People around the United States and here in New Hampshire take Xanax every day to combat anxiety and stress and reduce insomnia. Doctors and psychiatrists prescribe Xanax for short-term anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Unfortunately, like other benzodiazepines, long-term Xanax use can lead to addiction and problems with mental processing.
Xanax addiction treatment is the safest, most effective way to get to the root cause of Xanax use, including anxiety. At A Better State, we believe in holistic treatment for Xanax and other benzos to help clients improve their mental health and reduce addiction triggers.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Xanax or other benzos, our holistic clinic can help. With daytime and evening programs, our accessible Xanax addiction treatment programs are here to help you uncover, treat, and heal the root cause of Xanax addiction. With trauma-informed treatment for anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) alongside addiction, our substance abuse treatment programs can help you thrive. Call us now at 781.412.1488 to learn more about our Xanax addiction treatment program and get started today.
What Is Xanax?
Xanax is a benzodiazepine that slows down the brain’s processing speed by releasing high levels of GABA and dopamine. The brain naturally makes both GABA and dopamine every day, but diet, stress, co-occurring disorders, and unprocessed trauma can all affect someone’s GABA and dopamine production. Low dopamine and GABA levels can make managing stress, anxiety, and traumatic memories difficult. Dopamine handles feelings of joy and pleasure, and motivation. Low dopamine levels can make it hard for someone to meet the demands of daily life. Someone may struggle with insomnia, anxiety, and other mood disorders without normal GABA and dopamine levels.
When someone takes Xanax, their brain floods with GABA and dopamine, allowing them to sleep and avoid anxiety or panic attacks. Unfortunately, when a substance provides the brain with these chemicals, it will stop producing them. The longer someone takes Xanax, the less GABA and dopamine they will make on their own. This can quickly lead to Xanax dependence.
Do I Need a Xanax Rehab Program?
When the brain and body become dependent on Xanax, a person craves more Xanax. If you or someone you love is experiencing Xanax cravings or is anxious about running out of Xanax, it might be time for a treatment program. Like other drugs, the more often someone takes Xanax, the more they may need to feel the same effects. Signs it’s time for treatment include:
- Taking more than prescribed
- Mixing medications
- Mixing Xanax with alcohol
- Crushing pills
- Filling multiple prescriptions
- Stealing pills or buying them illegally
Withdrawal is the first sign of Xanax addiction. During withdrawal, someone may experience irrational thoughts and feel they cannot survive without more Xanax. This is the brain’s natural reaction to chemical dependence. Because Xanax slows the brain’s processing speed, it can affect how a person perceives and understands the world. This can lead to:
- Trouble understanding language
- Difficulty following conversations
- Short-term memory loss
- Trouble with reading comprehension
Like other mental health medications, stopping Xanax cold turkey can cause a “rebound” effect. This means symptoms like anxiety and insomnia will return and worsen. Enduring rebound effects without medical and psychiatric support can often lead to relapse, making treatment essential for long-term recovery.
Xanax Addiction Treatment Programs in New Hampshire
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Meditation therapy
With daytime and evening partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), our treatment center provides accessible treatment for clients in New Hampshire and beyond. With specialty care for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, we have the program for you.