A Guide to Xanax Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Xanax is prescribed for the short-term (less than 4 months) treatment of anxiety, insomnia and seizures, this is due to the high potential for Xanax to be abused, leading to addiction.
If you or someone you love has developed an unhealthy relationship with Xanax, you may feel hopeless and like there is no end to the addiction cycle. Understanding how addiction starts, its causes and knowing there is always help available to assist you in recovery, begins here:
Understanding Xanax Addiction
Xanax increases the dopamine levels in the reward centre of your brain, this increase happens no matter how many times you take Xanax, but as your tolerance levels rise, so too does the need to take more Xanax than prescribed.
Addiction to Xanax often occurs in conjunction with the abuse of another substance, Xanax enhances the euphoric effects of opioids (incl methadone), helps alleviate withdrawal and abstinence syndromes (such as between heroin ‘fixes’), tempers the high from cocaine and augments alcohol effects.
This type of abuse is known as poly-drug abuse and takes a multi-pronged treatment plan to guide you through withdrawal, rehabilitation and recovery.
If you would like to learn more about residential rehab or would like to speak to an expert regarding the different treatment centres here in the UK, please give us a call.
Recognising the Signs of Xanax Abuse
Generally, at normal prescribed doses, Xanax is well tolerated by your body, there may be increased drowsiness or dizziness. At higher doses, these effects are more pronounced. Chronic abuse can also include changes in your appearance, behaviour and performance, as well as:
With children and teens warning signs will be evident with abrupt mood changes and poor school performance (Benzodiazepine Abuse Overview)
Why Xanax Addiction Treatment is Important
Long-term misuse, abuse and addiction to Xanax has shown a marked decrease in cognitive function (A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse, and Withdrawal) up to 6 months after stopping use.
Due to its fast-acting effects, Xanax can also induce:
- Profound confusion.
- Severe coordination problems or loss of balance.
- Severe drowsiness and an inability to stay awake.
- Significantly slowed breathing.
- Loss of consciousness.
How does Residential Rehab Work for Xanax?
Substance use disorder is of great concern to medical and mental health professionals. Scientific research on addiction treatment has helped drug rehab facilities develop highly effective therapeutic techniques for helping patients overcome addiction to Xanax and other drugs.
Residential rehabilitation involves living at a Residential Rehabilitation Facility for the duration of the treatment programme, which typically lasts 30 days (or more, if needed), depending on the severity of your addiction to Xanax
Detox & Rehabilitative Therapy
Withdrawal from Xanax may produce more severe and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms than other benzodiazepines: (A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse, and Withdrawal)
A tapering off approach may be easier for your body and mind to acclimatise to not receiving Xanax, this will need to be supervised by your doctor while in treatment and will be done in conjunction with a well-rounded treatment programme that looks at your entire person, mentally, emotionally and physically :
You may feel you have reached ‘rock bottom’, and receiving treatment at a residential facility will help you identify the triggers, stressors, underlying causes of why you are dependent on Xanax, and then give you the coping skills to avoid being triggered and lower your need for Xanax.
Aftercare & Family Support
Rehabilitation is only the first phase of your recovery and healing from addiction, having long-term involvement in therapy and with support groups such as:
- Narcotics Anonymous (UKNA | Narcotics Anonymous in the UK) or call them on 0300 999 1212)
- Involve your family in your therapy, and give them options to join support groups that are dedicated to helping families, friends and loved ones of addicts:
- SMART recovery UK (Self-Help Addiction Recovery | UK Smart Recovery) will be able to assist you through their 4 point programme.
Secondary treatment – either whilst still a client in the treatment centre you choose or as an outpatient, secondary treatment assists with reintegration into your environment as therapy is continued to address any further underlying issues you may have.
(Rehab for Treating Addiction)
Inpatient VS Outpatient Services
Poor motivation is usually an indicator that a residential rehabilitation programme may be a good option. A lack of motivation may be the result of depression and anxiety, or the fear of withdrawal sickness upon quitting.
A private rehabilitation centre is best suited to:
- address and treat a dual diagnosis,
- medically assist with detox and withdrawal
- provide aftercare service to help you maintain your sobriety.
There is addiction treatment offered by the NHS (Find Drug addiction support services), unfortunately, there are long waiting lists and you may not receive the same focused treatment you would in a private facility.
As the prescribing doctor, your private GP may offer some guidance, depending on the severity of your addiction, and be able to help you with dosage tapering.
Choosing a Rehab Centre
A rehab centre that best suits your individual needs, the severity of addiction and offers the best treatment plan for you takes some consideration:
- Where are they located? Being away from your environment may be more beneficial with less temptation
- Do they have a decent CQC rating? All residential treatment centres in the UK are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (What we do | Care Quality Commission),
- Is the treatment team credible, certified and experienced in dealing with Xanax addiction?
- Does the centre offer a treatment program that you like? different treatment centres utilise different therapeutic models:
- Medical – Does the treatment centre offer medical assistance to aid your recovery? Can the centre provide medication to assist with your withdrawal?
There is a wide range of treatment facilities available throughout the UK and we can assist in finding the best fit for you.
Types of Behavioural Therapies for Treating Addiction
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
CBT – helps you to recognise your reactions to environmental and emotional stresses by focusing on learning new ways to cope with the stresses and triggers (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Definition, Types, Techniques, Efficiency)
Dialectical behaviour therapy:
DBT – Incorporates emotional regulation and mindfulness strategies whilst addressing thoughts and behaviours.
Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT):
identifies irrational beliefs and teaches you to recognise and change these thought patterns.
Also known as Combination Therapy, where a dual diagnosis is made (mix of mental health issues and substance abuse) just treating the addiction is not enough, your mental health also requires treatment to prevent relapse. (Multimodal Therapy: Overview of Principles, Barriers, and Opportunities)
Secondary Addiction Treatment
Once your initial treatment (generally a 28-day inpatient programme) has been completed, the need for ongoing support for your life in recovery.
This is where the Secondary Addiction Care Service offered by The Priory can assist you with:
- Reintegration back into your daily life
- Relapse prevention
- Reestablishing a support network within your community and family
- Continuation of therapy
- Rebuilding your daily life skills
Secondary Addiction Post Treatment Services
Paying for Treatment
Some private insurance providers do cover addiction treatment, if you have health insurance, you will need to check what costs are covered and if you will be liable for a copayment. If you are going private with no insurance a payment plan will have to be made, generally, a deposit will be asked for with payment over a couple of instalments the final one being on discharge.
For more information on the options available to you, please contact us.
Before Attending Rehab
Whilst addiction may seem hopeless and like you have been stripped of choices in your life, how and where you receive treatment, is always your choice.
Make sure you are committed to treatment
Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient treatment programme through a treatment centre, payments are generally non-refundable if you leave before completion.
Making sure you are ready to commit to your treatment is very important.
Speak to your GP about medication alternatives
As your prescribing physician, your GP should be consulted about medication alternatives to Xanax. And since your treatment may include tapering off of doses, your GP will be suited to monitor those doses over the period needed.
Talk to the treatment centre if your circumstances have changed:
- Your substance use disorder involves more than Xanax (polydrug use)
- Your support structure has broken down
Or any other issues that may mean an adjustment to your treatment programme
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