If you or someone close to you has been struggling with a Xanax use disorder of any severity, CuraWest is available to help. Our Denver, Colorado treatment center provides clients with an effective continuum of clinical care, beginning with medical detox and progressing to residential treatment. Because the symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal can be severe when left untreated, medical detox always comes as a recommended first step on the road to recovery. To learn more about the treatment services we provide or to begin your own personal journey of Xanax addiction recovery, contact us today.
Xanax is the brand name for the generic medication alprazolam, a prescription drug most frequently used in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, meaning it is a prescription sedative. This specific drug works by binding itself to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) neurotransmitters within the brain. Not only does GABA regulate anxiety, but it contributes to vision, motor control and numerous other essential cortical functions. When an individual ingests Xanax, the levels of this inhibitory neurotransmitter increase, and the individual will begin to feel calm and relaxed within 15 to 30 minutes. Some other examples of anti-anxiety benzodiazepines include Valium and Klonopin. However, Xanax remains the most frequently prescribed.
All benzodiazepines have a high risk of misuse seeing as they are both potent and habit-forming. Because of this, Xanax will generally be prescribed short-term and in moderation. Individuals who take this drug will not take it regularly; in most cases, prescribing physicians will suggest the drug is only taken when absolutely necessary like at the onset of a panic attack. Still, Xanax is one of the most frequently prescribed medications throughout the country. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that between the years 1996 and 2013, the number of American adults who filled a prescription for benzodiazepines rose over 67 percent – from 8.1 million adults to somewhere over 13.5 million. Unfortunately, many mistakenly believe that because the medication was originally prescribed by a medical professional it does not pose the same threat as illicit substances – this could not be farther from the truth. Not only is Xanax physically and psychologically damaging when misused, but abusing this highly addictive medication for any length of time can lead to serious and long-term interpersonal and health-related complications.