Oftentimes, doctors prescribe individuals medications to help them manage different physical and mental health disorders. One medication that doctors commonly prescribe to individuals with certain physical or mental conditions is Xanax.
As useful as Xanax is at treating certain physical and mental conditions, the medication is very addictive. Thus, when misused, people often develop an addiction to Xanax. To overcome Xanax addiction, individuals must attend Xanax addiction treatment at a rehab center such as Grace Land Recovery in Memphis, TN.
To prevent oneself from even developing a Xanax addiction in the first place, individuals should learn about the effects of Xanax use. If one does develop an addiction to Xanax, the sooner one is able to start receiving addiction treatment, the better. Thus, it’s also good for individuals to learn about the signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine, or “benzo.” Benzos are man-made psychoactive drugs that enhance the effect of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter in the brain. In doing so, Xanax slows down certain brain and body functions. Thus, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant.
Xanax itself comes in the form of an FDA-approved medicinal pill. Doctors mainly prescribe individuals Xanax to help them treat stress and anxiety disorders. This is because using Xanax can help people that suffer from anxiety and stress disorders slow down their thinking and nervousness. Because Xanax helps slow down certain brain and body functions, doctors also sometimes prescribe Xanax to people to help them manage their seizures. Other conditions that doctors sometimes prescribe Xanax to help treat include:
- Muscle spasms
- Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Sleep issues
What Does Xanax Do to the Brain and Body?
Anxiety causes the brain to go into overdrive. As a result, the brain needs to receive tranquilizing neurotransmitters to help calm it down. GABA neurotransmitters act as such tranquilizing neurotransmitters by sending messages to the brain during times of high anxiety to help calm it down. Because Xanax enhances the effects of GABA neurotransmitters in the brain, it only further calms down the brain during times of high anxiety.
The GABA-enhancing effects of Xanax are so strong that they can even relax the muscles in the body. This is why doctors also prescribe Xanax to people to help them manage their seizures and muscle spasms.
While Xanax can help slow down the brain and body in a way that helps treat anxiety and stress disorders along with physical conditions such as seizures and muscle spasms, it can also cause people to experience memory loss, feelings of hostility, and irritability, and vivid dreams. Excessive Xanax use can even cause people to experience shallow breathing, clammy skin, dilated pupils, and weak and rapid heart rates.
Xanax abuse can even cause a person to fall into a coma or die. That’s why it’s so important to monitor any side effects or symptoms that one is experiencing after Xanax use. That’s also why it’s important for anyone that is suffering from Xanax addiction to receive Xanax addiction treatment in TN as soon as possible.
Side Effects of Xanax Use
Like with the use of any medication, taking Xanax can cause a person to experience certain side effects. Common side effects of Xanax use include:
- Loss of sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth
- Memory loss
- Problems concentrating
- Poor coordination
- Slurred speech
- Stuffy nose
- Joint pain
- Weight fluctuations
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble sleeping
While people use Xanax to help treat anxiety, excessive Xanax use can cause a person to experience adverse effects. In other words, taking too much Xanax can cause a person to develop anxiety or depression. There are even reports of people that abuse Xanax experiencing suicidal thoughts. That’s why it’s so important to monitor one’s Xanax use any other substances that you choose to use while also using Xanax.
What Happens When You Mix Other Substances with Xanax?
The effects of Xanax on the brain and body can change depending on what other substances that a person who is using Xanax is also using. For example, drinking alcohol or taking another central nervous system depressant while using Xanax can cause many of the negative side effects that we previously mentioned to arise.
Smoking cigarettes while using Xanax can decrease blood levels. Taking medications and drugs such as azole antifungal medications, cimetidine, certain antidepressants, HIV medications, macrolide, antibiotics, rifamycins, and other seizure medications while also using Xanax can affect how Xanax leaves the body. In fact, some medications can make Xanax stay in the body’s system longer than normal, thus causing a person to experience Xanax overdose.
Because of all the negative ways that other substances can negatively affect a person that is also using Xanax, people should notify their doctors of any other medications or substances that they are using prior to beginning Xanax use. Otherwise, using certain medications and while also using Xanax can make it easier to develop a Xanax addiction. Xanax addiction treatment in Tennessee will be necessary to overcome the dependency.
How Long Does It Take for Xanax Effects to Kick In?
Xanax is a fast-acting medication. This is because the body quickly absorbs Xanax. In fact, the human body absorbs Xanax so quickly that people can feel its effects within one to two hours, or even less.
Just as the human body absorbs Xanax quickly, so does the human body release Xanax. In fact, within just around 11 hours the body removes half of the Xanax that it absorbs. As a result, doctors advise that individuals that need to take Xanax to do so three times a day, every several hours.
Even though Xanax moves through the body quickly, it is still a very strong and intense drug. Thus, doctors suggest that all individuals that take Xanax stop doing so after two to four weeks. Taking Xanax for a longer period of time than two to four weeks can cause a person to develop a Xanax addiction. Once individuals develop Xanax addictions, they must attend Xanax addiction treatment like our Xanax addiction treatment center in Memphis, TN.
