The original purpose for Xanax was to help those with anxiety issues. But the effects the drug produces are sought after by many people, for numerous reasons, reaching far beyond the realm of its initial intent. This is reflected in the extreme increase of those who visited emergency rooms suffering from the effects of Xanax, jumping from 46,000 in 2004, to 125,000 in 2010. Falling under the class of benzodiazepines, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant that produces a feeling of sedation, and can be used to relieve anxiety, as a sleep aid, and even prevent seizures. Those who obtain it illegally, along with many who overuse this medication, may find themselves at risk of developing a Xanax addiction. Use of Xanax comes with serious side effects, especially having to do with impaired mental functions, because CNS depressants directly influence your brain. Xanax abuse can lead to slurring of speech, confusion, disorientation, and a loss in coordination. More serious issues come along with prolonged abuse such as auditory hallucinations, hypotension, seizure, respiratory depression or arrest, withdrawals, and even coma (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-over-counter-medications).
Treatment for Xanax Addiction
If there is a person in your life that you believe may be in need of treatment for Xanax addiction, it is important to know the options for treatment. The first, less intensive option for treatment is attending an outpatient facility, an option designed for those who have not sunk as far into the depths of their dependency. Clients go about the majority of their day “normally”, going to work or school, looking after children, etc. but will require the attendance of group sessions and check-ins throughout the week. The second option, an inpatient facility, is for those who may be considered full-fledged xanax addicts, and have continued taking the drug regardless of the adverse consequences that have come about due to their abuse. Inpatient facilities require patients to stay on site for an agreed-upon period of time and have numerous group and therapy sessions throughout each day. It is much intensified treatment plan than outpatient programs, as the majority of your day will be focused on topics geared towards addiction and personal growth. For those with a serious problem, inpatient facilities are the better choice in order to get a leg up on a new life again.
Xanax Addiction Treatment at PVRC
The first step in recovering from a Xanax addiction is removing the substance from your body, a process called detoxification. Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced during this time and may include: increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, tremors, irritability, and in severe cases seizures. At PVRC, we understand the fears surrounding withdrawal, and it is important to us that our clients have the smoothest, safest, most comfortable detox possible. Once the detox is finished and the drugs have left the body, the real work of recovery can begin. Our patients have multiple groups throughout each day that are geared towards educating them about their xanax addiction, behaviors, relapse prevention, etc. We also offer group and individual therapy sessions that can help clients unearth certain aspects of their life that may have contributed to the lifestyle being lead previously. We also aim to show our clients that life can be enjoyable again without relying upon drugs by taking them on outings throughout the LA area and showing them life in new light. PVRC’s goal and hope is to help all our patients build a solid foundation in sobriety and see that a life without drugs is a life worth living.
Don’t delay another moment if there is an addict in your life that you feel needs help. Contact one of PVRC’s admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to inquire about our facility and program, and if it’s right for you or your loved one.