Xanax Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati
Programs for Benzodiazepine Addiction in Ohio
Among the number of benzodiazepines that are prescribed in the United States, Xanax is perhaps the most well-known drug. Though it’s generally prescribed to help people treat their anxiety, insomnia, and panic disorders, it’s also one of the most commonly abused and accessible drugs – 70% of teens who are addicted to Xanax get the drug straight from their family’s medicine cabinet. Xanax is also extremely addictive, and up to 40 percent of those who take benzodiazepines like Xanax end up developing an addiction. Cedar Oaks Wellness Center offers both inpatient and detox programs for clients so we can meet you where you’re at in your recovery. Located on 120 acres in a secluded Cincinnati getaway, our campus is ideal for clients who are ready to look inward and begin healing.
Whether you need medication-assisted treatment or mindfulness training, you can trust our team to treat you with compassion and do whatever we can to help you. Call us today at (513) 780-5201, or fill out our online form.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, which is a type of benzodiazepine that is typically used to treat anxiety and related issues like panic attacks and sleep problems. Xanax produces relaxing effects in the user by acting both on the central nervous system and brain to slow down the chemicals responsible for excitement. Xanax was first approved by the FDA in 1981 and as of 2013 is the most commonly prescribed benzo in the country, with more than 48 million prescriptions. Common street names used for Xanax include xannies or zannies, benzos, bars, and sticks.
Unlike some other benzos, Xanax is known as a short-acting drug that can produce immediate effects upon ingestion, which is one of many reasons why people are drawn to it. Along with the calming feeling that usually accompanies Xanax, people can also experience lightheadedness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, loss of sex drive, and memory issues.
Xanax isn’t recommended for long-term use because of the negative effects that can occur over time, from depression to severe withdrawal symptoms that can lead to death. Unfortunately, Xanax is addictive and users can quickly develop tolerance and dependence.
What Does Xanax Abuse Look Like?
People who have developed addictions to Xanax may find themselves taking up to 20 or even 30 pills a day to regain the same high they felt before they developed a tolerance to the drug. You may come to realize that you have an addiction once you develop withdrawal symptoms after going a length of time without using, such as insomnia, tremors, anxiety, and restlessness.
Other symptoms of Xanax addiction to be aware of include:
- Poor performance at work or school, including getting fired or dropping out
- Change in sleep habits, including sleeping more or less than usual
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities and hobbies
- Financial troubles from spending money on drugs or losing a job
- Social withdrawal from family and friends
If you suspect someone you care about has a Xanax addiction, there are additional signs to be aware of. For instance, if your loved one is lying about their Xanax use, is using it in large quantities, or is using the drug without a prescription, they may be abusing the drug.
Common Xanax Drug Combinations
Some people struggling with addiction will also take Xanax with other drugs or alcohol to intensify the high, which can be extremely dangerous and fatal. People who combine Xanax with other drugs are more likely to overdose, requiring emergency medical attention that includes stomach pumping or medication administration. After a Xanax overdose, doctors may administer medication like flumazenil or an IV to give the person the fluids they need to recover.
Some common Xanax drug combinations include:
- Alcohol, as around 40 percent of alcoholics regularly abuse Xanax: This can be especially dangerous because since both Xanax and alcohol are depressants, they can lead to respiratory failure.
- Opioids: Using Xanax with opioids, including heroin, methadone, and morphine, can also produce respiratory failure. Between 2005 and 2011, one million emergency room visits were related to the use of both benzo medications and opioids.
We offer a wide range of therapies and support groups to help our clients address their addictions and get to the root of their destructive behaviors.
For caring, transparent drug addiction treatment, call our Cincinnati team at (513) 780-5201. We can tailor our Xanax addiction treatment to your needs and preferences.