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Xanax Abuse Help

Xanax abuse helpXanax is a highly potent drug that is prescribed to treat panic attacks, nervousness, and tension. The active ingredients in Xanax slow down chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced. Xanax has a high potential for abuse of the drowsy, euphoric feeling that it induces.

How Does Xanax Addiction Occur?

No one really sets out to become addicted to Xanax. It normally starts with a legitimate reason take the drug and a valid prescription. Users enjoy the calm feeling that it produces and as their body builds a tolerance to the drug they have to take more and more to achieve the feeling. Before they know it, an addiction is born.

Once addicted, people will do whatever they can to get more of the drug, always seeking a high and to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. They will become completely consumed with getting more of the drug and other areas of their life will begin to suffer. The effects of addiction can be dramatic.  Physical, mental, financial, and social consequences become increasingly worse, but addicts are not able to quit even when they want to. They will exhibit a constant and compulsive craving to use Xanax and may say that they “need it” to feel normal.

What Help is Available for Xanax Addiction?

The first step to recovering from addiction is admitting that you have a problem and seeking and accepting help. Getting help from Xanax addiction will in most cases begin with an admission to a detox center for the management and treatment of withdrawal symptoms. Xanax withdrawal can be very uncomfortable and it is best to do it in a place where you are surrounded with support and medical counsel on how you can best manage the side effects. Completely detoxifying the body from Xanax usually takes between ten and fourteen days.

The next phase of treatment will focus on the psychological aspects of addiction. Treatment services will include things like the following:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Support groups
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention planning

Recovering addicts will examine the many factors that contributed to their abusive behaviors. Why did you begin abusing drugs in the first place? It is important to identify the triggers in life that influence you to abuse drugs. Addicts will be encouraged to express feelings and emotions that they have generally suppressed for a long time. They will be taught how to prevent relapse in the future by identifying and planning for high risk situations.

After the residential treatment has been completed, the patient can choose between attending day treatment, out patient treatment or private therapy. The recovered addict should also join a support group where they will continue to receive help and support on living a drug free life.

How Do I Find Help for Xanax Abuse and Addiction?

If you would like to know more about treatment options for Xanax addiction, our counselors are available 24 hours a day to talk with you. Call our toll-free number today to receive more information on how you or a loved one can overcome their addiction.

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