Most people know Xanax as a popular benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety, panic attacks and tension. Also sold under the generic name alprazolam and often misspelled as Zanax or Xanex, Xanax abuse can lead to a serious dependence or addiction. If you are struggling with Xanax addiction, you are among the thousands of people who become trapped in the cycle of sedative dependence each year.
The Xanax Addiction Cycle
Xanax is a short-acting drug, which makes it popular for people who suffer from phobias and panic attacks. Xanax begins working shortly after it is taken, but it will wear off after a few hours. Over time most people develop a tolerance for Xanax that causes a need for greater amounts of the drug. For those who use Xanax recreationally, the drug is often combined with alcohol or other drugs in dangerous ways. Although this is a prescription drug offered by doctors, it is a highly controlled substance and can result in coma, stroke or death if misused.
You may have experienced Xanax’s “bounce back” effect first hand. As this drug begins to wear off, the Xanax user may feel sudden sensations of panic, agitation, shakiness or nervousness. All of these sensations are withdrawal symptoms, and these symptoms can be much worse than the original panic. Xanax withdrawal symptoms often create a cycle of abuse. A user self-medicates painful emotions or seeks a high with the first dose. Withdrawal sensations cause the user to take a second dose. Over time Xanax users may need to take up to 40 pills a day, placing themselves in serious risk of a deadly overdose.
Integrated Treatment for Xanax Addiction
Foundations Recovery Network offers a different approach to Xanax addiction treatment. Traditional Xanax substance abuse treatment only treats the physical addiction and the behaviors associated with using Xanax and other drugs. This limited treatment does not address the following:
- The anxiety you may have experienced before Xanax use
- The emotions and difficulties you have experienced as a result of Xanax use
- How you build a new life without drugs or alcohol
Traditional substance abuse treatment does not always address these issues. Integrated treatment works to help you address real-world scenarios. By uncovering and treating mental and emotional problems in a safe and comfortable environment, our integrated programs are able to help you return to life renewed, refreshed and ready to handle daily temptations and stresses. Our step-down levels of treatment include the following:
- Inpatient rehab
- Outpatient rehab
- Ongoing counseling and therapy
- Support groups
- Alumni outreach
These levels are designed to help you remain strong in your Xanax addiction recovery even after rehab care is complete.
Get Xanax Abuse or Addiction Help
Find out how we can help you recover from Xanax dependence and addiction today. If you are concerned about a loved one’s Xanax use, we can provide information and resources. We are here to help, and we are here 24 hours a day. Please call our toll-free helpline at (888) 898-0248 to begin Xanax recovery today.