Breaking free from a Xanax addiction is no easy task – but with the help of TN Detox Center’s Xanax rehab, you can find targeted treatments to help you overcome withdrawals, learn the skills necessary to sustain your recovery, and build a powerful network of social support to help you for years to come. But first, it’s essential to understand how a Xanax addiction affects your life, and what Xanax dependence treatment can do to help.
How Xanax Affects the Brain
Xanax – also sold under the generic name alprazolam – is a fast-acting benzodiazepine typically used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and insomnia. But even if you take your Xanax as prescribed, you run the risk of developing a physical dependence and addiction to this powerful drug.
Xanax works as a central nervous system depressant. When people use or misuse Xanax, they can experience several different effects, including:
- Reduced inhibitions
- Anxiety relief
- Changes in libido
- A feeling of calm and relaxation
- Memory loss
Xanax creates these effects by crossing the blood-brain barrier and latching onto GABA receptors throughout the brain. The role of GABA is to calm down your central nervous system, and taking Xanax makes the relaxing effects of your body’s natural GABA production much more potent.
But this effect comes at a cost – in time, your body begins to adjust to the effects of Xanax, becoming more stimulated when not taking the drug, and less relaxed when you do. This can lead to the well-known symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal if you suddenly stop taking Xanax, and often results in people taking more and more Xanax to achieve the desired effect.
Development of Xanax Addiction
Simultaneously, Xanax can trigger a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, the chemical responsible for feelings of reward and motivation. And just as your body adjusts to the increased effect of GABA, your brain adjusts to the increased amount of dopamine, making it harder for people to feel rewarded by anything except continuing to misuse Xanax.
The changes to the dopamine system are the key hallmark of developing an addiction. Once the changes have taken place, people can start to experience symptoms such as:
- Loss of interest in activities outside of Xanax use
- Invasive Xanax cravings
- Worsening mental health symptoms because of Xanax use
- Xanax use begins to interfere with work, school, or home life
- Multiple failed attempts to stop or cut down Xanax use on your own
- Using more Xanax than intended, or for longer than intended
These changes are why addiction is often called a brain disease – and while your brain can recover from these effects when you can achieve and maintain sobriety, many people will need the help of an evidence-based Xanax rehab center in order to do so.
How Our Xanax Addiction Treatment Centers Can Help
Treatment at our Xanax rehabs focuses on helping people overcome each aspect of their addiction – from helping you break through the dangerous and uncomfortable withdrawal phase at our medical detox center, to helping people learn how to live better and healthier lives in sobriety, to identifying and treating the underlying causes of addiction that led you to Xanax abuse in the first place.
We know that breaking free from Xanax addiction isn’t easy. But our comprehensive Xanax rehab offers several services to help you in your journey to recovery, including:
Personalized Recovery Plans
No two people share the same story of addiction. That’s why each of our clients gets a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Our team of addiction experts will work closely with you to understand the underlying issues that contribute to your addiction, identify any co-occurring mental health conditions that may influence to your substance misuse, and collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that can help you finally achieve recovery.
Individual and Group Therapy Options
Talk therapy has decades of scientific evidence proving its effectiveness at helping people achieve abstinence. Even after you’ve broken free from the physical dependence on Xanax, certain thoughts, triggers, or mental health symptoms can drive people back to relapse – but targeted strategies taught to you in individual or group therapy can help you overcome these challenges and learn to live a healthier and more productive life.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
Many people living with a Xanax addiction have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
Left untreated, the symptoms of these mental health challenges can increase the risk of relapse to Xanax use. But by integrating mental health treatment into our Xanax rehab programming, you can start to learn effective strategies for managing your mental health and drastically improve the likelihood of long-term recovery.
Building Support Networks
Nobody should have to go through the challenges of overcoming addiction alone. A core component of our Xanax rehab program is building strong relationships and connections in the community that can help inspire you on your path to recovery, including introducing our clients to addiction support groups, helping our clients heal the relationships damaged during addiction, and building camaraderie with other clients receiving treatment.
The TN Detox Center Difference
TN Detox Center is committed to providing the best in evidence-based care for people struggling with a Xanax addiction. We believe that through science-based therapies, compassionate support, and treating each client as an individual, the pathway to recovery becomes possible – and can work for you, too.
Our brand-new addiction treatment program in Nashville, TN isn’t just a place to receive therapy. It’s a safe and supportive center for people to learn to flourish in recovery, with abstinence being just the first step in a holistic path to healing and wellbeing.
When you’re ready to begin treatment, reach out to our team by calling 615-488-5311 or filling out our confidential online contact form for a no-obligation consultation. Our recovery advocates are standing by to take your call – and will be there to help you through every step of the treatment process. Don’t delay treatment any longer. A better life, free of Xanax addiction is right around the corner.