Very few individuals start using Xanax® without a legitimate health reason. Xanax® acts as a tranquilizer to calm feelings of anxiety, agitation, or nervous depression. Your doctor may prescribe Xanax® to stop panic attacks or to help you with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because Xanax® acts very quickly, the drug can help you cope with the overwhelming physical responses to fear or anxiety.
As time passes, most people taking the medication want to take Xanax® more often. You may even believe that you don’t think or behave normally unless you are under the influence of Xanax®. If you feel you’ve lost control, detox and rehabilitation provide the support needed to restore your emotional and physical well-being. Michael’s House is a Xanax® rehab center in Palm Springs offering substance abuse treatment programs that allow patients to focus on recovery. Call 760.548.4032 to find out how the Xanax® addiction treatment program in Palm Springs can help you or your loved one.
How Xanax® Addiction Begins
Xanax® belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Xanax® is a short-acting drug that can quickly slow down the transmission of chemicals in your brain that cause agitation and anxiety. After Xanax® use, you may begin to feel the effects of the drug within one to two hours. The medication’s rapid action can make it an effective way to stop a panic attack or help you relax, but it also increases the drug’s abuse potential.
Xanax® is usually safe when taken under a doctor’s supervision. However, the medication can be habit-forming when you take more than the prescribed dose or take it too frequently. People may take more Xanax® than is recommended for the following reasons:
- The prescribed dose does not provide adequate relief
- They don’t follow up with their doctor
- The medication is taken without a prescription
- Xanax® is used in combination with alcohol or another drug that impairs judgment
There’s a common misconception that because Xanax® is a prescription drug, it must be safer and less addictive than street drugs like heroin, meth, or cocaine. The truth is that physical dependence is one of the most significant risks of benzodiazepine abuse. A Xanax® overdose can cause severe central nervous system depression and slow your breathing and heart rate. A Xanax® overdose can be fatal, especially if you take the medication with alcohol or other drugs.
How to Tell Whether or Not You Need Xanax® Rehab
Xanax® addiction may not be easy to recognize. You may need to use a benzodiazepine to manage a severe emotional disorder, control your seizures, or prevent muscle spasms. Watch out for these signs that your Xanax® abuse has gotten out of control and led to addiction:
- You consistently run out of your tablets before it’s time to renew your prescription
- You need higher doses of the drug to achieve the same level of anxiety relief
- You feel irritable, confused, or agitated when you don’t get your usual dose
Physical and psychological symptoms like memory loss, drowsiness, speech impairment, confusion, depression, and dizziness can also be signs of dependence on benzodiazepines. If you feel that you’ve come to rely on Xanax® to get through an average day, you might need a rehabilitation program to help you regain control of your life.
What to Expect from Xanax® Addiction Treatment
When you enter rehab, the first step is to clear the drug out of your body through detox. Once you’ve been through detoxification, you’ll need psychosocial support through self-help groups and counseling.
In a rehab program, you’ll also learn how to:
- Handle situations that trigger your substance abuse
- Correct negative thought patterns
- Identify activities that help you reduce stress
- Find alternative strategies for reacting to panic, anxiety, depression, and stress
Rehab specialists can also treat benzo addiction with medications like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anti-seizure drugs. These medications can help you manage your anxiety and reduce cravings for benzodiazepines. However, using these medications depends upon a patient’s customized treatment plan.
When Dual Diagnosis Treatment Is Needed
The fear of having a panic attack or a depressive episode can be a significant barrier to getting treatment. However, long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to psychological dependence on these drugs and affect your self-confidence. You may feel that you can’t handle the everyday stress of work, traffic, or family unless you have Xanax®.
Rehab alone will not help unless the underlying conditions that drive you to abuse this medication are treated, too. You can benefit from dual diagnosis treatment if the underlying conditions point to a diagnosis other than addiction. Your treatment plan should include therapy sessions that address your psychological symptoms and substance abuse.
Xanax® Addiction Treatment at Michael's House
Admitting you can’t stop drug use is the first step in your recovery. At Michael’s House, a Xanax® rehab center in Palm Springs, the staff understands that Xanax® abuse is often connected with a mental health condition like PTSD or clinical depression. They work with each patient to create customized addiction treatment plans to meet each individual’s specific needs. Once you decide to seek treatment, please call us at 760.548.4032 to learn more about the Xanax® addiction treatment programs in Palm Springs.