Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Xanax is a prescription benzodiazepine medication commonly used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. It is one of the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medications in the United States; however, its potent fast-acting characteristics make it highly addictive and dangerous when used in combination with other substances, particularly alcohol.

What Is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax, also known generically as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. In rare cases, Xanax may be used to treat depression, agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Xanax works by decreasing excitement and activity in the brain. For people who suffer from extreme anxiety or debilitating panic disorders, Xanax can be a beneficial drug that can improve quality of life. However, due to its powerful and rapid calming effects, many people develop an addiction to Xanax and abuse this drug.

Given the highly addictive nature of Xanax and the problems associated with long-term use, researchers are working to develop new anti-anxiety and epilepsy medications that do not mimic the same pathways as other dangerous drugs such as opioids and gamma-hydroxybutyrate, also known as GHB or the “date rape” drug.

Xanax Addiction Facts and Statistics

Researchers have found that Xanax is significantly more toxic than other benzodiazepines commonly used to treat anxiety. As doctors are increasing the rate of prescription, patients and individuals both with and without a Xanax prescription are using Xanax at higher rates, which is leading to increased numbers of Xanax addiction and overdose.

When taken as prescribed, benzodiazepines like Xanax cause the central nervous system to slow down to a safe level where the patient experiences relief from intense anxiety. However, these drugs also come with many risks.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2019, 16 percent of overdose deaths involving opioids also involved benzodiazepines, common benzodiazepines include Xanax.

As of 2015, 39.3 million people used Xanax and other tranquilizers to treat their psychological disorders. In the same year, the Xanax addiction rate and rate of abuse for similar tranquilizer drugs was 11.1 percent of the population over the age of 12 years. This amounts to 29.7 million individuals.

Not only is Xanax highly addictive and dangerous on its own, but when taken in combination with other drugs, the severity of the drug’s effects is amplified and can be lethal.

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Effective World-Class Treatment for Xanax Addiction at Alta Mira

Addiction recovery at our residential Xanax rehab will help you regain control of your fate and future. At Alta Mira, healing, recovery, and addressing all facets of your Xanax addiction, along with any underlying co-occurring disorders, will be our top priority.

During your stay at our luxury Xanax rehab, your evidence-based treatment will be supported by:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • Individual counseling and therapy
  • Group/Peer-based therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Educational programs
  • Holistic healing practices (yoga, biofeedback, meditation, massage therapy, etc.)
  • Experiential activities
  • Life skills and coping skills courses and workshops
  • Fitness and nutrition programs
  • Relapse prevention training and instruction

Our world-class addiction treatment specialists offer the very best evidence-based treatment services at every stage of your recovery, and one of their primary objectives will be to help you identify triggers and other circumstances that might make you vulnerable to relapse. While Xanax drug addiction will be the organizing point of your rehab for Xanax addiction, Alta Mira specializes in the treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Psychiatric troubles are at the root of many drug abuse problems, and our treatment plans are always customized to provide intervention for any and all mental and behavioral health issues you might encounter.

Integrated treatment at Alta Mira means that all of your medical conditions are given priority, simultaneously. We recognize—and soon you will, too—that our residential treatment program for Xanax addiction has tremendous liberating potential.

Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

The signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction include:

  • Changes in mood such as irritability or being more talkative or social than usual
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Diminished appetite
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to urinate
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

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Knowing When It's Time for Xanax Addiction Treatment

Getting help for Xanax addiction is vital. But making that first step toward this important and potentially life-transforming move can be challenging for anyone who has tried to manage addiction on their own. Residential treatment for Xanax abuse is most effective because it allows an individual to focus on treatment for an extended period of time while learning the necessary skills for returning home and avoiding a relapse. Xanax addiction treatment is tailored to each individual and typically includes:

  • Detox
  • One-on-one behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy and peer support
  • Educational programs
  • Family therapy
  • Experiential and holistic therapies
  • Intensive workshops
  • Fitness/recreation
  • Relaxation strategies and stress management
  • Learning how to avoid relapses

Relapse prevention is an important part of treatment and includes learning what triggers prescription drug use, how to avoid triggers, lifestyle changes, and learning and using healthy coping strategies.

We understand that in order for Xanax addiction rehab to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.

How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for Abusing Xanax

Addiction to Xanax is not a choice nor a sign of weakness. It is a condition of the brain that can respond to targeted treatment. When your loved one comes to Alta Mira, they will finally have a chance to be free from the debilitating effects of Xanax addiction.

While you can have an influence on your loved one’s decision to seek treatment, an individual struggling with Xanax addiction must take ultimate responsibility for their own recovery. Your support and encouragement may be what will finally convince them to seek help for their struggles with Xanax.

  • The Challenge. Helping a loved one who is struggling with Xanax can be a long and heartbreaking journey. It can be hard to help someone, particularly if they don’t want help or if they live far away. Many families wait years beyond the time that they first thought about intervening.
  • Get Help for Yourself. If you have a loved one who is suffering from Xanax addiction, one of the first things you can do is take care of yourself by attending peer support meetings like Nar-Anon.
  • Consider an Interventionist. The longer you wait for someone to “hit bottom,” the more their disease advances. You can actually increase the chance of a successful outcome by intervening with your loved one before their disease progresses to a more dangerous level. However, organizing your family to set limits and boundaries to get a loved one into rehab can be challenging.

