How Xanax Addiction Affects the Brain
As a benzodiazepine Xanax effectively lowers the excitement levels in the brain and gives a person a feeling of calm. Xanax is the most often prescribed medication for short-term use to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate to severe stress. Because it is extremely addictive, Xanax is only approved by the FDA for up to 8 weeks of use.
Effects of Xanax
When physicians prescribe Xanax, they do so knowing that the drug will impact the excitement levels in the brain. They rely on Xanax to calm neurons so that the brain, in turn, calms the body. While it is medically appropriate to help a person deal with anxiety through medicine, Xanax affects much more than anxiety. Xanax can create other problems such as the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mental confusion
- Loss of concentration
- Slurred speech
Although it is usually not a doctor’s intent to cause people to experience these other effects, there is considerable research to suggest that all of the impacts that Xanax has on the brain are not fully understood.
Do You Need Help with Xanax Addiction?
Paradoxically, when people stop using Xanax, they experience panic attacks and emotions similar to grief. In addition, a person may experience other emotions:
- Feelings of unreality/detachment from self
- Abnormal sensitivity to sensory stimuli
- Obsessive negative thoughts
- Impairment of cognitive functioning
- Suicidal thoughts
Therefore, it is recommended that addicts seek assistance in removing Xanax from their bodies. To ensure success and give the addict confidence in their recovery, medically supervised detox is recommended for several reasons:
- To ensure safety, comfort, and success in this first critical step of recovery
- Trained and experienced medical staff
- Highly qualified counseling staff
- Staff facilitate the transition from detox to counseling as part of a comprehensive treatment plan
- Personalized assessments enable the medical professionals to determine a detox protocol that is most effective for each person
- Factoring in other contingencies, the medical professional may also add to the protocol such items as administering fluids, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to strengthen the body
- Detox is monitored and adjusted as needed
- Patients receive both physical and emotional support from the withdrawal symptoms
- The professional staff are available around the clock
Get Help with Xanax Addiction
There are many options available to those who want help with Xanax. If you need assistance learning about interventions, getting started in finding the right treatment program, understanding your insurance benefits, or exploring addiction recovery, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Xanax addiction treatment. We are here to help.