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Xanax is one of the most popular anti-anxiety drugs in the United States — and also one of the most commonly misused. Xanax is part of the drug class “benzodiazepines,” which are often prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. However, Xanax is often misused due to its potency and fast-acting effects, which can encourage feelings of calm and sedation, and can be psychologically and physically addictive. If you or someone you’re close to — a family member or friend — suffers from benzodiazepine addiction, there are Xanax rehabilitation options available. Free yourself from substance use disorder and live a life in recovery with help from The Recovery Village.

Xanax is the brand name for a prescription drug called alprazolam used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is the most prescribed psychiatric drug in the U.S. due to its effectiveness.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the country. It affects around 40 million adults, or 18 percent of the U.S. population. People suffering from anxiety disorders are six times more likely to be hospitalized from psychiatric disorders than those who do not have anxiety disorders.

Because of the high number of people affected by anxiety disorders, psychiatric drugs like Xanax are common as a means to treat feelings of panic. According to a 2013 report from Scientific American, 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. reported taking a psychiatric drug. Xanax was the most commonly used anti-anxiety medication.

When someone takes Xanax, the drug fires off gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters in a person’s brain. GABA, which can be summarized as the body’s calming function, is found in 80 percent of the brain’s nerve connections. If you become anxious or nervous, your brain releases GABA to calm down this negative activity.

When not enough GABA is present in a person’s brain while nervous, anxiety or panic typically results. Xanax produces more GABA for the brain and slows down the symptoms of panic within minutes. This can result in physical and mental relaxation, which is why people who are not prescribed Xanax or don’t experience anxiety often misuse the medication.

The effects of Xanax can be similar to drinking alcohol. The drug works on the central nervous system as well as the brain, and someone using Xanax can experience impairment, sleepiness and slow reaction time.

Common or possible effects of Xanax use include:

  • Relaxed, at-ease feelings
  • Impairment
  • Sleepiness
  • Slow reaction time
  • Issues with coordination
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Emotional issues

Xanax can be a dangerous drug when not used as directed. Xanax addiction is a common issue in the U.S., and dependency on the drug often starts with a prescription to treat anxiety or fear.

Those who struggle with anxiety and panic disorders are believed to have an imbalance in neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that help carry information from brain cells to other parts of the body. Xanax can stabilize brain activity and induce feelings of repose and relaxation when the body experiences an overwhelming amount of anxiety or fear.

After consistent use or an increased dosage of Xanax, a person can become addicted to the euphoric and tranquil feelings the medication provides. The body can get used to the drug’s presence and reduce the natural production of GABA, instead relying on the drug to combat anxiety and panic. This can lead to Xanax dependence and abuse.

A change in usage could result in extreme withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Shaking or twitching
  • Intense anxiety and fear
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Death

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there was a significant increase in emergency room visits – from 57,419 to 124,902 – involving the non-medical use of alprazolam between the years 2005 and 2010.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs of Xanax addiction, it may be time to seek treatment:

  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Agitation
  • Mania
  • Dry mouth

While Xanax misuse and addiction can have a significant negative effect on a person’s life, it can be managed with the appropriate treatment. With the proper care and program, a path to recovery is possible.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Xanax addiction and abuse, The Recovery Village is here to help you make the changes necessary to begin the path to recovery. While Xanax treatment options vary from center to center, there are a few common elements. They help the individual:

  • Work through initial withdrawal symptoms
  • Address any co-occurring mental-health disorders, such as anxiety or panic attacks
  • Understand the roots of their substance use disorder
  • Learn coping strategies needed to continue recovery after leaving a professional Xanax rehabilitation setting

At The Recovery Village, drug rehabilitation begins with a patient assessment from a well-trained team of medical professionals. A person suffering from Xanax addiction will then undergo medically supervised detoxification. Detoxification includes the withdrawal process, which can be a temporarily unpleasant but necessary part of the process. The Recovery Village medical staff closely monitors patients during this time to ensure a safe and secure withdrawal from Xanax. Following detoxification, patients may participate in varying levels of care and specialized therapy, including:

  • Inpatient Xanax rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Xanax rehabilitation
  • Group therapy for Xanax addiction
Once detoxification is complete and Xanax is cleared from the body, patients begin the Xanax rehabilitation phase of treatment. Inpatient rehabilitation is recommended for those with severe Xanax addiction, or those entering a rehabilitation program for the first time.

Patients undergoing inpatient Xanax rehab treatment participate in therapy and counseling in individual and group settings. These activities help people gain the skills and knowledge needed to address their physical and psychological dependence on the drug.

The inpatient Xanax rehabilitation program at The Recovery Village is completely confidential. allowing clients to focus entirely on recovery. Living on campus at one of several inpatient centers across the country is helpful to many program participants, even those who live locally. Full-time care provides an encouraging environment for the drug rehab process and 24-hour access to medical professionals.

There are many differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs offered at The Recovery Village’s centers. During outpatient treatment, most patients do not reside at the center but come in for scheduled Xanax rehabilitation treatment. This is recommended as a second step after inpatient treatment, or a first step for those who have less-severe addictions.

Outpatient rehabilitation can include a return to daily life and activities, a helpful step in a person’s recovery after completing inpatient treatment. Outpatient care for Xanax rehabilitation at a Recovery Village center may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric care for those suffering from co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression
  • Nutritional counseling for co-occurring eating disorders

This step in the recovery process offers patients more independence and autonomy than inpatient treatment. It also allows patients the ability to maintain their employment and work responsibilities, and care for their home and family. Family therapy is also offered by The Recovery Village during this step, helping patients reconcile with family for effective healing. Those with a deeply rooted substance use disorder who live in potentially triggering environments might need to enroll in an inpatient program, transitioning into sober living housing to maintain long-term recovery.

The Recovery Village offers a wide range of counseling options and therapies catered to the needs of all patients. Group therapy can be very effective for those undergoing Xanax rehabilitation. In these settings at The Recovery Village, a skilled counselor leads a conversation with a group of patients, fostering openness and encouraging them share their experiences with substance use disorder. Group therapy often continues beyond a rehabilitation center as those in recovery can find solidarity in group meetings and find support even after Xanax rehabilitation.

The Recovery Village centers also offer numerous recreational therapies, including*:

  • Art therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Yoga

*Services and recreational therapies vary depending on location.

Holistic practices are often helpful during Xanax rehabilitation for patients struggling with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression. Before a patient completes a treatment program, they work together with their treatment team to formulate a plan for the future, also called discharge planning or aftercare planning.

The Recovery Village has rehabilitation centers throughout the country that offer Xanax treatment through detoxification, inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare programs.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Xanax addiction, help and healing is closer than you think. Enroll yourself or your loved one in an inpatient rehabilitation program or call The Recovery Village to speak with a representative who can answer your questions about treatment and help begin the path to recovery.