Xanax abuse has steadily been on the rise for years.
This powerful drug is one of the most common prescription benzodiazepines.
Doctors use Xanax to treat anxiety and panic disorders, stress, and other common mental health concerns in the United States.
Its potent effects and addictive qualities make it easy to abuse. However, if you are struggling with Xanax abuse, we can help.
How to Avoid Xanax Drug Abuse and Addiction
This benzodiazepine is often suggested for short-term use to treat certain mental health disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the most common in our country. This contributed to the alarming fact that benzodiazepine prescriptions rose by 226% from 2009 to 2014.
Avoiding Xanax abuse starts with taking it as it is prescribed. Exhausting alternatives and entering into mental health or addiction treatment are other important steps.
Xanax and Heroin
Xanax, on its own, is a strong benzodiazepine that impairs your mental health. Nearly one-third of intentional overdoses or suicide attempts involve benzodiazepines. While this is one of the most pressing, it is not the only concern related to Xanax abuse. Another is that Xanax often leads to other addictions. Xanax and heroin are a common pairing.
Both of these drugs depress the central nervous system and engage with important brain and body functions. Heroin appeals to individuals with high levels of anxiety or stress, similar to Xanax. It reduces feelings of pain and increases feelings of pleasure.
However, there are no approved medical uses for heroin. And, escalating from prescription drugs to heroin can have fatal consequences. When taken together, they often interfere with important bodily functions and brain responses.
They can slow your breathing down to dangerous rates. Irregular heartbeats, confusion, and nausea are also common side effects of this combination. Impaired cardiac functions and increased instances of overdose are two other side effects of combining these substances. If you are taking Xanax and heroin, it is time to seek professional help to stop safely and effectively.
Xanax and Mental Health
About half of all individuals who experience a mental health disorder will also experience a substance use disorder.
While Xanax abuse often starts with a genuine medical need, it can quickly derail your mental health instead. Relying on medication may seem like the easiest or only solution for certain mental health disorders. Lax attitudes toward prescription drugs do nothing to aid this problem, and a lack of information or understanding can lead to a life-long cycle of Xanax abuse and addiction.
Like anxiety or depression, addiction alters your brain chemistry in significant ways. You may find compulsive behaviors or cravings replacing your normal needs and desires.
At first, Xanax may ease your anxiety, reduce your stress, or help you sleep. However, when you begin to misuse your prescription, take it past the allotted timeframe, or choose illicit methods of obtaining Xanax, you risk developing an addiction. Over time, the impacts on your mental health become greater.
Choosing a better way begins with you. In our addiction treatment programs, we help you identify healthy coping mechanisms, habits, and social networks. Using strong support systems, regular exercise, time in nature, holistic remedies, and healthy activities is greatly beneficial to the recovery journey.
Xanax Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
Xanax abuse often evolves into addiction because it is difficult to stop. Overwhelming withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings may prevent you from seeking sobriety on your own.
A lack of healthier coping mechanisms, support, and guidance may leave you feeling lost or helpless. In addition, an underlying mental health disorder may leave you feeling like this is the only way to cope.
This is not true. Our high-level detox program helps pave the way to a healthy recovery. And, if you have underlying mental health concerns, we help address those as well.
Xanax addiction is usually met with withdrawal symptoms ranging from headaches and blurry vision to anxiety, panic, or paranoia.
Somewhere in the middle, we typically see muscle pains, tremors, insomnia, and sweats, among other symptoms when detoxing off of benzos.
A tapered, supervised Xanax detox is the safest and best way to rid your body of this dangerous substance. We give you a safe and comfortable place to get through the worst parts of the start of the recovery process.
Xanax Abuse Treatment Options
At BriteLife Recovery, we understand that one-size-fits-all treatments are rarely successful. An effective approach treats the mind, body, and spirit based on your unique and specific needs. Our dedicated team uses a variety of proven treatment strategies to develop the most effective, personalized recovery solutions. Whether you are coming from around the corner or from states away, our doors are open to you.
Our top-rated beach-town facility in Hilton Head has drawn clients from right here in South Carolina and across the Southeast, including North Carolina and Georgia, as well. Our incredible resort community is ideal for anyone looking to escape the distractions and temptations of everyday life.
We offer our clients a unique and effective range of treatment options, including:
- Inpatient rehab programs
- Outpatient treatments
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Residential programs
- Sober living programs
Benefits of an Inpatient Stay
For those with moderate to severe addictions, an inpatient stay may be best. Inpatient settings are also ideal for clients with a history of relapse, those who face temptations and triggers at home, and others who face additional complications. While an inpatient stay may seem intimidating, it is often the most effective treatment method. And our inpatient program features premier amenities. Among them, our resort-style pool and courtyard, upscale dining room, group activities, and excursions, and comfortable rooms are some of our clients’ favorites.
In addition to 24-hour access to care and support, you will find peace in the courtyard, a soothing atmosphere by the pool, a delicious meal in the dining room, and exciting, therapeutic, and relaxing options for excursions. Some of the most popular excursion options are lake visits and beach trips. Xanax abuse is on the rise, but you do not have to let it control your life. It is time to make a change. We will work with you to determine which care program best suits your addiction and needs. From medication management and proven therapeutic techniques to holistic remedies and unbeatable amenities, we have all of the recovery bases covered.
Paying for Xanax Abuse Treatments
Most insurance providers offer coverage for addiction treatments. And we work with most major insurance providers to get you the addiction care that you need and deserve. But plans and policies may vary in the coverage that they offer.
If you are not sure what is covered under your insurance plan, please call us for free insurance verification. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Once we know what is covered, we can help you put together a plan for the rest.
Our goal is to make your transition to sobriety as safe and comfortable as possible.
Our team provides you with the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to develop a long-term plan and regain control of your life.
BriteLife Recovery’s facility offers world-class comfort, premier housing, resort-style amenities, and abundant activities that are hard to match.
See the difference that the BriteLife Recovery approach can make.