Xanax is a potent medication usually prescribed to treat moderate to severe anxiety-related disorders. Xanax is a benzodiazepine and can be extremely habit-forming when it is used long-term, or used other than as prescribed by a medical professional. Of all psychiatric prescriptions in the United States, Xanax is the most frequently prescribed. Part of the reason why Xanax is so addictive is because tolerance occurs so quickly (meaning that more of the drug is required in order for the person to experience the same mental and physical reaction). When tolerance builds and the individual who has been abusing Xanax begins to take greater amounts on a daily basis he or she becomes more susceptible to overdose. If the user’s supply is cut off suddenly, he or she will experience symptoms of Xanax withdrawal. Depending on the severity of the addiction these symptoms can be life-threatening. For this reason – among several others – attending a medical Xanax detox is absolutely essential.
At Princeton Detox and Recovery Center we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best clinical detox experience available. We understand how complex and devastating Xanax addiction can be, and our team of compassionate professionals works together to ensure that every individual patient is receiving effective and personalized treatment. We offer a wide range of detox services all geared towards stopping the vicious cycle of drug addiction once and for all. For more information on our program of Xanax detoxification, give us a call today.
Xanax Dependence and Addiction
Xanax is extremely potent, and even those that take the drug as prescribed are at risk of dependency. Those who are struggling with Xanax addiction will typically show a wide range of behavioral, psychological and physical symptoms. If you think you might be struggling with a Xanax addiction or if you believe that someone close to you is, there are several signs and symptoms to look for.
Behavioral symptoms of Xanax addiction might include:
- Continuing to use Xanax despite the fact that it’s causing serious personal consequences
Those that have developed a physical dependency on a drug will find that they quit by themselves no matter how dire the consequences. Xanax addicts might lose their jobs or their friends and still find that they can’t find the motivation to put down the drug for more than a day or two.
- A lack of motivation or interest in activities and hobbies that used to be enjoyed
Those who are struggling with a drug addiction will begin focusing exclusively on the drug they’re using. Hobbies and activities that were previously enjoyed will fall by the wayside, and Xanax will take the spotlight.
- Legal issues that directly result from compulsive Xanax use
Those who struggle with drug addiction will face legal issues, especially when they run out of the money necessary to support their habit. Xanax abusers very commonly resort to stealing in order to continue paying for their supply, seeing as the street value of prescription medications is extremely high.
- In inability to stop using Xanax beside repeated attempts to quit and/or cut back
Those who are addicted to Xanax will have a multitude of reasons to stop using. Either they have suffered interpersonal issues, their performance at work or school has been compromised or they are facing legal or health-related issues. Still, despite every attempt to quit they find themselves unable.
- Increased risk-taking behaviors
Those who abuse Xanax on a regular basis lose their ability to engage in rational thinking – and all of their inhibitions. Xanax use leads to “blacking out” for periods of time, especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Xanax abuse can lead people to drive under the influence, engage in promiscuous and unprotected sex or do other things that they would never normally do.
- Secretive behavior
Those who are abusing Xanax will want to continue abusing Xanax, therefore they’ll be extremely secretive about what they’re doing in their free time. One good way to determine whether or not someone close to you is abusing drugs is by gauging how much time they spend with others versus how much time they spend alone.
- Major changes in interpersonal relationships
Interpersonal relationships will suffer immensely. Those who were once close to their friends and family members will push them away so that they can keep their addiction as private as possible. If you know someone who suddenly began to neglect his or her friends and family members it might be because he or she is struggling with a substance dependency disorder.
- Doctor shopping
This means that the person who is struggling with a Xanax addiction goes around to different doctors in hopes of getting more than one prescription at a time. Doctor shopping is very common among those who are abusing a prescription medication – specifically intended to treat a psychiatric disorder.
Psychological Symptoms of Xanax addiction might include:
- Severe mood swings
- Feelings of anxiety and panic (especially when Xanax is not available)
- Changes in sleep patterns, generally characterized by extreme lethargy and fatigue
- An inability to focus
- Extreme preoccupation with Xanax and “getting high”
Physical Symptoms of Xanax addiction might include:
- Inexplicable drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Headache and light-headedness
- A decrease in sex drive
- Sleeping more than is normal
- Lack of coordination
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It is never recommended that someone attempt to quit Xanax cold turkey or without close medical supervision. Doing so can result in life-threatening complications. Because this specific prescription medication is so potent the symptoms of withdrawal will likely begin within several hours. They will remain uncomfortable but not life-threatening until they peak in somewhere between the first and fourth day. The side effects of Xanax withdrawal are unpredictable, which is why they must always be monitored by a team of experienced medical professionals.
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include (but are not limited to):
- Muscle pain and aches
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Numbness in the fingers and toes
- Insomnia/an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
- Severe anxiety
- Profuse sweating
- Heart palpitations and increased blood pressure
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
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- Ongoing case management
- Post-detox treatment planning
- State-of-the-art amenities
- Consistent therapeutic care
- Introduction to the 12 step method of recovery
- Family counseling and support
At Princeton Detox we have extensive experience working closely with those who have been struggling with Xanax addictions of every severity – from the most mild cases to the most severe. We offer men and women of all ages the opportunity to heal from the inside out, beginning with the very first step on the road to recovery – medical detox. Our case managers work with each individual client in formulating long-term treatment goals, from the length of medical detox to inpatient drug rehab and aftercare. We offer therapeutic services and an in-depth introduction to the 12 step method of addiction recovery. Our goal is not just to offer our patients the medical supervision and support they need during withdrawal, but to set them up for success in the years to come. For more information on our program of personalized detox and ongoing care, give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you get started on the fulfilling journey towards the happy and drug-free life that you deserve.