Xanax Addiction Treatment

Clinically Reviewed by Linda Whiteside, LPCC

Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson, MD

Xanax Addiction Treatment

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Xanax is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorders. However, it can also be addictive and harmful if misused or taken too long.

Understanding Xanax Addiction

Xanax addiction occurs when someone develops a physical and psychological dependence on the drug. This means they need to take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, seizures, and death.

Dangers of Prolonged Xanax Use

Prolonged use of Xanax can negatively affect a person’s physical and mental health. Some of these effects include:

  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Respiratory depression
  • Liver damage
  • Seizures

Additionally, taking Xanax for a long time can interfere with a person’s ability to function normally in their daily life.

They may neglect their responsibilities, isolate themselves from their loved ones, lose interest in their hobbies, and engage in risky behaviors.

Dangers of Prolonged Xanax Use

Xanax Addiction Treatment Approaches

There are different treatment approaches available for Xanax addiction, each with its advantages and disadvantages.


Detoxification is the process of eliminating Xanax and other toxins from the body. It is an essential first step in treating Xanax addiction, as it helps ease the withdrawal process, which can make long-term recovery difficult.

However, Xanax detox can also be dangerous and cause severe and potentially life-threatening complications, like seizures, psychosis, and delirium.

It’s highly recommended that detoxification is done under medical supervision, either in an inpatient or outpatient care setting.

  • Inpatient Detox takes place in a specialized facility, such as a hospital or a Xanax rehab center, and 24/7 medical care and monitoring, as well as access to addiction medicine and therapies that can ease Xanax withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications.
  • Outpatient Detox occurs at home or in another comfortable environment, with regular visits to a treatment center or clinic. This allows more flexibility and freedom for the patient, as they can continue with their daily activities and responsibilities while undergoing treatment.

Counseling and Therapy

Counseling and therapy are vital components of Xanax addiction treatment programs, which help address addiction’s psychological and emotional aspects. This process can help the patient:

  • Understand the root causes of their Xanax addiction.
  • Change their negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Develop coping skills and relapse prevention strategies.
  • Improve their self-esteem and well-being.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is a type of treatment that combines medication with counseling and therapy. MAT can help to ease the withdrawal symptoms, reduce the cravings, restore the brain’s balance, and prevent overdose from Xanax or other benzodiazepines.

This treatment plan can also help to treat any co-occurring disorders or behavioral health conditions that may contribute to or result from Xanax addiction.

Note: Medications should be used cautiously and under medical supervision, as they may have side effects or interactions with other drugs.

Holistic Approaches

Holistic approaches enhance the patient’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being by using natural and alternative methods to manage drug abuse.

Holistic approaches can complement and support conventional Xanax treatment programs. Some of the most common and beneficial holistic approaches for Xanax addiction treatment are:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices involve paying attention to the present moment without judgment or reaction.
  • Exercise and Physical Activity: This can help the patient to recover from Xanax addiction by improving their physical health, releasing endorphins, boosting their energy levels, reducing their stress levels, and improving their sleep quality.

Holistic Approaches

Recovery and Maintenance for Xanax Addiction Treatment

The recovery process for Xanax addiction begins with seeking support from high-quality behavioral healthcare providers.

You may need a medically supervised detox program to taper off the drug and safely manage withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, you may benefit from entering an inpatient or outpatient treatment program offering individual and group therapy, medication management, and other mental health services.

A Xanax addiction treatment program can help you tackle the underlying causes of your substance use disorder, such as trauma, stress, or mental health and substance abuse issues.

You can also learn new skills and other coping strategies to cope with your emotions and challenges without relying on substance abuse.

Recovery and Maintenance for Xanax Addiction Treatment

Relapse Prevention Strategies

Relapse is a common occurrence in drug addiction recovery. Still, it does not mean you have failed or cannot recover. Relapse is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and strengthen your recovery plan.

Some of the relapse prevention strategies that can help you stay sober include:

  • Recognizing triggers: Triggers are situations, people, places, or emotions that remind you of your drug use and make you crave Xanax. Once you know your triggers, you can avoid them or prepare for them in advance.
  • Developing coping mechanisms: Coping mechanisms are healthy ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, boredom, anger, or other negative emotions that may lead you to use Xanax.
  • Support Groups and Community: Support groups are groups of people who share similar experiences with addiction and recovery.
  • Aftercare Planning: Aftercare planning is creating a long-term plan for your recovery after completing a treatment program. This may include ongoing therapy, medication management, support groups, sober living arrangements, vocational training, or education.

Relapse Prevention Strategies

Family and Social Support

Family and social support are the people who care about you and want you to succeed in your Xanax treatment. They can include your spouse, partner, children, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, or mentors.

