Overcoming Recovery Plateaus

Overcoming Recovery PlateausXanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription drugs like Xanax accounted for approximately one million visits to the emergency departments of hospitals and clinics in 2009. Central nervous system depressants like Xanax were responsible in roughly 343,000 of those visits. Clearly, addiction to Xanax is a problem that requires professional intervention for treatment and recovery.

Recovery from Xanax addiction is a lifelong process. However, recovery occurs in several stages that are marked by different markers and characteristics. According to SAMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), stages of addiction recovery can include the following:

  • Transition – A Xanax addict realizes that attempts to control his substance use are not working and seeks treatment.
  • Stabilization – During stabilization, an addict experiences physical withdrawal and begins to regain control of his thoughts and behavior.
  • Early recovery – In this stage, an addict changes the behavioral patterns that led to addiction and develops relationships that encourage recovery.
  • Middle recovery stage – A recovering Xanax addict learns how to build a more effective lifestyle and seeks to repair damage that occurred during his active addiction.
  • Late recovery stage – During this phase, an addict examines his childhood, family and underlying factors that may have led to faulty beliefs and addictive behavior. Also during this phase, the addict may deal with current or past trauma that could trigger relapse.
  • Maintenance stage – An addict learns to cope in healthy ways without reverting to substance use.

How long it takes for an addict to move through the recovery process will vary drastically for each person. During these phases, Xanax addicts may experience recovery plateaus.

What Are Recovery Plateaus?

According to Psychology Today, a recovery plateau occurs when one’s behavior levels out and when a level of active learning has been achieved. Plateaus are normal for addicts to experience. While it may seem that growth has stagnated, plateaus can offer the opportunity for an addict to rest, regain energy and renew his desire to push forward toward further growth. Some common symptoms of Xanax recovery plateaus can include the following:

  • Feeling like you are not moving forward or growing
  • Experiencing a sense of apathy
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • Being unable to readily recognize changes
  • Having a sense of hopelessness about recovery
  • Feeling like you have hit a wall
  • Wanting more from recovery
  • Experiencing a lack of energy

While these symptoms may seem to indicate that growth has stopped, these feelings can be overcome and further growth can be experienced.

How to Overcome Xanax Recovery Plateaus

The first step in overcoming Xanax recovery plateaus is recognizing that this too shall pass. In other words, these feelings of stagnation are temporary and will fade. The key is choosing to move forward in spite of one’s emotions, instead of letting emotions dictate your further growth. You can progress further in your recovery. Some ways to overcome recovery plateaus include the following:

  • Going to meetings – At those meetings, share how you are feeling with those on the recovery journey with you. They will be able to share from their experiences and will be able to challenge areas of growth that you may be blind to. As always, honesty is the key. Do not sugarcoat or skirt around issues that need to be addressed.
  • Check your sense of humor – Yes, recovery is very serious business. But if you focus on it too much, you can forget that life is full of funny and joyful experiences too. Read a funny book. Watch a funny show. Hang out with people who make you laugh. It is good for the soul.
  • Find something that brings you excitement and joy – Recovery can take up your time and effort. You need to find something that will bring joy, energy and excitement. It could be as simple as a dinner out with friends or as elaborate as a well-deserved family vacation.
  • Remember the basics – Eating, sleeping and exercise are foundational basics to recovery. They affect you emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. Check to make sure you are getting enough sleep, which for most people will be around eight hours per night. Evaluate whether you have been eating too much junk food. Both poor sleep habits and poor diet can make you feel sluggish or stuck.
  • Look back at your successes – Sometimes taking a look back at how far you have come will provide the needed boost to progress into the future. It also helps removes battle discouragement. Future change is important, but so is past success.
  • Get a check-up – A visit to the doctor can make all the difference in your recovery. You may discover a physical cause for your emotional state. Thyroid problems, low blood sugar, hormone imbalances or a simple cold could cause major shifts in mood and energy levels. Some physical conditions can even contribute to depression.
  • Increase social encounters – Have you been spending a lot of time alone? Have you lost touch with friends and loved ones? It may help to make a concerted effort to spend time with others. Perhaps you could increase group meetings or make a phone call to get in touch with a friend you miss. Remember, you social network is key in recovery.

Again, one of the keys is to remember that how you are feeling can shift and fade. The feeling of being stuck will end as you push through and do the things you know are important for recovery.

Getting Help for Your Xanax Addiction

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