Overcoming Xanax addiction often requires professional treatment because of the potentially severe withdrawal symptoms that can occur.  Xanax is in the category of drugs known as benzodiazepines.  It is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders and is highly addictive when misused or deliberately abused.  Also, Xanax users who are taking the substance strictly as prescribed can become addicted without realizing it.

Why is Professional Treatment Needed for Xanax Addiction?

When a person attempts to suddenly discontinue using Xanax, they experience unpleasant withdrawal effects.  Some of the effects, such as seizures, are life-threatening.  Undergoing withdrawal under supervised medical monitoring can lessen the effects of the withdrawals and prevent adverse consequences.

Other withdrawal symptoms that can be difficult to manage without professional help include:

  • Irritability, anxiety, panic attacks
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trembling
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Inability to concentrate

In addition to the above, some severe withdrawal symptoms can occur such as:

  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Relapse
  • Seizures

In a professional detox facility, several methods are utilized to minimize the discomfort and ensure the safety of the patient.  A variety of methodologies are used such as massage, relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, acupuncture, sauna, nutrition, and many others.  The important thing to remember is that while in the detox facility, patients have no access to drugs of any kind, thereby increasing the chance of effective recovery.

How to Recognize Xanax Abuse or Addiction

Someone who is abusing Xanax for recreational purposes or someone who has unknowingly become addicted to their prescription will display a variety of signs and symptoms that indicate that there may be a problem.  For instance:

  • Physical Signs of Xanax Addiction or Dependence
    • Feelings of elation
    • Drowsiness, sleeping for extended periods
    • Trouble concentrating, confusion, disorientation
    • Slurred speech
    • Memory problems
    • Headaches, lightheadedness
    • Nausea
    • Lethargy
  • Other Signs of Xanax Dependence or Addiction
    • Relationship dysfunction
    • Missing work or school or other responsibilities
    • Financial problems
    • Social isolation
    • Lack of interest in normal activities
    • Doctor-shopping to gain more of the drug

Some other signs to watch for include poor hygiene, declining health, lying (and stealing) to obtain money for more of the drug, and changes in friends or hang-outs.

Benefits of Professional Inpatient Treatment

In some cases, a medical professional will recommend a tapering-off method of Xanax withdrawal.  This method should only be attempted under close medical supervision.  However, the chance of relapse is much higher using this method.  The best option for effective recovery is to enter an inpatient facility.

Inpatient treatment provides a secure, comfortable environment where there is no access to addictive substances of any kind.  The inpatient treatment program is designed to teach a person the necessary skills for maintaining a drug-free lifestyle for the long-term.  Additionally, the program can be adapted to fit each patient’s unique needs.

If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome Xanax addiction, call our toll-free number today and let us get you started on a new path in life, a drug-free path.