About Xanax Addiction & Treatment
The Greenfield Center in Jacksonville, Florida sees patients that are abusing or addicted to Xanax. Xanax is a Benzodiazepine medication that is usually prescribed for anxiety and panic attacks. Xanax has become a drug of choice for many people suffering with addiction.
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What is Xanax?
Alprazolam | Xanax | Zanies | Planks | Footballs
Xanax has street names like “zanies”, “planks”, “bars”, and “footballs” and is given the clinical name Alprazolam. Many times individuals will abuse alcohol or pain pills with Xanax for some additional euphoria. Often we see people who combine alcohol with Xanax experience what is known as “blackouts”. This is a chemically induced amnesia where the person often cannot remember things they may have done under the influence. We frequently hear people driving under the influence of Xanax and alcohol and have no memory of how they got home. Needless to say, this is a very serious situation that needs to be addressed.
Mixing Xanax with Drugs & Alcohol
The combination of Xanax with pain pills such as OxyContin, Roxycontin, Hydrocodone and other pain medications is a dangerous life threatening combination. Both medications combined can shut down the auto respiratory system.
Effects of Xanax Abuse
Prolonged use of Xanax will result in a physical and psychological addiction. There are other Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Klonopin that have the same addictive qualities. Xanax and other Benzodiazepines can be used by individuals to escape the daily stressors of life. Many users have become dependent on Xanax that they believe they cannot function without it.
Like many other substances of abuse, those who are addicted to Xanax will need more and more of the drug to achieve the desired pleasure affect.
Getting Help for Xanax Addictions
Xanax is a highly addictive sedative. This drug should not be stopped abruptly.
Withdrawal symptoms include severe anxiety, depression, nausea and vomiting, irritability and the possibility of a seizure than can result in death.
Patients addicted to Xanax or other Benzodiazepines that want to get off the medication are referred out to a medical doctor. The physicians that we work with will medically supervise a safe titration off the medication. In some cases non-addictive medications are prescribed to the patient to curtail non-life threatening symptoms.
When treating patients who are addicted to Benzodiazepines, we insure that they are medically stabilized and capable of participating in treatment. The Greenfield Center’s staff employs a 12 Step approach with a specific focus on the patient’s underlying issues that can create severe anxiety and the need to abuse Xanax. Some of the most common underlying reasons we have discovered are depression, alcohol and other substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
Xanax Treatment & Rehabilitation
The treatment plan for individuals addicted to Xanax or other Benzodiazepines includes group and individual therapy. Families are asked to be involved in family group therapy.
Therapy is conducted in the evenings so that patients can carry on their lives without interruption or separation from family and friends.
Patients are encouraged to discuss issues in their lives that are causing or have caused upset in their lives. These issues often times are the cues that trigger feelings of anxiety and fear. This type of anxiety can lead people to abuse Xanax. It takes great courage to ask for help with an addiction. The staff at The Greenfield Center understands and we are here to help you help yourself and to place your addiction into remission.
It is so gratifying to see patients free themselves from the bonds of addiction and move forward with happy and productive lives. We are here to help you fight your drug and alcohol addictions. Call now! 904.389.3784