Xanax (alprazolam) is classified as a benzodiazepine (ben-Zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). The drug acts on certain neurotransmitters in the brain to produce a calming effect. Doctors prescribe this medication when treating anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and some sleep disorders. One of the side effects associated with Xanax use is the drug is highly addictive. It’s also very dangerous when taken in conjunction with alcohol or prescription painkillers. The fact this drug is highly addictive is a problem for people who need the substance to function properly daily. If someone begins taking this drug while going against their doctor’s order, that’s when they expose themselves to potential Xanax addiction problems.
When a Xanax addiction becomes evident, it’s incumbent on the user to recognize they are heading down the wrong path. In case you might be wondering, here are some of the signs of Xanax addiction:
- Illicit behaviors that include stealing drugs and money for drugs
- Ongoing memory and motor control problems
- Missing time from work or school
- Changes in sex drive
- Problems with personal relationships
- Loss of interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities
- Weight changes
If you or any of your loved ones are showing any of these signs of addiction, it should serve as a warning sign that trouble is coming. Instead of facing increasing life difficulties, it might be a better idea for someone to think about getting help. Of course, residential treatment would likely be the preferred treatment option. With that said, it is understandable that some people simply can’t abide by the restrictive nature of a residential treatment program. In such cases, outpatient treatment becomes the preferred option.
Is There a Reliable Outpatient Drug Rehab for Xanax Addiction?
During outpatient treatment, clients are permitted to live at home. Their treatment program revolves around their ability to meet certain treatment obligations, including:
- Showing up for all schedule therapy sessions on time
- Zero tolerance for substance use without a Doctor’s prescription
- Willingness to submit to random drug testing
- Continuing to show good progress at all times
Yes, there are lots of really good outpatient programs for Xanax addiction. Our facility definitely treats people with such an addiction. The primary thing a Xanax addict needs to concern themselves with is getting to the point they can admit they have a problem and want help. When that happens, the possibility of recovery increases tenfold.
After resolving themselves to getting help and opting for an outpatient treatment option, the last decision clients need to make is what type of outpatient program they should choose. Here are the three primary options, including the general time requirements for each option:
- General Outpatient or OP: requires 2 to 4 hours of treatment a week for several months
- Intensive Outpatient or IOP): requires 12 to 20 hours of treatment a week for several months
- Partial Hospitalization or PHP: requires 30 to 40 hours of treatment a week for several months
As part of all three of these options, individual therapy is the primary focus of treatment. The time spent in therapy is intended to take each client on a journey of self-discovery. The journey takes each client into their soul in search of the root causes of their addiction. Clients need an understanding of why they feel the need to harm themselves with drugs or alcohol. With understanding comes the ability to improve coping skills, skills that can be used in the future to prevent relapses. It’s worth noting that because of the large amount of time invested in a PHP program, clients do get the opportunity to participate in group therapy sessions and workshops.
These are both treatment options that help provide a stronger base for recovery. As it pertains to group therapy, clients get a chance to work with other clients with the hope they can build mutual support resources for the future. If you are addicted to Xanax, now is as good a time as any to think about stopping the abuse of said drug. You need to stop now before you create any further problems or collateral damage. We would like to ask you to contact us at 833-610-1174. During that initial phone call, we can tell you about our facility and addiction treatment services. After that, we would like to bring you into the facility so we can begin the treatment process.