Xanax Rehab in Arizona
Overcome Xanax Addiction with Decision Point Center
Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine drugs. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most addictive. Used to treat stress, panic disorders, insomnia, and anxiety, Xanax unwinds the muscles and creates feelings of relaxation and euphoria.
When Xanax users experience these enjoyable sensations, they may start to crave the drug. Xanax addiction happens fast. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, benzodiazepine addiction can form within 6 weeks and 4 out of 10 users become addicted.
How Xanax Works
Xanax affects the brain and central nervous system by boosting a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). When GABA is released, you may feel calmer and more relaxed. Xanax is a fast-acting benzodiazepine, which means you will feel the effects of the drug with 1 to 2 hours. From there, the drug stays in your system for 12 to 15 hours. Xanax is the brand name of the drug alprazolam, which comes with a warning about drug abuse and dependence.
Dependence and Withdrawal
Long-term use of Xanax can lead to drug tolerance and dependence. If your body learns to tolerate Xanax, you will need to take more pills to achieve the relaxing and euphoric effects of the drug, and you may feel achy or miserable without it. People with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 or 30 pills per day to achieve the desired effects. Once their prescription runs out, they may seek the drug through illegal means.
Because your body gets used to Xanax, quitting may be especially difficult from a physical standpoint. If you stop taking Xanax “cold turkey,” or all at once, you may experience symptoms of physical dependence and withdrawal.
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include:
- Numbness and tingling (in the hands, feet, or face)
- Blurred vision
- Irritability and mood swings
- Aches and pains
- Tense muscles
- Hypersensitivity to light and sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nightmares and insomnia
- Suicidal thoughts
In some cases, Xanax withdrawal can cause tremors, seizures, and difficulty breathing. If convulsions occur, withdrawal can even be deadly.
To stop using Xanax safely, you will need to quit over time and/or seek medically assisted detox and rehabilitation.
At Decision Point Center, we can manage the effects of withdrawal and help you beat drug dependency. Call us at (844) 292-5010 to get started.
Behavioral Signs of Xanax Addiction
Not only does Xanax addiction affect your body, but it can also rewire your brain. People struggling with Xanax addiction may prioritize drug consumption over their loved ones and daily responsibilities.
You may be addicted to Xanax if you:
- Are less interested in activities you once enjoyed
- Find yourself spending less time with friends and family
- Are constantly thinking about your next dose
- Take more Xanax than you mean to in any given period
- Use more Xanax than your prescription allows
- Use Xanax without a prescription
- Inject or snort Xanax
- Take Xanax with other drugs or alcohol
- Take Xanax even though it is having negative effects on your life
- Obsess over getting and using Xanax
- Break the law to obtain Xanax
- Engage in risky behaviors while on Xanax
- Want to stop using Xanax but can’t
If you become addicted to Xanax, it is not your fault. Many providers prescribe Xanax for anxiety without addressing underlying issues and end up making the disorder worse. Further, addiction is a serious disease that affects your brain and body.
Although anyone can struggle with prescription drug addiction, it’s up to you to get help.
Call Decision Point Center Today
At our Arizona Xanax rehab center, we have been changing lives by providing effective drug addiction treatment since 2004. We offer skills and strategies to help you move forward from addiction and manage the disease throughout your life.
Take your first steps toward recovery today. Call us at (844) 292-5010 or request more information online.