Xanax Addiction Treatment in Memphis

Treatment for Xanax Misuse, Abuse & Addiction

Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer, commonly prescribed to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions, including anxiety and panic disorders. As useful as Xanax is for treating these conditions, it is also very addictive. As a result, it has a relatively high potential for misuse and abuse.

If you are struggling to control your Xanax use, or if someone you love is abusing or addicted to Xanax, know that help is available. At Grace Land Recovery, we offer comprehensive Xanax addiction treatment at our Memphis-area rehab center. We believe in an integrated, whole-person approach that addresses the underlying issues and co-occurring conditions that drive prescription drug abuse. Our goal is to help our patients develop the skills they need to manage cravings, avoid triggers, and prevent relapse so that they can achieve lasting sobriety.

Contact us online or call (901) 519-2655 to learn more about our Xanax addiction treatment programs in Memphis.

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What Is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine, or “benzo.” Benzos are man-made psychoactive drugs that enhance the effect of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter in the brain. In doing so, Xanax slows down certain brain and body functions. Thus, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant.

Xanax itself comes in the form of an FDA-approved medicinal pill. Doctors mainly prescribe individuals Xanax to help them treat stress and anxiety disorders. This is because using Xanax can help people who suffer from these conditions slow down their thinking and nervousness. Because Xanax helps slow down certain brain and body functions, doctors also sometimes prescribe Xanax to people to help them manage seizures.

Xanax may also be prescribed to treat the following conditions:

  • Agitation
  • Mania
  • Muscle spasms
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Sleep issues

What Does Xanax Do to the Brain & Body?

Anxiety causes the brain to go into overdrive. As a result, the brain needs to receive tranquilizing neurotransmitters to help calm it down. GABA neurotransmitters act as such tranquilizing neurotransmitters by sending messages to the brain during times of high anxiety to help calm it down. Because Xanax enhances the effects of GABA neurotransmitters in the brain, it helps to calm down the brain even more during times of high anxiety.

The GABA-enhancing effects of Xanax are so strong that they can even relax the muscles in the body. This is why doctors also prescribe Xanax to people to help them manage their seizures and muscle spasms.

While Xanax can help slow down the brain and body in a way that helps treat anxiety and stress disorders, along with physical conditions such as seizures and muscle spasms, it can also cause people to experience memory loss, feelings of hostility and irritability, and vivid dreams. Excessive Xanax use can even cause people to experience shallow breathing, clammy skin, dilated pupils, and weak and rapid heart rates.

Xanax abuse can even cause a person to fall into a coma or die. That’s why it’s so important to monitor any side effects or symptoms with Xanax use. Additionally, anyone who is suffering from Xanax abuse or addiction should receive professional Xanax addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Side Effects of Xanax Use

Like any medication, Xanax can cause certain side effects.

Common side effects of Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Euphoria
  • Dry mouth
  • Memory loss
  • Problems concentrating
  • Poor coordination
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Constipation
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hallucinations

While people use Xanax to help treat anxiety, excessive use can cause a person to experience adverse effects. In some cases, taking too much Xanax can cause a person to actually develop anxiety or depression. There are even reports of people who abuse Xanax experiencing suicidal thoughts. That’s why it’s so important to monitor one’s Xanax use, as well as any other substances a person uses (such as alcohol) while also using Xanax.

What Happens When You Mix Xanax with Other Substances?

The effects of Xanax on the brain and body can change depending on what other substances a person is also using. For example, drinking alcohol or taking another central nervous system depressant while using Xanax can cause many of the negative side effects previously mentioned.

Smoking cigarettes while using Xanax can decrease blood levels. Taking medications and drugs such as azole antifungal medications, cimetidine, certain antidepressants, HIV medications, macrolide, antibiotics, rifamycins, and other seizure medications while also using Xanax can affect how Xanax leaves the body. In fact, some medications can make Xanax stay in the body’s system longer than normal, leading to Xanax overdose.

Due to the many negative effects of using Xanax at the same time as other substances, people should notify their doctors of any other medications or substances that they are using prior to beginning Xanax use. Otherwise, using certain medications can make it easier to develop a Xanax addiction.

How Long Does It Take for Xanax Effects to Kick In?

Xanax is a fast-acting medication. This is because the body quickly absorbs Xanax. In fact, the human body absorbs Xanax so quickly that people can feel its effects within one to two hours, or even less.

