Xanax Addiction Treatment

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a person talks to a therapist in a xanax addiction treatment programXanax—also known as alprazolam—is a medication commonly prescribed for the management of anxiety. As part of the benzodiazepine family (colloquially known as “benzos”), Xanax is in the same medication category as Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan. It is possible for people to develop an addiction, particularly when high doses are taken for long periods. This class of medication works by elevating the levels of GABA in your nervous system, which creates a calming effect. Low levels of GABA can lead to heightened feelings of anxiety and unease.

The drug is highly addictive as well. What’s worse, benzos like Xanax can be especially dangerous to try and quit once someone becomes hooked on them. A Xanax addiction treatment program like the one at our New Jersey rehab center can help manage withdrawal symptoms and promote sobriety. Call 888.292.9652 to learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs.

What Conditions Can Xanax Treat?

Xanax is prescribed for a number of conditions, most commonly anxiety. However, your doctor may prescribe Xanax for a large number of conditions besides anxiety, such as:

  • Mania
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Seizures
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Agitation
  • Muscle spasms

Overview of Xanax Addiction

Most people appropriately taking Xanax for anxiety do not develop an addiction to the medication. However, all people taking Xanax regularly will build up a tolerance and need to take higher dosages to get the same tranquilizing effect. Rather than discussing dosage and effectiveness issues with their doctors, some people begin to misuse the medication, taking it more regularly than prescribed, taking multiple pills at the same time for a stronger sedative effect, or mixing it with alcohol. This kind of misuse can lead to physical addiction, even in the most unexpected and straitlaced individuals.

Addiction to Xanax can also occur when it’s taken as a party drug or used without a prescription for relaxation, both of which are unfortunately common among college students. If a person is taking a significant amount at parties or uses it regularly to “chill out,” an addiction can form relatively quickly.

Signs and Symptoms of a Xanax Addiction

In some cases, addiction changes a person’s behaviors and appearance so significantly that the problem is relatively obvious. Unfortunately, addiction can also be so well hidden that it goes completely unrecognized for years.

Behavioral Signs of Xanax Addiction

If you’re uncertain whether your or a loved one’s use of Xanax constitutes an addiction, consider the following common behavioral signs and symptoms:

  • Issues at work or school (lateness, absence, serious mistakes) – People struggling with Xanax addiction can easily slip into unhealthy patterns. When the addiction takes over their lives, they often have trouble concentrating on important tasks and may even skip to find and use the drug. These issues can add up over time, causing disciplinary issues and may even lead to getting fired or expelled.
  • Deteriorating relationships – People with a Xanax addiction often become isolated, avoiding loved ones and social events. Additionally, they may display behavior that is out of character or even violent while under the influence of Xanax.
    Lethargic behavior – Constant use of Xanax can lead to changes in physical activity and energy levels. People with an addiction may display signs of fatigue, sleep for prolonged periods, or be unable to perform basic tasks without difficulty.
  • Appearance changes – People with a Xanax addiction may stop taking care of themselves, resulting in changes to their personal hygiene and physical appearance.

Although some of these symptoms are relatively vague and can be present for a variety of reasons, multiple symptoms should be a red flag (especially if you know the individual has access to Xanax).

Physical Signs of Addiction

Signs of Xanax addiction may also show through other means as well, not just behavioral changes. Other symptoms of Xanax addiction include:

  • Needing a higher dosage for the same desired effect – When someone’s body has built up a tolerance to the drug, it often requires larger doses for the same effect. At this stage, physical dependence is likely, and a potential addiction should be evaluated more closely.
  • Attempting to get Xanax without a prescription – Individuals who attempt to purchase Xanax illegally are more likely to be dependent on the drug.
  • Xanax withdrawal symptoms – If someone has been using Xanax for an extended period and suddenly stops, they may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms like increased anxiety, muscle aches, and nausea.
  • Taking Xanax beyond the prescription limits – If the individual is taking larger amounts of Xanax than prescribed or for longer periods, there is a good chance they are addicted.

If you or your loved one is exhibiting symptoms and behaviors like these, it’s time to contact the professional Xanax addiction treatment program at BlueCrest Recovery Center in New Jersey for help.

Break Free from Addiction with Our New Jersey Xanax Rehab Program

At BlueCrest Recovery Center, we help individuals struggling in New Jersey with Xanax addiction regain control of their lives. If you aren’t sure whether an inpatient stay is necessary, we have a solution. Our flexible non-intensive and intensive treatment programs allow clients to receive thorough treatment without taking time away from responsibilities like work or school.

Overcome your dependence in our Xanax addiction treatment program in New Jersey. Contact us today at 888.292.9652 to get started.

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Yes, all information provided is kept confidential and once engaged in treatment; all aspects of treatment are confidential unless otherwise noted by a signed release of information.

We accept most major private insurances. If you do not have insurance, private pay options can be discussed.

At BlueCrest Recovery Center, you will receive a comprehensive multifaceted approach to treatment that includes both group therapy sessions and individual one-on-one therapy sessions based on your unique needs.

Yes, we offer both family support and education groups run by a licensed clinician as well as individual family sessions. Every family and every person is unique, our clinicians will work with you to determine the best approach to healing for yourself and your family.

BlueCrest Recovery Center will conduct an assessment, or level of care evaluation. The goal is to determine the appropriate level of care to meet the client’s individual needs and to provide a recommendation.

Yes, in fact clients with co-occurring illnesses tend to be very successful in our program. Every client that comes to BlueCrest receives a comprehensive psychological evaluation to determine what specific mental health needs they have. From there, a personalized treatment plan that addresses both the substance use and mental health concerns.

BlueCrest Recovery adheres to the highest treatment standards established by its accrediting agencies. BlueCrest is currently accredited by Joint Commission and   The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities also known as CARF. These governing agencies certify that our services are consistently meeting rigorous treatment standards and to ensure the highest quality of care is always being provided.

Group schedules for all treatment days are outlined by a clinical curriculum that integrates a multitude of the treatment modalities we offer. Our therapists will conduct weekly individual sessions with each client. These one-on-one sessions most often occurs during treatment hours in lieu of a group session. BlueCrest’s clinical schedule offers comprehensive and diverse therapeutic approaches including, among many others, process (discussion) group, 12-step education/didactic groups, yoga and meditation sessions and life skills training.

Transitioning from treatment to independent living is a common relapse trigger. BlueCrest’s multiple levels of care are intended to gradually “step-down” clinical structure as clients build independence and grow their 12-step program. Clinicians and our Case Manager will assist in making any necessary aftercare referrals for continued care including but not limited to psychiatrists, doctors and therapists.