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Xanax Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Xanax?

Xanax is a potent benzodiazepine that mental health professionals and doctors prescribe for anxiety, namely generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and insomnia. When used long-term, it can be quite addictive. However, it is the #1 prescribed psychiatric medication in the U.S. It gives a person a feeling of calm that is activated by the central nervous system (ANS) and boosts a chemical in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Approximately 70 percent of teens get it from their family’s medicine cabinet.

Developing a tolerance to Xanax can be fast, and for the person to achieve the same effects, they need to take more. Those with a Xanax addiction can take up to 20 or 30 pills a day. When stopped, however, withdrawal symptoms can be intense and begin soon after stopping the drug.

Statistics for Xanax

In 2010, there were 124,900 emergency room visits, more than doubled from 57,400 in 2005, for emergency room visits due to Xanax’s recreational abuse. 17.3 percent abused prescriptions from their doctor. 4.8 percent got them from a friend or relative, while 4.4 percent came from a dealer. In 2013, 50 million prescriptions were written for Xanax; this is an increase of 12 million from 2006 at 38 million. Since 2008, prescription rates for Xanax have been steadily increasing by 9 percent.

Signs of Addiction to Xanax

Once someone starts showing signs of addiction, it affects their family, school, work, and social life. Some of these signs are:

  • Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Continuing the use of Xanax even when it contributes to personal challenges
  • Obsessing about getting and using Xanax
  • Legal problems from using Xanax
  • Not able to stop using the drug
  • Losing control over the amount of Xanax taken
  • Risk-taking behaviors like driving while under the influence
  • Resorting to theft or dishonesty to obtain more drugs

Getting off Xanax takes time and is never recommended to go “cold turkey.” Medical supervision is vital to ensuring that someone comes off the drug safely and has the least amount of effects. It means slowly reducing the drug until it’s entirely out of an individual’s system.

Signs of Overdose

You can overdose on Xanax, which can result in several effects that cause severe health problems, including coma. Some other symptoms of overdose include:

  • Slowed heart rate
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Loss of balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty breathing

Getting immediate treatment for an overdose can save a life, so it’s crucial if you or someone you know overdoses, to get to a hospital asap.

Xanax Addiction Treatment

Overcoming an addiction to Xanax takes customized treatment that includes detoxification; this ensures the drug is out of the person’s system, and the brain can go back to its pre-addicted state. Although someone with an addiction to any drug can relapse, so it’s integral, those risks are addressed in treatment. There are many ways in which a person can get treatment for Xanax addiction, so contacting a recovery center should be the first step.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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