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.
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.
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 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.
Recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery. Contact us today for Xanax addiction help and to learn more about our Southern California Xanax drug rehab facilities.
If you or a loved one are in need of help with addiction, contact us today. Our professional and friendly addiction specialists are able to answer your questions and get things moving in the right direction.