People around the country take Xanax every day to combat anxiety and stress. Doctors prescribe Xanax for short-term anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Unfortunately, like other benzos, taking Xanax long-term or abusing a prescription can cause physical, emotional, and mental side effects. Like many other prescription drugs, Xanax can be highly addictive. While it may provide short-term relief for a range of health problems, long-term use can lead to addiction and worsening mental health. At Lotus Recovery Centers, our addiction treatment programs in Delaware provide clients with comprehensive Xanax rehab for long-term sobriety.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Xanax or other benzos, Lotus Recovery Centers offers Xanax addiction treatment program that can help. Learn more today by calling us at 833.922.1615 to get started.
What Is Xanax?
Like other benzos, Xanax works by slowing down the brain’s processing speed. By releasing high levels of GABA and dopamine, Xanax slows down the nervous system and promotes calm. The brain naturally makes both GABA and dopamine, but diet, stress, co-occurring disorders, and unprocessed trauma can all affect someone’s GABA and dopamine production. When someone takes Xanax, their brain floods with GABA and dopamine, allowing them to sleep and avoid anxiety or panic attacks. Unfortunately, when a substance provides the brain with these chemicals, it will stop producing them on its own. This means that prolonged use of Xanax will cause low natural levels of both chemicals. This results in Xanax dependence and addiction.
Am I Addicted to Xanax?
Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are the first sign of Xanax addiction. When the brain and body become dependent on Xanax a person craves more Xanax. Like other drugs, the more often someone takes Xanax, the more they may need to feel the same effects. This often leads to drug mixing or drinking while on Xanax.
During withdrawal, someone may experience irrational thoughts and feel they cannot survive without more Xanax. This is the brain’s natural reaction to chemical dependence. It is also best managed with medical and psychiatric intervention. Because Xanax slows processing speed, it can affect how a person perceives and understands the world. Signs of Xanax abuse and addiction include:
- Trouble understanding language
- Difficulty following conversations.
- Memory loss
- Loss of language skills and reading comprehension
One of the most severe signs of Xanax addiction and the dangers of long-term use is a change in spatial understanding. This means people can struggle to understand objects in space and their reality. This can lead to reckless behavior and self-harm.
Stopping Xanax or other benzos cold turkey will cause a rebound effect. This means symptoms like anxiety and insomnia will return and worsen. For many people, this can make it especially hard to stop taking Xanax without medical intervention. That’s why the team at Lotus Recovery Centers is here to help.
The Biggest Benefits of Xanax Addiction Treatment Programs
When people first develop an addiction to Xanax, they may not think it’s a big deal. After all, it is a legal, prescribed medication. However, as your addiction progresses, it will become more and more difficult to hide. You may start to experience negative consequences at work, at home, and in your social life. You may even find yourself in legal trouble. If you’re struggling with an addiction to Xanax, here are five benefits of our Xanax addiction treatment programs:
- Safe detox – When you first come to our facility, you’ll go through a medically supervised detox. This will help you safely and comfortably withdrawal from Xanax and other substances.
- Individualized treatment – We know that no two people are the same, so we individualize each person’s treatment plan. We’ll take into account your unique history, needs, and goals to create a plan that’s right for you.
- Holistic treatment – We believe in treating the whole person, not just the addiction. We offer a variety of holistic therapies to help you heal your mind, body, and soul.
- Aftercare planning – We know that the journey doesn’t end when you leave our facility. We’ll help you develop a plan for continued care and recovery after you leave.
- Family involvement – We believe that family involvement is crucial to the recovery process. We offer family therapy and support to help you heal your relationships.
Find Hope and Healing at Lotus Recovery Centers
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to Xanax, we can help. At Lotus Recovery Centers, we offer a variety of treatment programs to meet your needs. Reach out to our team at 833.922.1615 to learn more.