Just as the human body absorbs Xanax quickly, it also releases Xanax in a relatively short period of time. In fact, within just about 11 hours, the body removes half of the Xanax that it absorbs. As a result, doctors advise individuals who need to take Xanax to do so three times a day, every several hours.

Even though Xanax moves through the body quickly, it is still a very powerful drug. Thus, doctors suggest that all individuals who take Xanax stop doing so after two to four weeks. Taking Xanax for a longer period of time can cause a person to develop a Xanax addiction. Once individuals develop Xanax addictions, they must attend Xanax addiction treatment, like our Xanax addiction treatment center in Memphis.

What Are the Signs of Xanax Addiction?

The sooner a person is aware that he or she is suffering from a Xanax addiction, the quicker that person can attend addiction treatment and achieve recovery. As such, it is important to know the signs of Xanax abuse, dependency, and addiction.

Some common signs of Xanax addiction include:

  • Taking more Xanax at a time than one’s doctor prescribes a person to take
  • Taking Xanax for a longer period of time than prescribed
  • Not being able to stop using Xanax even when one tries to
  • Shopping at different medical facilities or pharmacies for Xanax
  • Exhibiting risky behavior just to gain more Xanax pills
  • Having strong cravings for Xanax
  • No longer keeping up with one’s work or school responsibilities
  • Continuing to use Xanax even after doing so has negatively affected one’s life
  • Exhibiting sudden mood swings

Once a person begins chronically abusing Xanax, they are at risk of becoming addicted. At this point, they will likely experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Poor reflexes
  • Impaired coordination
  • Struggling to think and make decisions
  • Poor memory
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty saying words
  • General weakness
  • Coma
  • Overdose
  • Death

Xanax Detox & Withdrawal

Because of how strong Xanax is, individuals who suffer from Xanax addiction must typically attend medical detox followed by professional addiction treatment. Medical detox for Xanax addiction is the process of ridding the body of the medication.

While detoxing from Xanax, individuals will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. In fact, Xanax withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours of one’s last use of the medication and peak in severity within one to four days. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be severe.

Common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Numb fingers
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

To treat Xanax withdrawal during detox, a person must taper one’s use of the medication. To taper means to slowly diminish until something is all gone. Thus, to taper one’s Xanax use during detox means to slowly stop using Xanax until one is no longer using the medication and the medication is completely removed from the person’s bodily system.

To further ensure that Xanax detox runs smoothly and that Xanax withdrawal symptoms don’t become too severe, individuals can receive a little bit of a long-acting benzodiazepine. This can help subdue cravings and withdrawal symptoms until all benzos and Xanax are removed from the person’s system during detox.

Xanax Addiction Treatment

Once a person safely removes all Xanax from their system during detox, that person can start attending Xanax addiction treatment. Xanax addiction treatment can occur in an inpatient or outpatient format. The right option depends on the severity of a person’s Xanax addiction.

Some common types of Xanax addiction treatment programs include:

  • Inpatient or Residential Xanax Addiction Treatment: Individuals with severe Xanax addictions should attend inpatient or residential treatment. This is because inpatient and residential treatment programs provide 24/7 care and monitoring.
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs: Individuals with moderate to severe addictions who may not be able to live in rehab facilities 24/7 may consider attending a partial hospitalization program. Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are the most intense form of outpatient treatment. PHPs require patients to attend rehab for around five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. When PHP patients aren’t receiving treatment, they can return to the comfort of their own homes.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs: The second most intense form of outpatient treatment is intensive outpatient treatment. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) requires patients to attend rehab for around three to four hours a day, a few days a week. Just like all outpatient forms of treatment, IOPs allow patients to live in their own homes when not receiving care.
  • Outpatient Programs: The least intensive form of Xanax addiction treatment is standard outpatient treatment. Standard outpatient programs (OPs) require patients to attend rehab for around a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week.

Let Grace Land Recovery Help You on the Road to Recovery

Grace Land Recovery is a dual-diagnosis treatment center located in the Memphis, Tennessee area. We offer a wide variety of addiction treatment programs that are specialized by substance and individualized by patient. We aim to address the root of our patients’ addiction issues. To do so, we provide our patients with a wide variety of addiction therapies, treatment programs, and mental health services. This allows each of our patients to treat substance use disorders from the inside out.

To learn more about Grace Land Recovery and the different ways that we can help you or your loved one, reach out to our team today. Our specialists are happy to discuss our programs and treatment options.

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