What are the Signs of Xanax Addiction?
The sooner a person is aware that he or she is suffering from a Xanax addiction, the quicker that person can attend Xanax addiction treatment and achieve recovery. The best way to ensure that a person can easily be aware of when he or she is suffering from a Xanax addiction is to know the signs of Xanax addiction.
Some common signs of Xanax addiction include:
- Taking more Xanax at a time than one’s doctor prescribes a person to take
- Taking Xanax for a longer period of time than prescribed
- Not being able to stop using Xanax even when one tries to
- Shopping at different medical facilities or pharmacies for Xanax
- Exhibiting risky behavior just to gain more Xanax pills
- Containing strong cravings for Xanax
- No longer keeping up with one’s work or school responsibilities due to one’s Xanax use
- Continuing to use Xanax even after doing so has negatively affected one’s life
- Exhibiting sudden mood swings
Symptoms of Xanax Abuse or Addiction
Once a person chronically abuses Xanax and even possibly develops a Xanax addiction, he or she will likely experience some of the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Severe confusion
- Extreme drowsiness
- Poor reflexes
- Impaired coordination
- Struggling to think and make decisions
- Poor memory
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty saying words
- General weakness
Xanax Detox and Withdrawal
Because of how strong of a medication Xanax is, individuals that suffer from Xanax addiction must attend medical detox followed by professional addiction treatment. Medical detox for Xanax addiction is the process of ridding the body of all negative substances, in particular any Xanax.
While detoxing from Xanax, individuals will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. In fact, Xanax withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours of one’s last use of the medication and peak in severity within one to four days. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
Common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:
- Irritability and aggression
- Blurred vision
- Muscle pain
- Numb fingers
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble breathing
- Heart palpitations
- Suicidal thoughts
To treat Xanax withdrawal during detox, a person must taper one’s use of the medication. To taper means to slowly diminish until something is all gone. Thus, to taper one’s Xanax use during detox means to slowly stop using Xanax until one is no longer using the medication and the medication is completely removed from the person’s bodily system.
To further ensure that Xanax detox runs smoothly and that Xanax withdrawal symptoms don’t become too severe, individuals can receive a little bit of a long-acting benzodiazepine. That way there is some benzo in the bodily system to subdue a person’s cravings and withdrawal symptoms until all benzos and Xanax are removed from that person’s system during detox.
Xanax Addiction Treatment
Once a person safely removes all Xanax from his or her bodily system during detox, that person can start attending Xanax addiction treatment. Xanax addiction treatment can occur in an inpatient or outpatient format. It all depends on the severity of a person’s Xanax addiction.
Inpatient or Residential Xanax Addiction Treatment
For example, individuals with severe Xanax addictions should attend inpatient or residential treatment. This is because inpatient and residential treatment programs provide their patients with 24/7 care and monitoring.
Partial Hospitalization Program Treatment
Individuals with moderate to severe addictions that can’t afford to take off from work and life to live in rehab facilities 24/7 should receive partial hospitalization program treatment. Partial hospitalization program (PHP) treatment is the most intense form of outpatient treatment. This is because it requires its patients to attend rehab for around five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. When PHP patients aren’t receiving treatment though, they can live in the comfort of their own homes.
Intensive Outpatient Program Treatment
The second most intense form of Xanax addiction treatment is intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment. IOP treatment requires rehab patients to attend rehab for around three to four hours a day, a few days a week. Just like all outpatient forms of treatment, IOP treatment allows patients to live in their own homes when not receiving care.
Outpatient Program Treatment
The least intense form of Xanax addiction treatment is standard outpatient Xanax addiction treatment. Standard outpatient program (OP) treatment requires patients to attend rehab for around a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week.
Receive Xanax Addiction Treatment At Grace Land Recovery
Grace Land Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center in the Memphis, Tennessee area. As a dual diagnosis treatment center, we here at Grace Land provide a wide variety of addiction treatment programs that are specialized by substance and individualized by the patient. We even offer a wide variety of individualized addiction treatment programs that treat Xanax abuse or addiction.
Here at Grace Land Recovery, we aim to get to the root of our patients’ addiction issues. To do so, we provide our patients with a wide variety of addiction therapies, treatment programs, and clinical services. That way each of our patients can treat their minds, bodies, and souls of addictions.
People that suffer from Xanax addiction treatment can benefit from receiving our wide variety of addiction treatment programs, therapies, and services. That’s because our treatments, therapies, and services are both evidence-based and holistic. The addiction treatments, therapies, and services that we offer here at Grace Land Recovery also provide individuals with high-quality addiction treatment solutions.
To learn more about Grace Land Recovery and the different ways that we can help treat individuals with addictions to substances such as Xanax, contact us today. Our phone lines are open 24/7.