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Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehab
Xanax abuse and side affects
The central nervous system depressant, Xanax (also known as Alprazolam), is prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders, sleep disorders or panic attacks. It is part of a drug group called benzodiazepines. It is available as a tablet, extended release tablet, disintegrating tablet and a liquid. Also known as yellow school buses, white ladders, bars, totem poles, candy bars, tonka toys and white sticks.
Xanax is part of a group of drugs known as central nervous system depressants. They are commonly referred to as sedative or tranquilizers because of the effect they have on the user’s state of being. Xanax and CNS depressants work by increasing the flow of the neurotransmitter gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA) to the body. GABA, in turn, decreases brain activity so that the user experiences sensations of calm or drowsiness.
Xanax is known to be a habit-forming drug. Many patients become reliant on the calming effects of the drug and their body develops a tolerance for it. They will need to take Xanax in increasing amounts to get the same sensations they initially experienced. Users intent on achieving a relaxed state also use it non-medically thus resulting in a xanax addiction.
Xanax is normally abused in conjunction with other drugs, such as heroin, or alcohol. In fact, research shows that 80% of Xanax abuse was polydrug abuse and a reported 73% of heroin addicts use Xanax once a week in order to sleep. Also, an estimated 40% of alcoholics self-treat their withdrawal symptoms by using Xanax to calm the sensations of anxiety.
In some cases, Xanax has been used as a “date rape drug” in order to force sex on an unsuspecting subject. It is used because of the effect of amnesia that it is has when combined with alcohol, which only strengthens the calming affect of the drug.
There are many side effects associated with both short and long-term use of the drug and they include drowsiness, light headedness, irritability, talkativeness, difficulty concentrating, dry mouth, changes in appetite and more. When Xanax addiction occurs for long periods of times, the side effects increase in severity and include seizures, skin rash, problems with speech, violent or suicidal thoughts, problems with coordination, yellowing of the skin and more.
Xanax withdrawal symptoms
When a Xanax addict decides to quit using the drug, they will typically experience serious withdrawal symptoms. Due to the length of time that the brain’s activity has been depressed, when a user begins cessation, the brain tends to race out of control, which can lead to seizures. Many detoxing addicts experience high levels of anxiety, insomnia and sensory hypersensitivity.
Xanax addiction treatment at Florida rehab centers – Challenges
At Challenges, we believe “Relapse Ends Here.” We are one of the oldest addiction recovery and relapse prevention centers in the state of Florida. If you or someone you know has a Xanax addiction we can help. Out treatment programs are design to suit the needs of each individual patient.
Whether you or a family member needs help with behavior modification, or a full detox program, at Challenges, we’ll work with you to ensure the program is designed to ensure the best chance for success. Our goal is to provide clients with the tools they need to help them identify their own particular warning signs and trigger mechanisms.
We provide a wide variety of treatment options for our clients that include yoga, massage, PHP treatment, extended care transitional treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, neurofeedback and technology enhanced aftercare to ensure success.