Anxiety is a powerful force that can overtake your life, destroy your body, and make it nearly impossible to sustain healthy relationships. Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, can take the edge off and help you regain a sense of control over your life. But Xanax is also addictive. For addicts who use Xanax, this potent drug may replace one problem with another.
We are the only West Palm Beach addiction center treating Xanax addiction in a way that can fully restore your brain. We can help. Here’s what you need to know about Xanax addiction—and how to get the help you need.
Xanax, known generically as alprazolam, belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs ease anxiety, and can also prevent convulsions associated with some medical conditions. In small doses and used in the short-term, the act quickly to calm the body and brain. It can also help you feel sleepy and relaxed, which makes it a favorite choice of patients who have dental or surgical anxiety.
In the short-term, some of the effects of Xanax include:
The problem is that, like other benzodiazepines, Xanax changes your brain. It depresses functions in your central nervous system, which means that it slows down activity in your brain and spinal cord. Over time, this can alter how your brain functions, nurturing dependency, addiction, and potentially catastrophic health consequences.
Xanax addiction, like other addictions, is a disease—not a choice or a personal failing. The process begins with chemical dependency. Over time, your body becomes convinced that it needs Xanax to function, feel normal, even to stay alive. This is what keeps addicts using. Along with dependency comes tolerance, which means that you need a higher dose of Xanax than you once did to get the same effects. This keeps you using, and causes you to become progressively more addicted.
As your body becomes more dependent on Xanax, so too does your mind. Though Xanax can alleviate anxiety, it also changes the way your brain responds to anxiety. This can potentially make you feel more anxious and more depressed when you’re not using Xanax. That encourages prolonged use, because life begins to feel unbearable without this potent drug. Thus Xanax addiction is both a chemical dependency, a habit, and a way of coping with the pain of life.
Many Xanax mistakenly believe that Xanax is safe because it is a legal prescription drug. But Xanax requires a prescription precisely because of its potential to cause addiction and other serious health consequences. You can become addicted to Xanax even if you have an anxiety disorder, and even if you have a valid medical prescription. Some warning signs that you may be addicted include:
Until recently, addiction treatment focused on getting addicts to stop using drugs long enough for the drugs to flush from their system. Once Xanax leaves your body, detox begins. As your body adjusts to life without Xanax, it breaks the cycle of dependency. But this process is a challenging one that can be painful and unpleasant. It’s no wonder that so few addicts return to Xanax before finishing this process.
But now, thanks to our revolutionary Brain Restoration+ program, there’s real treatment for the very real pain of detox. The solution is our revolutionary NAD enzyme drip. NAD is a coenzyme that supports virtually every cellular reaction. When NAD is depleted, so is your body. And Xanax addicts tend to have depleted levels of NAD.
By restoring NAD to healthy levels, we restore your brain and body to balance. This makes the path to sobriety a shorter, and potentially easier, one.
Xanax addiction is a lifelong disease. Once you’re an addict, you are always at risk of developing another addiction. You’ll also need to permanently abstain from Xanax use. Accomplishing this goal requires comprehensive support that gets to the heart of your addiction.
We treat your mental, physical, and social health using complementary and standard modalities. In so doing, we offer you a full package for sustaining sobriety comfortably and easily for the rest of your life.
We know that addiction is a painful battle, but you no longer have to fight it alone. If you’re ready to feel better, live better, and move to the next chapter of your life, we stand ready to help you. Call us today!