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Xanax Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Getting treatment for Xanax addictions is important for anyone who has become seriously dependent on the drug. The effects are serious and potentially fatal when left untreated, but there are many facilities and help groups dedicated to helping people recover from Xanax addiction.

Xanax addiction does not only refer to a physical dependence on the drug, but also a psychological one as well. People who abuse this drug over a long period will end up developing tolerance to it and therefore need more and more to get high.

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Xanax Addiction Dangers

The main danger associated with Xanax addiction is that the drug can cause changes in your brain chemicals and therefore trick you into believing that you need it to function properly. 

This kind of dependency on a substance or drug becomes an addiction when you find yourself unable to control your usage as well as experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shakiness
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks

Doctors learn in medical school that abusing drugs such as Xanax or other benzodiazepines can make people become depressed and possibly suicidal. This is because of the regular changes that occur in the brain after taking this drug over time that gradually alter its chemical makeup and functionality.

If someone has been struggling with Xanax addiction for a significant period, especially when they have been increasing their dosage without being prescribed to do so by a doctor, then overdosing becomes a very real possibility in their life.

Effective Treatment For Xanax Addiction & Abuse

There is a lot of discussion on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax and other benzodiazepines. There are many Xanax addiction treatment options available.

Inpatient Treatment

This type of treatment typically requires you to check into a facility and professionals can monitor your withdrawal symptoms and help you start the recovery process. This is a perfect option for those who need help separating themselves from toxic environments and getting the help they need.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is for those who cannot take the time away from school or work obligations but still need treatment. It is also used by those who leave an inpatient program and still want support as they move through their recovery process. 

What to Expect From Rehab?

While getting treated for Xanax addiction, you may get a variety of psychiatric medications to stabilize your mood and keep cravings at bay. Many people in rehab also find treatment through alternative means such as yoga and art therapy. A customized recovery plan offers the best chance at lasting sobriety.

These are the most crucial things to remember:

  • Professional help will be necessary to get over Xanax addiction. You will need a strong support system for this – family, friends, and your motivation to succeed once you have completed detox
  • It will be challenging, but the hard work you put in will be worth it in the end when you are living your life clean and sober
  • Group therapies are beneficial because you are working with people in your same position to learn new coping skills
  • 12 step therapy and self-help groups are tools to help you be successful

Find Help For Xanax Addictions

Getting the right help is the most important step toward achieving sobriety.

Addiction can feel like a prison, but you do not have to remain stuck in that cycle if you want to change things for yourself.

Even before detox, there are medications and therapy options available so you can begin addressing your issues straight away. When that is not enough, Xanax rehab offers an extensive range of psychological and psychiatric services to improve your mental and physical health – ensure that you do your research and find the best fit for yourself.


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This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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