax a benzodiazepine?” The answer would be yes.
Understanding Xanax Addiction
Xanax is a strong and addictive benzodiazepine that’s used to treat anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders, and social anxiety disorder can all be aided by the proper use of certain benzodiazepines.
The problem with Xanax is that it is rarely used properly. And even when it is, the potential for addiction is high. Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you understand, address, and overcome your Xanax addiction and release its grip on your life.
Side Effects of Xanax Addiction
Taking too much Xanax can make you feel irritable, aggressive, or hyperactive. Doses are generally supposed to be low and prescriptions short-term. But because they reduce anxiety and stress, many people will try to continue their prescriptions or obtain Xanax illicitly.
Its effects are appealing to many and highly addictive. The side effects that occur in your Xanax addiction may vary depending on several individual factors. But some are more common than others. Common Xanax side effects are:
- Concentration problems
- Weight changes
- Joint pains
These are only some of the more common side effects related to Xanax addiction. Others are possible. The details of your addiction can alter many aspects of your side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and recovery. What may be more troubling than the side effects listed above is the link between Xanax addiction and suicide.
Nearly a third of voluntary overdoses or attempts of suicide involve benzodiazepines. This number tells us that benzodiazepines have substantial effects on our mental health. Before it becomes a bigger problem, treating your Xanax addiction can help you change course.
Mental Illness and Xanax Addiction
Anxiety disorders are very common in the U.S., and many affected individuals don’t know where else to turn. The link between mental health and addiction is a strong and troubling one. Nearly half of individuals who experience a mental illness also experience a substance use disorder. This combination is called a dual diagnosis.
It’s also called a co-morbid or co-occurring disorder. These disorders can occur in either order. Your pre-existing mental health condition can lead you to self-medicate in an attempt to cope or cover up symptoms. Alternatively, your drug abuse can lead to a crippling mental health condition. In either order, these two conditions should be treated together. Otherwise, one may remain and worsen the other.
Comprehensive Treatment Methods
Recovering from Xanax addiction requires comprehensive, well-rounded, and patient-focused care. That is what we offer at Resurgence Behavioral Health. From the day you arrive for your first session or treatment to your return for alumni and support groups, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Our treatment programs are built based on your needs, using a combination of therapeutic techniques, holistic remedies, and support methods. Depending on your addiction, needs, and treatment length (among other factors), you may experience:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Support groups
- Stress and addiction management training sessions
- Healthy habit building
- Exercise classes (yoga, meditation, etc.)
- Three healthy meals per day
- Recreational activities
- Supervised outings
We know that every person we meet is unique. Every addiction is unique, too. We don’t use our treatment programs to force our patients to conform to certain standards. We build our treatment programs specifically for you.
We will get to know the best ways to help you recover from your addiction so you can find long-term sobriety. We will give you the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to build a healthy, sober life and continue on that path even after you leave us. We are here for you as long as you need us.
Addiction Treatment Program Options
There are several excellent Xanax addiction treatment program options available in our state-of-the-art facilities. Depending on the setting and time requirements, they will use some combination of the treatment methods listed above. They may include additional methods, too. Your addiction treatment program options may consist of:
- Medically-assisted detoxes (often occur at the start of an inpatient or residential stay)
- Inpatient or residential care (may last 30 days, 60, 90, or more)
- Traditional outpatient care (average of four hours in the facility each week)
- Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) (between nine and 20 hours in the facility each week)
- Evening intensive outpatient programs
- Alumni groups
- Continued support groups
If this list seems difficult to navigate, you do not have to worry about choosing one right away. We will evaluate your addiction and needs to help you choose the right one. As you go, we will evaluate your progress to see if there is another program that better suits your evolving needs. Call today to get started.
Our addiction health experts will walk you through the process. They will begin conducting an intake to create the right customized program for you. This will help us confirm that we are giving you the care that you need.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the reasons that so many people have trouble overcoming their Xanax addiction at home is the withdrawal symptoms they experience. These withdrawal symptoms are often overwhelming and lead to relapse. Common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle pains
- Heightened anxiety or paranoia
- Numbness in your fingers
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Decreased hunger and weight loss
- Heart palpitations
- Increased sweating
- Seizures (in advanced cases)
Your withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on the details of individual factors. The frequency at which you take Xanax, the dose you take each time, and the length of time you have been addicted are a few of the larger factors.
Whichever withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing, we can help. Do not let withdrawal symptoms keep you from getting sober. Let our detox program help you through the hardest parts of your recovery. Enforcing early recovery is crucial to your success.
Paying for Xanax Addiction Treatments
If you’re concerned about the costs of your addiction treatments, there is good news. Addiction treatment programs are often covered by health insurance. Most health insurance providers offer partial or full coverage for addiction health programs. If you are not sure if you have coverage, we can perform quick and free insurance verification.
If you do not have health insurance or your coverage is partial, we’ll provide information for alternative payment methods. Cash, credit, and payment plans may be possible. Costs should not prevent you from getting the care you need and deserve. Let us work with you to build the perfect program.
Resurgence Behavioral Health Center
When you are ready to leave Xanax addiction in the past, we’re ready to help. All that is left to do is get started. Let us help you overcome your addiction, improve your mental and physical health, and start fresh.
Our wide range of therapeutic methods and holistic remedies offers well-rounded, proven, and effective care. You will identify and overcome root causes, underlying mental health conditions, and other complications. You will find success in sobriety at Resurgence.