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Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Xanax Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Since Xanax is a prescription medication, it is a common misconception among general public that its use is not associated with any significant side effects. This is not true at all. In fact, prescription medications make a significant part of all types of substances people are addicted to. Most Xanax addicts start taking it as a part of their treatment and end up becoming addicted to it without even realizing it.  The chances of development of addiction are increased a great deal when the drug is abused. A rehabilitation center can be immensely helpful to enable a patient make a speedy recovery. At SLO Recovery Centers, every patient is given individual attention. An assessment is made depending upon the condition of the patient and a treatment is provided accordingly.

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Treatment options for Xanax addiction:

  • Inpatient treatment programs:Inpatient treatment is the most intensive type of treatment. The patient is made to live in a specially designed facility during the treatment. The patient may have to live for varying periods of time usually ranging between a few weeks to a few months depending upon the condition and recovery rate of the patient. Xanax addiction treatment is not as painful process as the treatment of other heavy drugs, so the patient doesn’t have to live in rehab center for long. SLO Recovery Centers use advanced techniques to facilitate the process of recovery. The experts at the center monitor the condition of the patient 24/7 and provide all the treatment needed. Chances of recovery increase a great deal for patients who opt for inpatient treatment programs. These are highly recommended for the patients who have been dependent on Xanax for long periods of time.
  • Partial hospitalization program:Partial hospitalization program is offered to the patients who need something more than outpatient treatment. It is highly recommended for the patients experiencing severe mental health issues. A team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists and psychologists takes care of the patient at SLO Recovery Centers during the process.
  • Outpatient treatment programs:Outpatient treatment offers same facilities excluding the living in part. The patient is allowed to live at home, performing his everyday tasks, while getting treated at the same time. It is a suitable program for patients who cannot afford to quit their job or education and move in to a rehab center. Also, it costs less. Most of the Xanax addicts can be treated by outpatient treatment. However, those with poor mental health may need inpatient treatment. The patient is also required to visit rehab center from time to time depending upon his condition. Having a supportive family at background not only speeds up the recovery process but also increases success rates.

Use of behavioral therapies:

A number of therapies are employed during the process of drug rehabilitation. Drug abuse ends up ruining whole life of the addict. He loses his friends, career, job and even family. Drug rehabilitation is a process that involves preparing the patient for a new life. The goal is to cure the addict of the addiction and prepare him to start his life all over again. It is only possible if therapies are used. From the start to end, therapies play a crucial role. Some commonly offered therapies offered at SLO Recovery Centers include:

  • Individual therapy:It is a one on one treatment approach that involves the patient and his therapist. The counselor discusses every aspects of addiction including what lead him to it and what his triggers are. The patient is then treated to remove the root cause of the addiction. Also, it is made sure that the patient knows his triggers and avoids them successfully.
  • Group therapy:Group therapy involves a number of patients. Talking to each other about their coping mechanisms can help the patients learn a lot. Group therapy also helps the patients stay determined and focused on their recovery.
  • Spouse/family therapy:Spouse or family therapy involves the patient and his family/spouse. It can help to facilitate the process of communication between the addict and his family. The family is able to understand the condition of the patient in a better way.

Use of medications:

A number of medications are used through the process to make the treatment less painful. Most of the times, a less addictive and less potent benzodiazepine is used to ease withdrawal symptoms. Diazepam can be prescribed to treat severe symptoms like seizures. It acts as a substitute for Xanax through the process.

Klonopin can also help to reduce withdrawal symptoms. However, while taking these medications, medical supervision is necessary since these drugs are addictive themselves.

Treatment of co-occurring conditions:

Co-occurring conditions are referred to a situation where an underlying psychological disorder is present along with drug addiction. Since most of the addicts start taking Xanax for the treatment of anxiety or panic disorder, the presence of a psychological condition is inevitable. Even though the addiction can be treated, the mental disorder still persists and does not go away without proper treatment. Recognizing and treating such issues is given due importance at SLO Recovery Centers. The treatment of addiction is not possible unless these conditions are treated as well. There are great chances of relapsing if such disorders are left unattended.

Relapse prevention:

The chances of relapse never truly go away even after a complete treatment. A major portion of recovered addicts ends up relapsing. The chances are increased even further when a proper treatment program is not availed. It is important to know relapse prevention techniques to successfully avoid the temptations.

  • Know your triggers: There are certain triggers that lead a patient towards drug abuse. Knowing these triggers can help the patient to avoid or resist them. Stress is the major trigger for most of the patients. Certain methods can be used to reduce stress such as exercise, yoga, acupuncture, massage etc.
  • Keep healthy company: Keeping healthy company is important to maintain a life of sobriety. The circle of addicts should be abandoned as soon as possible. Having friends who abuse drugs can be the biggest reason of a relapse.
  • Have a support system: Having supportive family and friends at back can be immensely helpful to stay sober. The patient can tell his triggers to his friends and family and they can help him avoid them. Also, being held accountable can also be a factor for the patient to keep his hands off drug.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Eating healthy, doing regular exercise and yoga and staying positive can help the patient stay drug free for the rest of his life.