Xanax, also known as Alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine. A few street names for Xanax would be Z-bars, Yellow-boys, Footballs, and Bars.  Xanax effects chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced and caused anxiety.  It is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.  It has a high potential for recreational use and is one of the most commonly misused drugs in the U.S.  When used properly, a patient will take Xanax in either pill or liquid form, up to three to four times a day as commonly directed.  But an addict will take the pills without following prescription direction just for the feeling the drug provides.  As time goes on, the Xanax addict will have to take more and more Xanax to achieve the same effect.  This will build up their tolerance and can wind up being very dangerous to their health.  As with all Benzodiazepine class drugs, the effects of Xanax can be even more extreme and dangerous when combined with alcohol use.  Patients with a high risk of misuse and addiction are those with a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, and patients with borderline personality disorder.  At PVRC’s Xanax Rehab, we think it’s important our clients understand the true nature of the substances that have come to wreak such havoc in their lives.


Xanax Rehab for your Xanax Addiction

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax can be addictive if taken in large quantities, or used over a prolonged period of time.  Even people who take the medication exactly as prescribed can become addicted to it.  Many people who develop a Xanax addiction are ashamed of that fact and will deny it if confronted, or they may genuinely not know they are addicted. They may also not be able to distinguish between normal use and abuse when it comes to prescription drugs.  Drug abuse negatively affects a person’s behavior and habits as he or she becomes more dependent on the drug.  Xanax can alter the brain’s ability to focus and form coherent thoughts. Changes in behavior, such as increased aggression, lethargy, depression, or sudden changes in a social network can indicate a problem with drug abuse.  Prescription drugs such as Xanax are often overlooked as substances of abuse because of their legitimate medical purpose.  Benzos (as they are sometimes called) are among the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs.  The physical signs will vary, but if you notice a trend of someone frequently visiting different doctors to seek a diagnosis, it can be one sign of prescription drug abuse.  Another sign is taking higher dosages than prescribed or frequently losing prescriptions.  Dangerous withdrawal effects can be associated with Xanax. The most life threatening are seizures. Other common symptoms may include: Insomnia, Tremors, Moodiness, Anxiety or panic, Nightmares, Hallucination, and Nausea or vomiting.  One method employed to quit Xanax is slowly tapering off the medication over a long period of time.  This can take several months, but is more secure and much less uncomfortable than ceasing the medication at once.  The speed at which the dose is decreased will depend upon the strength of addiction; in other words, people who have been using Xanax for long periods of time will need to taper off more slowly.

Xanax Rehab at PVRC

Drug abuse affects people from all walks of life and all socio-economic levels.  Whether a person starts taking drugs because of peer pressure or stress relief, or whether he or she abuses prescription drugs, we know how easy it can be to become addicted.  Some drugs take longer to become addicted to than others, but all drugs are to some degree capable of making the user dependent.  Breaking free of a drug addiction often requires outside help, preferably one with an on-site detox program like our Xanax rehab program at PVRC.  At PVRC, our facility has been designed to promote a comfortable, healing experience, managed in a soothing atmosphere.  We know that if the recovering addict is not comfortable with their environment, the chances of achieving sustainable sobriety will decrease considerably.  Xanax abuse is a severe problem in the United States and the specific class of drugs to which it belongs is responsible for countless drug-related deaths every year (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs).

If you or a loved one is suffering from a Xanax addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help.  Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s Xanax rehab is the right program for you.