Having family and social support can help you in many ways, such as:

  • Educating themselves about Xanax addiction: Your loved ones may not understand what Xanax addiction is or how it affects you. By educating themselves about Xanax addiction, they can learn how to support you better and avoid enabling or judging you.
  • Building a supportive environment: Your loved ones can help you create a supportive environment that fosters recovery.
  • Participating in family therapy or counseling: Family therapy or counseling can help you improve your communication skills, resolve conflicts, heal wounds, rebuild trust, and strengthen your bonds with your family members.
  • Joining family support groups: Family support groups are groups of people with a loved one with an addiction. They can offer you and your family emotional support, education, resources, and coping skills.

Family and Social Support

Challenges and Controversies in Xanax Addiction Treatment

One of the reasons why Xanax addiction is so prevalent is that many people have misconceptions about the drug.

Some people think Xanax is a “safe” drug because doctors prescribed Xanax to help them. They may believe that it is not as harmful as other drugs like heroin or cocaine.

However, this is not true. Xanax can have serious side effects, such as memory loss, depression, confusion, drowsiness, impaired coordination, and an increased risk of overdose.

Dependence vs. Addiction

Another challenge in Xanax addiction treatment is to distinguish between dependence and addiction.

Dependence is a physiological condition that occurs when the body adapts to the presence of a drug and develops tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction is a psychological condition that involves compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite negative consequences.

Not everyone dependent becomes addicted to Xanax, but most people who are addicted to Xanax depend on it.

Debates on Treatment Approaches

There are different treatment options for Xanax addiction, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Some factors that influence the choice of treatment options are the severity of the substance use disorder, the presence of co-occurring mental health disorders, the availability of resources, and the preferences of the patient and the provider.

Research and Scientific Studies

Xanax addiction treatment is an evolving field that requires more research and scientific studies. There are still many gaps in knowledge and practice to be addressed. Some of the current topics of interest are the following:

  • Long-term effects of Xanax use on the brain and body
  • Best ways to prevent or reduce Xanax misuse or abuse
  • Optimal dose and duration of medication use for Xanax addiction treatment
  • Effectiveness and safety of alternative therapies for Xanax addiction treatment
  • Impact of social and environmental factors on Xanax addiction treatment outcomes
  • Development of new and innovative treatments for Xanax addiction

Research and Scientific Studies

Rehab Xanax Addiction Treatment

Choosing the right rehab center for Xanax addiction can make a big difference in your recovery process.

Here are some factors to consider when looking for a Xanax rehab center that can help with Xanax addiction.

Specialized care for benzodiazepine addiction

Not all treatment programs are equipped to handle the specific challenges of benzodiazepine or Xanax addiction, such as the risk of seizures, rebound anxiety, and cognitive impairment.

You should look for a treatment provider with experience and expertise in treating Xanax addiction that can offer you a safe and gradual detox protocol and evidence-based therapies to address the underlying causes of your addiction.

Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment

You may benefit from an inpatient treatment center or an outpatient rehab program, depending on your situation.

Meanwhile, an outpatient treatment center allows you to attend treatment sessions at the facility while living at home or in a sober living environment.

The best fit for you will depend on factors such as your degree of addiction, medical and mental health status, personal and professional obligations, and budget.

Cost and insurance coverage

Xanax rehab centers can be expensive, but it is also an investment in your health and well-being.

Before choosing a Xanax rehab, you should check your insurance benefits and see what kind of coverage you have for substance abuse treatment.

You may also want to contact the Xanax addiction treatment center directly and ask about their fees, payment plans, and financial assistance options. Some treatment centers may offer scholarships, grants, or sliding-scale fees based on your income and financial situation.

Start Your Recovery Journey with NuView Treatment Center

As a leading destination for comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment, NuView Treatment Center is committed to supporting individuals like you in overcoming Xanax addiction and achieving lasting recovery.

Our dedicated team of professionals specializes addresses substance abuse and underlying mental health challenges, ensuring a holistic approach to your well-being.

Experience focused outpatient treatment programs, engaging group therapy, and a carefully crafted treatment plan for lasting sobriety. Trust in NuView Treatment Center to guide you towards a life free from the shackles of Xanax addiction.

Contact us today to take the vital step toward renewal and recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Xanax Addiction Treatment

Long-term Xanax abuse can lead to cognitive impairments, memory problems, increased anxiety, and a higher risk of substance use disorders.

Xanax detox can vary based on factors like dosage and individual physiology. Withdrawal symptoms peak within a few days and typically subside within a week.

While Xanax withdrawal isn't usually fatal, severe symptoms, like seizures, can be life-threatening. Seeking medical detox in a treatment center is recommended.

Xanax addiction involves dependence on benzodiazepines like Xanax, which affect the central nervous system. Other prescription drug addictions may include opioids, stimulants, or painkillers.

Natural remedies like deep breathing, meditation, and exercise can help manage Xanax withdrawal. However, professional treatment and medical guidance are crucial.

Offer emotional support, encourage treatment attendance, and learn about Xanax addiction. Be patient and avoid judgment, understanding that addiction is a mental illness and a medical condition.

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Written By: Linda Whiteside

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been providing mental health services for over 10 years.

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson

Went to medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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