Xanax Addiction Treatment at Adelante Recovery Center
Xanax is in a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” act on the central nervous system (CNS) to produce a sedative effect. Xanax is used to treat several conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, and panic disorder. Doctors may also use it to calm or sedate patients before an uncomfortable procedure or surgery.
Some people abuse Xanax to get high, but it’s more common for people to start using it for legitimate reasons and then get hooked. Since Xanax blots out pain and anxiety and helps you sleep, the drug can easily become a crutch. Xanax addiction can eventually become all-consuming.
Xanax is particularly dangerous when mixed with other CNS depressants, like alcohol or opioids. More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction, recovery is possible with the right help.
Signs of Xanax Addiction
First, it’s important to understand the difference between Xanax addiction and Xanax dependency. You can be addicted without being dependent, and vice versa.
Addiction means you feel an overwhelming urge to the use the drug, and act on that urge, despite negative consequences. Dependency means you experience Xanax withdrawal symptoms, like anxiety or headaches, when you stop taking the drug.
The signs of Xanax addiction are largely behavioral and psychosocial, while the signs of dependency are more physical. Here’s a chart for comparison.
|Xanax Addiction Symptoms||Xanax Dependency Symptoms|
|Compulsive urge to use the drug||Anxiety|
|Continuing to use despite negative consequences||Diarrhea/stomach upset|
|Seeking the drug from more than one doctor (“doctor shopping”)||Insomnia|
|Relationship problems||Muscle cramps|
|Problems at work or at home||Headaches|
|Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed||Decreased concentration|
|Spending more time using the drug or using it for longer than you intended||Rapid breathing|
|Legal issues because of drug use||Tremors/Seizures|
If you’re trying to quit benzodiazepines, it’s important to get professional help. Xanax withdrawal effects can be uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Adelante Recovery Center Can Help
Adelante Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment for people struggling with Xanax addiction as well as dual diagnosis programs for those who have co-occurring mental health issues.
Our luxury treatment centers in Corona del Mar is the ideal setting for healing and recovery. Individual counseling and group therapy form the core of our programs, but we allow plenty of time for restorative activities like yoga, beach walks, and hiking, and plenty of down time for reflection.
Our on-site medical doctor and certified addiction counselor will work together to create a tailored treatment plan for your specific needs—body, mind, and spirit. We do everything possible to keep you comfortable during Xanax withdrawal treatment.