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What Treatment is Available for Xanax Addiction?

Addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepine medications is currently one of our countries most overlooked addictions because they are doctor prescribed. Although Xanax can be bought on the street, most people who become addicted initially obtain a prescription from their doctor. The drug Xanax is classified as a central nervous system depressant. CNS depressants are especially dangerous because they can cause accidental overdose and severe life-threatening withdrawal symptoms when abused.

Why is Xanax Addiction Dangerous?

People who have become addicted to Xanax should never attempt to detox alone. To first address Xanax addiction, the person must first be admitted into a medically supervised Xanax detox. Without medical care, Xanax withdrawal symptoms are likely to cause a grand-mal seizure and can cause numerous medical emergencies. Evoke Wellness in Massachusetts provides medical detox that reduces the amount of Xanax slowly to ensure the patient’s safety. In addition, we offer comprehensive medical, psychiatric, and emotional support during and after detox and treatment.  

How To Identify If My Loved One Is Addicted to Xanax?

Xanax causes addiction to occur in a relatively short amount of time (2-4 months). One strong indicator of addiction to Xanax is when a person sees more than one doctor obtain more Xanax. Physical signs of Xanax addiction will be witnessing the person more lethargic and out of it like drinking alcohol. Other symptoms will include:

  • Problems with memory and misplacing objects (keys, cellphones)
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Presence of withdrawal symptoms

What Are Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms?

When a person does not keep a continuous stream of Xanax in their system, they will go into Xanax withdrawals, usually within 8 to 10 hours from the last dose, or for some severe addicts, within 4 hours or less. Xanax withdrawals are tricky became they will mirror the exact symptoms the person is trying to control by taking Xanax. This means if the individual is nervous without Xanax, they will feel intense anxiety. If they notice their body is tense and use Xanax to relax, they will feel a surge of stress. The most common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Sweating or excessive perspiration
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vivid hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts

What Treatment is Available for Xanax Addiction?

Evoke Wellness in Massachusetts relies on evidence-based types of therapy and treatment for Xanax addiction. Evidence-based forms of therapy are proven to help Xanax addicts recover and remain in recovery long term. They include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and other data-driven behavioral therapy methods. Our Xanax treatment program provides one-on-one counseling, holistic therapy, expert-led small groups, and regular psychiatric assessments. We offer inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, extended care, and sober living environments. In addition, we start all patients in the medically supervised Xanax detox before entry to their personalized treatment program.

Why Do Medical Doctors Insist on Medically Supervised Xanax Detox before Treatment?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that Xanax and other CNS prescription medications are more difficult to stop using than other drugs. In addition, Xanax causes physical withdrawal symptoms that require medical supervision.

Those who have become addicted to a prescription CNS depressants [Xanax] and stop using the drug abruptly may experience withdrawal symptoms which can begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken—include seizures, shakiness, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, overactive reflexes, increased heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature with sweating, hallucinations, severe cravings. People addicted to prescription CNS depressants should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be severe and—in the case of certain medications-potentially life-threatening (NIDA)

Call Now for Priority Admission to The Xanax Treatment Program

Xanax addiction is very hard to endure. Not only must the person use Xanax all the time, but they are also putting their lives at risk as Xanax takes a toll on the brain and neurological functioning. The first step in entering Evoke Wellness at Cohasset Xanax treatment starts with a brief phone call to one of our addiction recovery specialists. Then, our specialists will make all the arrangements for your family member to enter a treatment program the same day or within 24 hours. Chat or email for more information.