Xanax Addiction

girl in blue tank top with xanax addiction at treatment center

Xanax, a benzodiazepine often used for anxiety and panic disorders, is currently the most prescribed psychiatric drug in the US. Unfortunately, long-term use can be an issue and over time a Xanax addiction is developed. Xanax addicts cannot control their consumption of the drug and find that they cannot function in their daily lives without it. Addicts compulsively take the drug, regardless of possible negative consequences. Transcend Recovery Community works directly with individuals seeking Xanax addiction treatment.

What Is Xanax Addiction?

When using  Xanax for extended periods, the body develops a tolerance at a remarkable rate. Tolerance occurs when the drug’s prescribed dose stops being effective, meaning more pills are required to achieve the desired effect. Xanax addiction develops when people require the drug beyond its intended use. Addicts take more pills than prescribed, with the motivation being to feel high as opposed to treating the targeted medical diagnosis.

When a person becomes addicted to Xanax, drug-seeking behavior slowly begins to consume time and money. Other responsibilities and essential areas of life, such as relationships, work, or school, are neglected and the addict’s primary focus is to obtain and use the drug.

Does Transcend Provide Xanax Addiction Treatment?

Transcend believes in holistically supporting our clients so that they can be motivated and equipped to walk the road of recovery. In partnership with our sister program, The Heights Treatment, Transcend currently offers treatment for Xanax addiction to assist those in need of support and guidance. Our program focuses on the development of life skills, self-care, community, and spirituality, which are all essential building blocks in any comprehensive rehabilitation offering.

During our program, clients will also have access to a certified addiction therapist who has been trained under the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and or Betrayal Trauma training. Dr. Patrick Carnes, who created IITAP is one of the worlds leading experts in addiction recovery. He developed the 30-Task Model we frequently use while treating our clients.

Unfortunately, Xanax addiction also adversely affects loved ones of addicts. These people often experience trauma and feelings of betrayal while watching a loved one sink progressively deeper into Xanax addiction. Transcend recognizes that these people also deserve healing; in addition to working with addicts, we also provide support and assistance to the addict’s loved ones.

How Does Xanax Addiction Begin?

Xanax use typically begins in an effort to treat a medical condition, such as anxiety, panic disorder, or insomnia. It is usually prescribed with the intention of being a short-term solution; issues of abuse tend to arise with prolonged use of the medication.  A person may also use Xanax recreationally without being fully aware of the risk of abuse. 

When a person uses Xanax for an extended period of time, their body will develop a tolerance to the drug. Xanax users must then use a higher amount of the medication to recapture the initial effect. This course of action seems to work, but also creates a vicious cycle: each time the dosage stops being effective, the user must increase it. With this situation at hand, addicts can find themselves taking dozens of pills per day in an effort to feel the relaxation and euphoria they first experienced when initially starting the drug.

What Are the Short and Long Term Effects of Xanax Addiction?

As addicts use Xanax outside the intended use parameters, there are various short and long-term effects they may experience. Short-term effects include but are not limited to:

  • Confusion
  • Appetite changes
  • Fainting
  • Swelling
  • Breathing pattern changes
  • Urinary retention

Prolonged abuse of Xanax typically gives rise to more acute long-term effects. These effects include:

  • Liver damage
  • The physical dependence on Xanax
  • Depression
  • Suicidality
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Libido changes

While some of the short-term effects are more associated with regular Xanax use, addiction tends to create a dangerous gateway to the more long-term and adverse effects. However, all hope is not lost if a person has started to experience the more severe effects of the drug. Transcend is available to provide addicts with the tools and skills necessary to lead a happy and healthy life.

What Are Xanax Addiction Signs?

As is the case with any addiction, chronic abuse of Xanax manifests in various ways. The symptoms that each addict presents tend to vary. However, some of the most common signs of a Xanax addiction include:

  • Loss of control over how much Xanax is taken
  • Obsessive thinking about how to get more of the drug
  • The progressive loss of interest in what used to be enjoyable activities
  • Inability to stop using Xanax, even with the desire to do so being present
  • Using Xanax despite having awareness of the personal and professional difficulties it is causing

Are There Xanax Addiction Treatments Near Me?

Transcend currently offers treatment for Xanax addiction through our sister program, The Heights, located in Los Angeles and Houston. We provide an individualized treatment plan that involves understanding the client’s state of addiction and your specific needs.

Allow us to be a pillar of strength for you as you reclaim your life from addiction. If you or a loved one are suffering from Xanax addiction, please call us to learn more about our treatment programs.

Call the recovery specialists at Transcend today at 800-208-1211 or use our contact us form to see how joining the Transcend community can change your life.