Xanax Addiction

Xanax Addiction

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About Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a fast-acting Benzodiazepine; its prescription name is Alprazolam. Xanax is usually prescribed by doctors to treat cases of anxiety and panic disorders, but it is one of the most popular drugs of abuse, second only to the opiates. Being a prescription drug, people may become addicted to it without their knowledge.

When someone is unable to obtain Xanax by conventional methods, they may turn to illegal means to get the desired dose. If the drug is suddenly stopped, there are chances of serious physical injuries in the form of severe seizures and convulsions. Xanax overdose becomes a serious possibility when combined with other depressants or alcohol.

Effects of Xanax Addiction

Despite being a prescription drug, Xanax has some undesirable effects if taken more than prescribed by the doctor. But the effects of Xanax addiction go beyond physical symptoms, affecting one’s social and personal life. Xanax is a central nervous system depressant which impacts one’s physical and mental health severely. Here are some of the most commonly seen effects of Xanax addiction:

  • Stomach problems like nausea or vomiting
  • Sight problems like blurred or double vision
  • Memory problems like amnesia or forgetfulness
  • Attention problems like lack of focus or confusion
  • Muscle control problems like lack of coordination and tremors
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation

Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

Despite being a prescription drug, addiction to Xanax has several negative impacts on an individual. People build up tolerance to this drug, and their consumption may increase drastically. For example, a CNN report on Michael Jackson’s death stated that before he died he was taking ten Xanax a night, which was a reduction from his earlier consumption of 30 – 40 Xanax a night. To prevent this from happening to you or your loved one, it is necessary to know the signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction. Some of the symptoms during the various stages of addiction are as follows:

Moderate Symptoms:
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Lack of focus
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Tremors
  • Confusion

Serious Symptoms:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest pain
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements
  • Seizures
  • Hyperactivity

Withdrawal Symptoms of Xanax

The withdrawal symptoms of Xanax depends on the dosage, duration, and frequency of the drug’s use. It usually takes one week for the body to expel Xanax completely, and proper medical attention is of utmost importance to ensure safe and proper detoxification. Here are some of the primary Xanax withdrawal symptoms one may look out for:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension
  • Paresthesias or numbness/tingling in the extremities
  • Digestive upset
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

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How Akua Can be Helpful

Xanax withdrawal can be very painful and without proper medical supervision it may be very difficult to cope with. However, with the help of proper Xanax detox it is possible to overcome the addiction. At Akua, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat their addiction. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes Akua one of the best Xanax addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Detox from Xanax
Integrated Detox Program

Xanax detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • 24 hour supervision
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Psychiatric and nursing support
    • Group and individual counseling and therapy
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
Residential Program

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Xanax Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Transportation and housing provided