Xanax is a potent prescription medication most commonly used to treat moderate to severe anxiety-related disorders. It is a benzodiazepine, meaning that it is a prescription tranquilizer and it has a very high potential for misuse. It is also one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health explains that there were roughly 30.5 million benzodiazepine users throughout the US during this year alone. Xanax can be addictive even when it is taken exactly as prescribed by a medical professional, seeing as users tend to develop a tolerance quite quickly (meaning that a higher dose is required in order for the same physical and psychological effects to be produced). Xanax works by binding to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid-A) receptors within the brain, producing a calming effect. Some individuals will take Xanax without a prescription in hopes of alleviating undiagnosed or untreated symptoms of an underlying mental health condition. Because Xanax addiction and untreated mental illness so often go hand in hand, Pine Tree Recovery Center has developed a unique program of Xanax detox that focuses on physical, mental and emotional health.
The Pine Tree Recovery Center Approach
When you choose Pine Tree Recovery Center, the first step upon arrival is a thorough evaluation. We understand that each person’s story of dependency is different from anyone else’s. A dependency on, or addiction to Xanax is often inadvertent and is merely the result of management, or rather mismanagement, of the insomnia or anxiety itself. This is why our professional staff performs an initial evaluation – to better understand the client’s history of Xanax use as well as the underlying anxiety issues.
With the whole picture, our team can begin the to address the issues and start the detox process. Because Xanax is a fast-acting benzodiazepine, withdrawal symptoms begin rather quickly as well – within about four to six hours after last use.
When going through detox, the initial side effect is likely to be the re-occurrence of the underlying issue. In this case, the anxiety and/or insomnia. Unfortunately, the feeling of unease may seem even more intense than was initially felt. Our staff fully understands the cycle of detox and is well prepared to manage any side-effects and symptoms the patient may experience.
Our medical team is there 24/7 to make sure that each patient is as comfortable as possible through the process and will take great care in deciding on the best method to follow for each individual. They may decide to follow treatment protocols that include a more gradual tapering-off of the substance in order to ease the occurrence of the side effects if appropriate.