Also known as alprazolam, Xanax is the registered name for this member of the benzodiazepine family. Xanax is often prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
Xanax is the number one American prescribed psychiatric medication. An Addiction Center survey discovered that over seventy percent of those who started using this drug as teens and developed a Xanax addiction started with supply in their parents’ medicine cabinet. Further, according to a CBS News report in 2011, Xanax was the eleventh most prescribed drug in the US in 2011 and, as of 2018, is now among the top 9 prescribed medications.
Recent media reports show a high level of concern that Xanax and other drugs like it are being overused in Colorado. According to a 2018 report by the National Institute of Drug Abuse Colorado deaths related to benzodiazepines like Xanax have doubled in the years from 2003 to 2012. Xanax abuse is rapidly increasing.
In 2011, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that nearly ten percent of all emergency department visits related to the abuse of prescription drugs of benzodiazepine families like Xanax.
What is Xanax?
Xanax prescriptions come in 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, one and two mg strengths. Two mg tablets are white, green, or yellow rectangles. The other strengths are oval. 0.25 mg tablets are white. 0.5 mg tablets are orange. One mg tablets are blue. These are all schedule IV controlled substances.
Its pharmaceutical name is alprazolam. Typically, the dosage is based on the medical condition, age, and response to treatment. As it is in the family of benzodiazepines, Xanax works similarly in that it acts on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. Much like benzos (link to benzo page), Xanax also enhances the interaction of brain chemicals in the body, frequently referred to as GABA.
How does Xanax work?
Users taking Xanax will feel peak effects happen within an hour or two. Often, misuse and abuse of the prescription involves users taking tablets too much or resorting to snorting, injecting, or ingesting the powdered version as the effects are felt much sooner, as well as it’s more potent. Xanax stays in your system for twelve to fifteen hours.
During that time, Xanax users may feel calm, relaxed, quiet, or tired. Drugs like cocaine or heroin produce “high” or euphoric feelings. Xanax users describe their feeling as mellow, or carefree. Some Xanax users have reported blackouts, passing out, or falling asleep. Others have experienced memory losses of up to several hours.
How do you know you are ready to seek Xanax addiction treatment? Do you experience any of these signs of Xanax addiction?
- Are you undependable and irresponsible?
- Do you suffer from preoccupations or compulsions?
- Are you experiencing memory loss?
- Are your motor skills reduced when you take Xanax?
- Have you built up a tolerance for Xanax?
- Do your emotions seem flat?
- Do you neglect personal or family or job responsibilities?
- Are you disinterested in maintaining relationships?
- Are you unconcerned about career obligations?
- Has your need for your next fix begun to dominate your life?
- Do you use Xanax compulsively?
- Do you need increasing amounts of Xanax to achieve the calming feeling?
- Is your urge so strong you can’t think of anything except your next Xanax?
- Do you keep a supply of Xanax on hand all the time?
- Do you spend money on Xanax even when it is badly needed for other things?
- Have you developed dangerous habits to get Xanax including stealing and violent acts?
- Have you tried and failed to stop using Xanax on your own?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to seek a Xanax addiction treatment and rehab program.
Xanax Addiction Treatment Colorado
Making the decision to seek Xanax addiction treatment and rehabilitation is the first step toward becoming addiction free. It is one of the most important actions if you want to recover from your Xanax addiction.
That is why our highly trained, certified, and experienced staff Aspen Ridge Recovery is committed to providing compassionate support to those struggling to overcome Xanax substance abuse. Our Xanax addiction treatment and rehab program in Colorado aims to help our clients in their quest for a substance-free life. We’re here to help.
AspenRidge Xanax Treatment Program
Overuse or misuse of prescription Xanax can result in drug dependency and addiction. At this stage, your body can become highly dependent on prescription medicine and may result in increased use. Similarly, abuse of the drug can mean users build up a tolerance causing abuse in order to feel the same desired effects of calmness and euphoria. Additionally, Xanax addiction can eventually cause withdrawal symptoms when a prescription medicine is no longer available. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Blurred Vision
- Muscle Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Heart Palpitations
Your level of dependence has reached the addiction stage when you are physically and mentally incapable of stopping the use of this drug regardless of its negative effects.
Why seek Colorado Xanax Treatment Programs?
Nearly two in every five people who take benzodiazepines like Xanax for panic, anxiety, or depression will develop an addiction to this medication. Xanax recovery is two-fold. Xanax treatment programs aim to deal with the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Medical detox lets your body wean itself from Xanax in a controlled, comfortable environment. AspenRidge Recovery can help individuals find a detox center in Colorado that is right for them prior to entering our long-term Xanax treatment program.
AspenRidge is committed to providing the best treatment to meet the unique needs of every Xanax user. With several locations across the state of Colorado, we will help place you in one of the following treatment programs:
This ninety-day drug and alcohol extended care treatment program covers all facets of the residents’ medical, educational, social, and emotional needs. Through various treatment modalities, our licensed staff members can help clients overcome Xanax misuse or addiction.
Outside of individual therapy, patients participate in groups, twelve-step/community meetings, life-skills, job training, and social interaction.
Our evening Xanax treatment program is perfect for working professionals or those with obligations during the day. We offer in-person treatment at our Fort Collins and Lakewood location as well as an online intensive outpatient program.
Outpatient program (OP)
Our evening outpatient program in Lakewood and Fort Collins includes group therapy one night a week for up to twelve weeks and incorporates strategies from the twelve-step program.
AspenRidge Xanax Intake Process
Once you have made the decision to get help with your Xanax addiction and have contacted us at AspenRidge, the next step is talking to an admissions counselor to help find the right program for you.
AspenRidge continually takes a comprehensive, as well as a custom approach with the clients that contact our Colorado recovery centers. During intake, you will be able to quickly verify insurance coverage. In addition, you will meet with one of our experienced and certified counselors to review a full history including mental health and physical health, plus substance use. With this initial intake, we can properly assess needs and provide a personalized treatment plan. Our program is led by licensed dual-diagnosis clinicians. In addition, we give clients the tools to find sobriety and maintain a sober lifestyle, long-term.
Our Colorado Addiction Treatment Centers
offer the same addiction treatment programs and support services. Our wide range of services includes group and individual counseling, addiction therapy, trauma therapy, psychiatric services, as well as life skills and recreational facilities.
The scenic mountain surroundings of AspenRidge Recovery offer an excellent facility in which to help you overcome your Xanax addiction. AspenRidge’s licensed counselors are knowledgeable and experienced in treating your physical symptoms. They are ready and able to provide the most effective addiction and rehab service tailored to your unique needs. Our mental and physical health treatment is the best in Colorado.
Our Colorado Xanax addiction treatment programs offer continued support for individuals and families. Through the journey to sobriety, you are not alone and our accredited counselors build a nurturing environment that empowers our clients to learn and apply newfound life skills.
Our experience has taught us that those who overcome addiction do so because of the availability of a comprehensive addiction treatment and rehab program that gives attention to physical, emotional, and social aspects of successful drug-free existence.
After you graduate from treatment, AspenRidge counselors are committed to helping you remain substance-free. We offer supportive alumni services to help our clients grow strong, recognize and utilize their talents and stay the course in continuing to live their life in recovery from Xanax addiction.
Contact AspenRidge Today
If you’re ready to get help, call AspenRidge Recovery to talk to an addiction specialist for free 24/7 at (855) 306-3110. We can help you verify your insurance and provide additional information on the next steps in achieving sobriety. There is hope within and we can help you discover life beyond Xanax.