Xanax (alprazolam) is a fast-acting sedative benzodiazepine prescription drug. Meaning that it is capable of bringing about significant changes in someone’s brain in just a short period. Results can vary from individual to individual, but Xanax is still considered one of the most addictive benzodiazepine medications that is on the market today.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, daily use of benzodiazepines for six weeks or more is likely to result in a mild to severe dependency for four in every ten users. It is essential to know that a long-term addiction to Xanax can occur even when prescribed by a doctor and used correctly. When being prescribed Xanax, the risk of addiction can be reduced by:
Although belonging to the benzodiazepine drug class, and it is a Schedule IV controlled substance. So technically, it is considered to have a low potential for abuse. After knowing this, there are case studies and other evidence that speaks for itself.
There are thousands of people who seek treatment every year because of a developed dependency that they had gotten from being on this drug. In 2012 alone, 17,019 people were admitted to different drug rehab centers and treatment facilities across the United States, citing benzodiazepines like Xanax as their primary drug that is at the root of their substance abuse according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Xanax addiction, Miramar Recovery in Orange County can assist with the steps necessary to begin that tough path of recovery ahead. Xanax treatment options vary depending on the rehab center, so it is vital to research to find the appropriate rehab facility that offers favorable treatment plans to each situation.
The sensation that is typically described as the leading cause of addiction tendencies is attributed to the surge of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. While these sudden surges are not permanent, the continuous use of such addictive drugs often alters the brain’s reward system in a long-lasting fashion. There have been studies that indicate that as an individual progresses towards addiction to Xanax or other benzodiazepines, specific changes in neuronal cell receptor types could result in an even more significant dopamine surge when the drug is taken repeatedly.
With all these factors, the potential to experience that pleasant sensation is amplified, which ultimately further solidifies compulsive drug use and behavior. A Xanax addiction can be rooted psychologically as well as physically:
At Miramar Recovery, an assessment from one of our well-educated medical professionals at our treatment center is how the recovery process begins. When someone is suffering from a Xanax addiction checks-in to one of our drug rehabilitation facilities, it is of the utmost importance that the patient undergoes a very carefully detoxification process that is supervised by our credentialed medical staff.
When an individual suddenly quits taking Xanax, they will soon begin to feel the many effects of withdrawal. Depending on the severity of the addiction, those withdrawal symptoms can appear as early as within 11 to 24 hours after the last dose is taken. With that being said, though, Xanax has been seen to leave the body faster than other, longer-acting benzodiazepines and can trigger acute withdrawal within a day of the final dose. The list of potential side effects of the detox process is quite substantial, but most will manifest during the acute withdrawal period, which typically lasts from one to seven days. A few of the more commonly seen symptoms include:
Group therapy and becoming a member of one or more support groups is one of the essential steps of addiction treatment programs at many facilities, including Miramar Recovery. In group therapy, a setting where a certified counselor asks a question that leads a meaningful and very encouraging conversation with a group of patients can be expected. These sessions are geared towards openness, and the goal is to get everyone to share with the group some of the experiences they have had because of their addiction.
Group therapy usually continues beyond the treatment period while checked in at a rehab center because those who are in recovery are typically able to find solidarity and meaning in group meetings and from continued support. Especially during the post-rehab period, having that needed support system through the group and family therapy sessions can play a vital role in relapse prevention. Many centers use one or more of the many different recreational therapies that you may be familiar with, in addition to traditional group therapy. Some of these types of treatment include:
We know it may be strange to say, but if you are looking for effective treatments to help with a drug or alcohol addiction or any other substance abuse problems, congratulations!
At Miramar Recovery, our client’s health and happiness are among our top priorities. We incorporate a combination of treatment modalities that are designed to provide accountability, structure, and compassion. We’re here to guide you through early sobriety and help you avoid some of the pitfalls along the way.
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