Xanax is a central nervous system depressant. Xanax's main effect is calming anxiety and reducing overall brain activity, which also causes a small percentage of users to experience a euphoric reaction when taken in large doses. This can lead to Xanax abuse. There are typically few experientially positive side-effects to the drug, with the major symptom for abusers being drowsiness. What is calming for those with overstimulated brains can be frightful for those with normal chemistry. A life on Xanax is a life without feelings, and that is enormously appealing to some. They will often begin to increase their dosage beyond the recommended amount, hoping to stave off all anxiety and/or panic. At very high doses, users can easily black out, unable to remember what they did while they were taking the drug. Our Florida addiction treatment center understands this condition.
Xanax Was Designed for Short-Term Use
Xanax and other benzos were designed to be used on a short-term basis. However, there are people who have been on alprazolam for several years in a row. Because it is a controlled substance, only doctors can refill prescriptions for patients. However, people who need Florida Xanax addiction treatment will try to buy additional or counterfeit pills from the street, or try to get their regular doctor to prescribe them more of the drug. As people take more and more of the drug, a tolerance begins to develop – this means that the user is going to need to ingest more of the same drug to get the benefits that gave them the initial euphoric feeling of being high.
Xanax abuse is most popular among millennials, and most specifically young men. Xanax abuse is particularly common if one is concurrently abusing another substance such as alcohol, opiates, or painkillers. Many people do obtain their Xanax legally, although there are other methods for procurement. In fact, since most in active addiction know that benzos are used in the detox process, many will keep benzos stored, in case they can’t get their drug choice. The Xanax or other benzos will stave off harsh withdrawal effects.
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Xanax Addiction Treatment in Florida
Medically assisted detoxification programs are designed to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, stabilize the patient, and promote abstinence. The detox process alone is limited, however; additional measures are needed to address the emotional and environmental markers of addiction.
Our Place Recovery rehab programs are available on a partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient basis, with common treatment models including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, relapse prevention, and long-term treatment.