Rehab Is A Phone Call Away
(772) 882-3621

Xanax Abuse and Addiction Treatment in Fort Pierce, FL (772) 882-3621

Xanax is a drug that belongs to the benzodiazepine family. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that work by enhancing the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter that slows down activity in the brain to produce a calming effect.

Xanax, which is known on the street as Z-bars, Zannies, and Zanbars, is used to treat anxiety and panic disorder, and although it’s designed to be used for the short-term, many physicians over-prescribe it, and that’s one of the factors that has led to widespread Xanax abuse in the U.S.

Xanax abuse is characterized by using the drug for non-medical reasons or by using it other than as prescribed by a physician. Xanax abuse can cause serious physical and mental health problems, and it can quickly lead to addiction. Xanax abuse and addiction typically require professional treatment for successful recovery.

If you have questions about rehabilitation call Drug Treatment Centers Fort Pierce now at (772) 882-3621.

Why is Xanax So Addictive?

Although Xanax is listed as a Schedule IV drug by the U.S. government, which means it’s not as addictive as drugs in the previous three schedules, it’s one of the most common prescription drugs of abuse and addiction. This is due in part to three major factors:

  • Xanax is a short-acting drug that takes effect within 20 minutes, with its peak effects occurring around an hour after taking it.
  • Xanax has a short half-life, which means that it’s metabolized quickly, and those who abuse it often begin craving more within a few hours.
  • After just a few weeks of using Xanax, the drug begins to reduce the production of GABA, and users will require more of the drug to get the desired effects. When the drug is discontinued, the reduced GABA levels may cause serious anxiety and dangerous shifts in body functioning during withdrawal.

Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Abuse

Side effects of taking Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness.
  • Headache.
  • Light-headedness.
  • Nausea.
  • Difficulty concentrating.

The chronic abuse of Xanax and other benzodiazepines like Valium and Klonopin may cause physical and mental health problems that include:

  • Depression.
  • Psychotic episodes.
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive behaviors.
  • Delirium.
  • Memory and processing problems.

Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addition or Abuse

Signs are objective indicators of abuse or addiction to Xanax that others may notice, such as coordination problems. Symptoms are subjective indicators that the person who is addicted may feel. Signs and symptoms of Xanax abuse include:

  • Mood symptoms like depression, anxiety, agitation, and mood swings.
  • Neglecting responsibilities.
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed, or taking Xanax for non-medical reasons.
  • Stealing, forging, or “losing” prescriptions, or getting prescriptions from more than one doctor.
  • Physical symptoms like the swelling of hands and feet, gastrointestinal problems, vision problems, an abnormal heartbeat, tremors, and seizures.
  • Psychological symptoms like hallucinations, memory problems, disorientation, and confusion.

Treating Xanax Dependence or Intense Abuse

The first step in any drug treatment program is medical detoxification. Because there are no medications approved to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax detox, and because quitting Xanax and other benzodiazepines “cold turkey” can be dangerous or even fatal, detox for Xanax involves tapering off the doses over a period of time to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin include:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behaviors.
  • Sweating.
  • Interrupted sleep.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Tingling in extremities.
  • Seizures.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

Treatment therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group counseling, and family therapy are used to treat the more complex psychological addiction to Xanax, including underlying issues, co-occurring disorders, and co-existing or secondary addictions like gambling, eating disorders, and sex. These therapies help patients become more self-aware about harmful thoughts and behaviors and learn to replace them with healthy ways of thinking and behaving.

After the successful completion of treatment, an individualized aftercare program is implemented to help prevent relapse and promote long-term abstinence. Call Drug Treatment Centers Fort Pierce 24/7 helpline now to get the recovery tools you deserve. (772) 882-3621

Most Major Insurances Accepted

We make the insurance verification process easy so you can begin the journey to recovery quickly and safe. 100% Confidential

Live Chat