Xanax Addiction

Xanax addiction is especially dangerous because it often begins with a prescription from a doctor. Addiction to Xanax is a common side-effect of the prescription drug Alprazolam. The drug is a central nervous system depressant and addiction often occurs when the drug is abused beyond its prescribed purposes. Used to treat many disorders from anxiety to stress, Xanax abuse results in the overuse of the drug to suppress unwanted feelings. Whether the drug is taken every night to fall asleep or continually throughout the day to remain calm, Xanax addiction progresses quickly and has become a serious health problem for many people.

Xanax is the brand name for Alprazolam which produces a calming effect on the brain by literally slowing it down. The Xanax user might experience a drowsy feeling during the first few days until the body builds up a tolerance to the drug. This is an important factor of Xanax addiction because it is this tolerance that allows the user to take more and more of the drug to feel the same effects. Those with a Xanax addiction seek the drowsy feeling with a much higher intensity than normal people. The brain in those with a Xanax addiction associates Xanax with reward and stimulates pleasure centers that give the user feelings of euphoria that normal users do not experience.

With the increasing use and tolerance, consequences soon begin to emerge. Soon the single prescription from the family doctor is not enough to satisfy the user and those with an addiction to Xanax may seek other doctors for additional prescriptions. It is not unusual for individuals with serious Xanax addiction to be juggling five, ten or sometimes even more doctors, getting prescriptions from each of them. Clearly the cost of this adds up quickly and the user might resort to crime to satisfy their addiction. Fraudulent prescriptions, theft of prescription pads and bogus phone calls to pharmacies are a national problem.

The wife/mother/father/waitress/truck driver/lawyer/executive who began taking Xanax on the advice of their doctor to relieve tension and stress does not do so with the knowledge that a few months from now they might be committing forgery or buying Xanax off the black market on the street. Xanax addiction slowly consumes the user in such a way that no amount of self-will and desire can halt the process on its own. Those with a Xanax addiction have developed a medical condition in which the brain and body are altered. This condition is progressive and if not treated, Xanax addiction can be fatal.

When the body and mind build up a tolerance that allows or could be said, requires that 5, 15, 20, or even 80 pills must be taken on a given day to feel "normal" that is Xanax addiction. At this point it is not even safe to just stop on your own. Physical dependence is well established and the withdrawal effects could be deadly. Brain seizures occur as the brain goes from being suppressed into hyperactivity when the Xanax is removed. This is why Xanax addiction treatment should always be done at a Xanax rehab center staffed with medical doctors and medical equipment.

Give Recovery Now TV a call today for a private consultation about you or a loved one's Xanax addiction. We can help if you want help and we can help if the user is unwilling in the beginning. Call us today to reclaim the life you want.

Choosing a Facility

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Facility for Xanax Addiction Rehab

If this is your first time seeking xanax rehab for yourself or a loved one, it would be helpful to know which questions to ask when searching for possible programs. RecoveryNowTV.com will guide you in making the most appropriate decision based on your individual needs.

When researching xanax recovery programs, consider the questions below to help guide you to making the most appropriate decision for treatment:

  1. Will the facility work with your health insurance company? If you have health insurance, please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to access the complete Insurance Guidance Information page.
  2. Where is the facility located? Oftentimes rehab treatment centers will urge you to travel out of your area to receive treatment. Consider the list of pros and cons below for traveling out of the area for treatment.

    Treatment out of the area-

    • PRO - Getting out of the area for xanax rehab will help an addict to focus on themselves rather than their familiar surroundings.
    • PRO - Going out of the area for xanax addiction rehab creates a mindset where a client is taking a journey for their recovery.
    • PRO - If the going gets tough in treatment, a distance between the home and the drug treatment facility might affect a person's decision to not give up and to stay in treatment.
    • CON - Going to a xanax recovery program out of the area puts distance between you and your loved ones. Most treatment programs offer a family component and a long distance could make it difficult for supportive family and friends to participate in the treatment program.
    • CON - Going to a xanax recovery program out of the area might make it difficult to return to the home environment. If you choose to go out of the area for treatment, it is crucial to make sure that the treatment facility has a discharge planning process which includes assistance in finding outpatient and Twelve Step Support systems for when you return home.
  3. What governing body is the treatment facility licensed through? All xanax recovery programs providing therapeutic services and treatment planning, must be licensed by a State governing body. If one of the facilities that you are considering is NOT part of the RecoveryNowTV network, then you will need to make sure that the facility is licensed through the state.
  4. Is the facility accredited? If so, what is the accreditation agency governing the facility? Accreditation is a true sign of a quality and safety assurance plan for a facility. While accreditation is not mandatory for a facility, it does provide a higher level of standards for a facility to adhere to. The two major accrediting bodies are The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and Commission on Accreditation of Addiction recovery Facilities (CARF). Both accrediting organizations ensure that the facility actively participates in rigorous quality and safety improvement protocols.
  5. What does a typical day entail? Ask the xanax rehab facility go through the daily schedule and feel free to ask questions of each item on the schedule. This will give you an understanding of all of the services offered. This will allow you to take full advantage of the treatment protocols being offered.
  6. What is the price of the treatment? Are there additional costs over and above the stated cost? Is there a daily rate? Is there an early termination policy?
  7. Is there an extended care program? When searching for a xanax rehab center, if time and your schedule permits, it is recommended that you enter an extended care program or a structured sober living environment. This will ensure that the re-entry back into daily living is a safe transition. Many programs offer a step-down or sober living program which includes mandatory Twelve Step participation, curfews, and drug testing.
  8. Is there a program in place for relapse? It is important to know if the xanax addiction recovery program will support you during a relapse. Many programs have relapse prevention or a refresher course in case of a relapse. Although many people do not want to consider readmitting to a treatment facility, it is important to know that your treatment program will support you if you have a relapse.

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