Hiring a professional interventionist can help the family get organized as a team, prepare to speak to the addict in a coordinated way, to give your loved one the best possible chance of successfully arriving in treatment. Interventionists can also be helpful during and after the treatment experience, providing support and coaching to the family to ensure that the patient completes treatment. If you are considering an intervention, our admissions team can also help you with this process.

How Our Luxury Xanax Addiction Rehab Center Transforms Lives

Residential treatment for Xanax addiction is the best option for you or your loved one. Our luxury Xanax rehab is designed for a safe detox and successful recovery from addiction. During treatment, we’ll provide you with an array of tools to guide your Xanax recovery, such as a personalized treatment plan, holistic and alternative therapies, group therapy, family therapy, life skills training, and help with exercise and nutrition. During your stay at Alta Mira, you’ll have an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This will include comprehensive services for any co-occurring conditions that might be complicating or supporting your Xanax addiction.

Our Transformational Xanax Addiction Treatment Program

Your first 30 days of treatment at Alta Mira is referred to as your Detox, Stabilization, Assessment period, which begins with private, medically supervised detox. During this time, our detox specialists will keep you safe and secure, monitored 24/7, as you rest in the privacy of your own room.

You can also expect:

  • Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist
  • Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
  • Neuropsychological testing and advanced psychological testing
  • Orientation to our recovery fundamentals and self-regulation skills development
  • In-depth family engagement and the option for loved ones to attend multiple 3-day family programs
  • Introduction to therapy groups

Following 30 days of stabilization, clients move on to the next phase of their recovery process at Alta Mira, which we call our Transformational Program. Key elements of our complete 90-day transformational Xanax rehab program include:

  • Three individual intensive psychotherapy sessions per week
  • Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
  • Participation in advanced workshops to support introspection, foundational change toward recovery, and relapse prevention
  • Expanded neuropsychological assessment and continued weekly psychiatrist meetings inform tailored treatment adjustments and a refined individualized clinical approach
  • Practice and integration of recovery principles and self-regulation skills and continued family work to support improved individual outcomes
  • Intensive Workshops

The Courage to Change

Lasting change takes time. It can take six weeks to change a simple habit. Changing behavior following Xanax addiction can be very challenging. Learning how to develop clean and sober behaviors, effectively deal with triggers and stressors, take medication as prescribed, and make healthy lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery can take time.

Better Xanax Addiction Treatment Outcomes

Our 90-day program provides the structure, support, and time to learn a new way of living to give clients the best possible outcome. Studies show that individuals should participate in Xanax treatment for at least 90 days to see the best results. However, the best indicator of success is not the duration of the program, but the mutual cooperation between the recovering addict and the treatment center, as they plan for continuing care after finishing the program.

Working Together

We understand that in order for treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.

Reclaim Your Life at Our Private Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehab Center Today

We believe individuals are best able to focus on their recovery when immersed in a secure, serene, healing setting. That’s why we provide comfortable surroundings while maintaining the most advanced and sophisticated Xanax rehab program in Northern California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class Xanax addiction specialists.

Seeking a helping hand to guide you through these difficult times is not an easy decision. Our caring and experienced team at Alta Mira can help guide you through the next steps toward achieving lasting recovery.

Don’t let Xanax control your life. To begin your life-changing transformation, contact us today.

Xanax Addiction FAQs

Xanax is a fast-acting drug, which makes it particularly dangerous. While many other drugs break down slowly in the body and therefore release chemicals over time, Xanax is broken down quickly and absorbed easily into the bloodstream. If an individual consumes too high of a dose of Xanax at once, the effects will be dramatic and occur almost immediately.

The symptoms of a Xanax overdose include:

  •      Coma
  •      Confusion
  •      Difficulty breathing
  •      Drowsiness
  •      Hallucinations
  •      Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  •      Lapses in memory
  •      Loss of consciousness
  •      Loss of coordination and balance
  •      Seizures
  •      Skin rash
  •      Slurred speech

Relapse following Xanax addiction treatment is a serious concern. Many people who return to using  Xanax after stopping use for an extended period of time return to using their previously high dosage. However, after being without the drug, tolerance levels drop. Resuming use with a high dosage can lead to overdose, especially when combined with other sedative medications or alcohol.

Throughout recovery and for several months or years after stopping Xanax use, it is extremely helpful to seek the care of trained professionals who can help you protect your sobriety, even in the face of withdrawal symptoms. While not everyone experiences long-term withdrawal symptoms, those who do may require a higher level of support to avoid relapse and to stay healthy.

The withdrawal process from Xanax is difficult and can be life-threatening. Some people who withdraw from Xanax experience seizures, extreme irritability, heightened anxiety, and problems sleeping. Due to the health risks associated with xanax withdrawal symptoms, it is recommended that people who are abusing or addicted to Xanax go through a medically-supervised detox and withdrawal in a residential treatment facility that offers around-the-clock care and support.

Xanax withdrawal signs will show up differently in each person and depend on a number of factors. However, for diagnostic purposes, mental health and substance abuse professionals rely on a specific set of diagnostic criteria from the American Psychological Association (APA), which include:

  •      Anxiety
  •      Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  •      Hallucinations, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there
  •      Nausea or vomiting
  •      Psychomotor agitation (difficulty sitting still)
  •      Racing heartbeat
  •      Seizures
  •      Sweating
  •      Tremors, or shaking hands

Many factors affect how withdrawal affects each person. For example, the length of time a person has been using Xanax, at what dosage, how frequently they take the drugs, and if they use Xanax in combination with alcohol or any other drugs will each affect the withdrawal process. A person’s mental health and medical history will also affect withdrawal.