Alprazolam/ Xanax Detox
Treating anxiety with medication
‘Xanax’ or ‘Alprazolam’ in its generic form, part of the benzodiazepine family, is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, as well as seizures, insomnia, depression, nausea and vomiting. It works to increase the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which slows and calms the activity of the nerves in the brain.
There are many different types of anxiety and depression Xanax/Alprazolam can temporarily treat including:
- General anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Manic Depression
- Elderly Depression
- Endogenous Depression
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Chronic Depression
- Atypical Depression
- Melancholic Depression
Why Is Alprazolam/Xanax Prescribed?
People who suffer from anxiety or depression often feel sad, worthless, tense, anxious, scared, agitated, aggressive and suicidal. Xanax/Alprazolam is a fast-acting sedative that causes anxiolytic, hypnotic, muscle relaxant and anticonvulsant effects as well as relaxation, lethargy and drowsiness. As mentioned before, the chemicals in this substance work with the brain to induce nerve sensations.
Overtime, however, the benzodiazepine chemicals will disrupt the brain’s production of calm feelings. The brain will no longer produce the chemicals because the body is used to getting is from the Xanax/Alprazolam; therefore, those suffering from anxiety or depression will need to continually take their prescription to function normally. Additionally, the prolonged use of benzodiazepines will eventually lose its effects; meaning, after so much time, the body will become tolerant to the normal dose and will need more in order to feel the effects of Xanax/Alprazolam again. People will need to take more and at a more frequent rate which could lead to an accidental overdose or death.
Xanax/Alprazolam overuse can lead to:
- Depressed mood
- Suicidal thoughts
- Racing thoughts
- Increased energy
- Impulsive behavior
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Pounding heartbeat
- Slurred speech
- Lack of balance
- Memory problems
- Feeling more anxious than before
Benzodiazepines alone can be dangerous. Mixing Xanax/Alprazolam with other substances can be even more dangerous.
Effects of mixing these two substances include:
- Slowed or stopped breathing
- Slowed or stopped heartbeat
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Decreased reaction time
- Decreased alertness
- Decreased attention span
- Problems with making decisions
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Disruption in cognitive ability
Benzodiazepine (Xanax) Is Widely Used
Regardless of how negative the side effects of this substance are, there are over 50 million people who use it and other anxiety medications. In 2010 alone, over 6,000 people began abusing their prescriptions. In the same year, over 2 million people admitted that they use their prescriptions for non-medical use. There have been over 125,000 reported emergency room visits due to the medication and the numbers continue to rise every year.
Alprazolam and other benzodiazepines are frequently combined with other drugs by abusers; more than 50% of the nearly 176,000 emergency room visits for benzodiazepines in 2011 also involved alcohol or other drugs.
Since 1999, overdose deaths as a result of anxiety medications, have tripled compared to those who died from heroin and cocaine combined. More than 15,000 people overdose each month; that is over 40 deaths per day. Prescription drug abuse is a rampant problem, but with the help and support from treatment centers, family and friends, addiction can be treated and patients can learn the necessary tools to live a sober life.
Treatment Of Mental Health Disorders
How to treat anxiety naturally
Most people seek help from a psychiatrist first for their mental health disorders, which is not the wrong thing to do; however, they will most likely prescribe you with a medication like Xanax/Alprazolam. Taking a prescription is only a short-term treatment; it only numbs your pain temporarily. The best way to treat mental health disorders is with treatment.
A lot of people are scared to admit to addiction because they do not want to get in trouble with law or embarrass their loved ones. They may also be avoiding the withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping the use of benzodiazepines.
Alprazolam/Xanax Detox withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle spasms
- Suicidal thoughts
What Is It Like To Alprazolam/Xanax Detox?
Elevate Drug Treatment has seen many people try to wean themselves off of benzodiazepines. Some even attempt to Xanax detox alone. We do not recommend anyone to try this on their own; the body will go into shock and shut down if you attempt to do it. We are trained professionals who can safely and slowly remove the toxic substances from your body.
withdrawal syndrome which is typically characterized by sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, sweating, difficulty in concentration, dry wretching and nausea, some weight loss, palpitations, headache, muscular pain and stiffness and a host of perceptual changes.
During the Xanax detox process, we understand that you will be experiencing pain and discomfort. We will closely monitor your progress and administer nutritional support when needed. We can help cleanse your body and your mind from toxic substances with our effective drug addiction and mental health disorder programs.
Therapies Proven To Help Recover From A Benzo Addiction
A safe Alprazolam/Xanax detox is the best treatment for a benzodiazepine addiction. Detox is followed by a combination of traditional and experiential treatments. Due to what warrants a Xanax prescription it is safe to assume that the person suffering with an addiction to the substance is also suffering from a mental health disorder. We offer programs designed to treat both conditions. It is important for those who want to overcome their mental health disorder and substance addiction to focus on their psyche, their inner thoughts and how they can affect their behaviors. The Dual Diagnosis Program is research-based and highly individualized for each patient’s unique needs. It is not based upon one type of therapy; it is a combination of both traditional and experiential therapies.
Therapies uses in dual diagnosis treatment include:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Recovery-oriented challenge therapy
- Expressive therapies
- Trauma therapies
The treatment of co-occurring conditions should also include medical and psychiatric sessions, psycho-educational and didactic groups.
It is recommended to attend individual therapy at least twice a week in order to spend one-on-one time with a therapist to resolve underlying systemic issues.
Family can only be included with a patient’s consent. It is important to include family because they may be a part of the problem and they can learn how to support a patient rather than enabling them. Addiction also has the power to rip families apart; therefore, the family therapy can help mend any broken relationships.
Group therapy allows people who have similar experiences to come together in a safe, peer-supported atmosphere. At group therapy individuals share any advice, tips or stories they feel necessary.
Recovery-Oriented Challenge Therapy
This therapy is designed for clients to identify their strengths, learn basic recovery issues and build a supportive social network. Patients should be able to develop self-care skills, learn their boundaries and understand choice and accountability.
Expressive Therapy is a group therapy where patients express their creative sides. Patients learn that the act of creation is just as important as the final product.
These therapies are specifically designed for those that are suffering from a trauma-related issue and consists of a variety of treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy.
Psycho-Educational and Didactic Groups
These groups are offered for patients to interact with one another in order to discuss relapse prevention, cognitive restructuring and the pressures of society.
Medical and Psychiatric Sessions
It is recommended for patient’s progress to be continually monitored in order for programs to be adjusted accordingly. Patients should be assessed both medically and psychiatrically in order to record their progress.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health disorder, substance addiction, or both, it is extremely important to seek help. Without proper treatment, the effects of co-occurring conditions can detrimentally affect all aspects of life.