Xanax Detox Program
What is Xanax?
Xanax is a type of medication that acts as a central nervous system depressant and is classified as a benzodiazepine. The pharmacological name for Xanax is Alprazolam. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax are prescribed to help persons diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, and other medical conditions. It is also common for doctors to prescribe Xanax or another type of benzodiazepine after a traumatic emergency or surgery. However, Xanax is most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. The dosage of Xanax ranges from 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, or 2 mg. Most people who abuse Xanax are taking 2 or 3 times more than the prescribed dosage.
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Addiction to benzodiazepines, in general, has the potential to occur. Xanax and other benzodiazepines medications are illegal to possess without a prescription; however, many people will doctor shop (seeing more than one doctor at a time) to get legal prescriptions for Xanax. Additionally, many Xanax addicts eventually begin to desire what’s known as a Xanax bar. A Xanax bar is the strongest dosage of Xanax available. It is rectangular shaped, like a bar, and is a 2-milligram dosage of the drug. The nicknames for Xanax bars include z-bars, zanies, planks, bars, and bricks. Besides being potent, another danger that Xanax bars cause is that many Xanax addicts consume Xanax bars while taking other drugs. Mixing alcohol, opiates, cocaine, or methamphetamine with Xanax bars is currently a popular drug cocktail that is regularly sought out by people abusing Xanax and other drugs.
Why is Xanax So Addictve?
Xanax acts on special brain receptors that release dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical that causes a person to feel pleasure. However, the normal secretion of dopamine does not cause addiction. It is because of the massive surge of dopamine that Xanax prompts for the brain to release is what makes Xanax addicting as well as popular. The presence of Xanax disrupts the brain’s reward center that monitors the release of dopamine and, over time, will not function normally. For people that have been using Xanax long term, their brains rely on Xanax to some degree to feel normal.
The severity of Xanax addiction can cause a person to become physically dependent on Xanax. Physical dependency on a drug means that the person must continue to consume the drug to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Xanax withdrawal symptoms often mirror the exact opposite of the effects of Xanax. Therefore, for a person who is prescribed Xanax for anxiety will experience even greater anxiety once withdrawal symptoms begin to occur as a result of not taking more Xanax.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms that addiction to Xanax causes are particularly alarming because the risk of having a life-threatening seizure is quite common. Since Xanax is dangerous to detox from, it is never recommended that anyone attempt to quit taking Xanax alone and attempt to endure Xanax detox symptoms without professional medical care. The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health equate the potential for seizures with higher doses and more prolonged use of Xanax.
Instances are also reported within the high-dosage benzodiazepine category of more serious developments such as seizures and psychotic reactions. Withdrawal from normal dosage benzodiazepine treatment can result in several symptomatic patterns. (NCBI)
Along with the strong potential of seizures to occur Xanax addiction also causes the following physical and emotional symptoms.
Physiological dependence on benzodiazepines is accompanied by a withdrawal syndrome which is typically characterized by:
How is Xanax Addiction Treated?
Xanax addiction requires that a person first detox all of the drug from the system. Detoxification is very uncomfortable and has severe life-threatening risks that must be monitored by medical staff. The programs that we offer for Xanax addiction at Evoke Florida begin with a medically supervised detox. Our medically supervised detox in Florida prescribes safe medications, conduct around the clock monitoring, and observes each client closely for emotional and mental health concerns. Since Xanax withdrawal symptoms include seizures and other serious medical conditions, our detox physicians rely on a taper down the protocol for detoxification. Tapering down the dosage of Xanax is the safest method for helping a person who is addicted to Xanax detoxify.
Xanax Detox in Florida
Our Xanax detox in Florida is overseen by an entire medical staff of doctors and psychiatrists who specialize in Xanax and benzodiazepine addiction. Our medically supervised detox center in Florida provides 24-hour care and supervision by expert staff members who specialize in benzodiazepine detoxification. The state of Florida licenses our medical drug detox center, and our success rates in helping addicts recover from their addictions remain steady. At our Evoke Florida Xanax detox center, clients are allowed to rest and relax. Every person is seen regularly by our medical practitioners who prescribe all necessary medications to help counter insomnia, anxiety, depression, as well as medications for nausea and vomiting or muscle and bone pain.
The taper down regimen for benzodiazepine detoxification usually requires that a person remains in the Xanax detox program for a minimum of 10 days up to several weeks. The amount of time it takes for a person to be stabilized and mentally, emotionally, and physically comfortable depends significantly on how long they were abusing Xanax and how much they were ingesting. Evoke recommends that all detox clients consider entering one of our treatment programs for Xanax addiction. Although detox is the beginning of recovery, it must be followed by a treatment program to give the addict the necessary skills to remain clean for good.