Because of the prevalence of anxiety disorders, benzodiazepines and other anti-anxiety medications are among the most prescribed medications in the United States. Xanax, the most commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication, is both physically and psychologically addicting. Even if you take Xanax exactly as prescribed, you can develop an addiction, which requires treatment from a Jacksonville inpatient detox center.
Tens of millions of Americans struggle with a substance abuse disorder, addiction, and alcoholism each year. Drug overdoses are also the leading cause of death in the country, with alcohol also playing a role in more than 90,000 deaths each year. Mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety, also impact more than 25% of American adults. In fact, roughly 20% of American adults will struggle with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
Both mental health and substance abuse disorders are incurable and progressive, meaning that treatment is typically a necessity in order to fully recover. Anxiety disorders cause serious symptoms which can make it difficult to live a normal life. Symptoms can also worsen over time, especially when you delay treatment.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is a benzodiazepine and a central nervous system depressant. Xanax increases the amount of GABA your brain releases. GABA is a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical released by your brain, that creates relaxing and calming feelings. Many patients with anxiety disorders can have depleted GABA levels, which is why Xanax is useful in managing anxiety conditions. Xanax can induce calming sensations within 30-45 minutes of oral ingestion, with the effects lasting several hours. Xanax can also:
- Decrease your heart rate
- Cause drowsiness
- Impair your judgment
- Slow down your breathing
- Cause blackouts and/or memory loss
Because Xanax is prone to abuse, it is recommended for short-term management of anxiety disorders. Xanax is also one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country and is widely available on black markets. When taken in large amounts, or when mixed with other depressants such as opiates or alcohol, Xanax can cause a fatal overdose.
Another danger of Xanax addiction is that withdrawal can cause serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms, making it important to attend a Florida Xanax detox center. Drug and alcohol detox treatments limit your risk of experiencing complex withdrawal symptoms.
What is a Xanax Detox Center?
A Jacksonville inpatient detox center utilizes evidence-based and holistic treatments to alleviate Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can begin within 24 hours of your last use and last for more than one week. During Xanax withdrawal, it is common to experience intense anxiety and depression. These sudden mood changes can sometimes last for weeks as your brain relearns how to properly release neurotransmitters.
A Xanax detox center ensures that you have the support and supervision you need during withdrawal, which is especially important if you have severe mood changes. Medications are used by a Xanax detox center to help limit the intensity and severity of your symptoms. A Xanax detox center may taper you off of Xanax, especially if you have a serious addiction. A Xanax detox center can offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment. However, it is usually best to attend an inpatient Xanax detox center to prevent potential withdrawal complications.
Finding Treatment Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse disorder or Xanax addiction, finding help is the first step in your recovery. Completing treatment increases your chances of sustaining life-long abstinence. Finding a Xanax detox center is the best way to begin your recovery journey. To find out more about our detox treatment center and programs, or to discuss your treatment options, call us today at 866.723.3127.