Benzodiazepines like Xanax produce central nervous system depression and are most commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Xanax can have a high potential for addiction, particularly for individuals with a history of multi-substance abuse.
Uses and Abuses of Xanax
Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that impact and enhance the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), resulting in sedative, hypnotic (sleep inducing), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and muscle-relaxant effects. Benzodiazepines, particularly those having a rapid onset, are sometimes abused to produce a euphoric effect. Cocaine addicts may use benzodiazepines to relieve the side effects (e.g., irritability and agitation) associated with cocaine binges. Benzodiazepines also may be used to augment alcohol’s effects and modulate withdrawal states. People abusing benzodiazepines usually take doses in excess of the recommended therapeutic dose.
With legitimate medical use, benzodiazepines are useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines are categorized as short-, intermediate- or long-acting. Short- and intermediate-acting benzodiazepines are preferred for the treatment of insomnia; longer-acting benzodiazepines are recommended for the treatment of anxiety.
Why Xanax Addiction Treatment Is Critical
Attempting to quit using Xanax on your own can be dangerous depending on how long you’ve been abusing it and your individual physical and psychological make-up.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who has taken Xanax or other benzos long-term develops dependence and stops taking or reduces the dosage. Xanax withdrawal is similar to alcohol withdrawal syndrome and can in severe cases provoke life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures.
Severe and life-threatening symptoms are mostly limited to abrupt or too-fast reduction from high doses. An extended withdrawal syndrome may develop in some individuals with symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, insomnia and sensory disturbances. In a small number of people it can be severe and resemble serious psychiatric and medical conditions such as schizophrenia and seizure disorders. A serious side effect of benzodiazepine withdrawal is suicidality.
Medical Xanax Detox
Xanax withdrawal symptoms can begin within a few days of last use, depending on the person. Sometimes less severe symptoms like sleep disturbances or irritability can linger for several months. For clients detoxing from Xanax, The Ranch Mississippi provides 24/7 monitoring from nurses and physicians who can ease withdrawal symptoms using research-backed medications. Our medical team provides care around the clock, immediately attending to any physical or psychological discomfort.
Inpatient Xanax Rehab
Xanax rehab not only helps you safely eliminate addictive substances from your body, it helps you develop healthy coping skills and overcome your psychological addiction to drugs. You’ll learn better ways to address the issues that have led to Xanax addiction.
Psychological and medical professionals will ensure that any co-occurring mental health issues that are fueling your addictive behaviors are properly diagnosed and treated. With specialized therapies and approaches, you’ll begin healing underlying emotional wounds.
Struggling With Xanax Addiction?
If you’re abusing Xanax and/or other substances, we can help. Our medical and psychological teams are specially trained in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. We have the evidence-based therapies and approaches to help you achieve long-term sobriety and live a fulfilling life. Call us for a free, confidential assessment.
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