Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine medication that the FDA first approved in 1981. Also referred to as “xans” or “xannies,” Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam, a benzodiazepine. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax can also treat other conditions, such as insomnia, muscle spasms, and alcohol withdrawal.
The withdrawal effects of Xanax can be severe and can include:
If you or someone you know is addicted to Xanax, treatment options are available. Treatment typically involves a combination of medication and therapy. Medication may be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Therapy can help address any underlying mental health issues contributing to the addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Xanax, please get help as soon as possible. Many resources are available to those struggling with addiction, including hotlines, support groups, and treatment facilities. Getting help is the first step on the road to recovery.
Physical dependence on a substance occurs when the body becomes used to the presence of the drug and starts to experience withdrawal symptoms when it is removed. Withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, sweating, tremors, and nausea. Psychological dependence occurs when a person feels that they need to use a substance in order to cope with their everyday life.
Xanax addiction can occur because the drug is so effective at reducing anxiety and panic. This can lead people to take larger doses than prescribed or take the medication more often than they should. Over time, this can lead to physical and psychological dependence on Xanax.
The treatment options for Xanax addiction include:
- Detox: Detox is usually the first step in the addiction recovery process. Through medical help, detox removes the toxins in the body built up from substance abuse.
- Dual Diagnosis: Dual diagnosis is a form of treatment to help those with a co-occurring disorder or a combination of substance abuse and mental health disorder.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment: Medications can be offered to help those struggling with withdrawal symptoms and pre-existing conditions during addiction treatment.
- Inpatient treatment: This type of treatment is typically reserved for people with severe addictions. Inpatient treatment involves staying at a residential facility where you will receive 24-hour care.
- Outpatient treatment: Outpatient treatment is a good option for people with less severe addictions. With outpatient treatment, you live at home and go to the treatment facility for therapy and counseling sessions.
- 12-step programs: These programs are based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model and can be helpful for people who are struggling with addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Xanax addiction, there is help available. Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the addiction, but there are options out there that can help. Achieve Wellness and Recovery is determined to be there for you when you need support. Xanax addiction can rob you of the best moments of your life and those around you. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, contact us today at 833-680-0142.
Medically Reviewed By
Nicole Rettino-Lambert LCSW, LCADC, CCS, CCTP, CSTIP
Nicole Rettino-Lambert is a dually licensed clinician with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both addiction treatment and mental health treatment. Along with extensive experience in clinical work, she has held leadership roles in both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatments centers in New Jersey. Throughout her various leadership positions, Rettino-Lambert has developed clinical programming, assisted staff in their growth and development in the clinical field, and had the privilege of helping numerous individuals on their path to recovery.