Young woman in need of a Xanax addiction treatment centerDoes a Xanax addiction leave you feeling defeated? Have you tried to stop using, but find it impossible to resist cravings? Millions of Americans are living with an addiction just like yours. If you or a loved one needs help overcoming a Xanax addiction, you’ll need a high-quality Xanax addiction treatment center in your corner. Regardless of how you might be feeling today, you can successfully beat addiction and learn to never go back again.

What is Xanax?

The brand name form of alprazolam, Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine. Doctors and psychiatrists commonly prescribe it to treat individuals who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders.

Xanax elevates repressive brain activity, which results in decreased anxiety. Individuals feel the effects within an hour of consumption, and those effects typically last six hours or more.

Many people who take Xanax get hooked on the drug’s sedative effects. Individuals who participate in benzodiazepine abuse—as well as those who use it recreationally or in larger doses than prescribed—put themselves at high risk for addiction and dependence. However, even those who use the medication exactly as prescribed are at risk for addiction.

Xanax results in many effects, including sedation, feelings of elation, drowsiness, and memory problems. If you or your loved one experiences withdrawal symptoms once you stop taking the medication, it’s likely that a dependency has developed. While the disease won’t go away, the right addiction treatment can help you regain control of your life.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Both mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction can happen to anyone in this world. None of us are immune. It does not matter how much money you have, how educated you are, where you live, and the family you come from. While we all respond to mental disorders and substance abuse in different ways and our bodies also react uniquely. But the one thing that stays consistent across every demographic and situation, is that if mental health and addiction go untreated, they can be potentially deadly to you, your loved ones, and members of your surrounding community.

If you are struggling with both of these conditions, they are referred to as co-occurring disorders since they take place at the same time. It is important to keep in mind that many times either of these two can lead to the other. Drugs and alcohol can cause immense neurological damage that may disrupt mental stability while mental disorders may lead an individual to seek relief in harmful substances. When looking for rehabilitation, you should consult a dual diagnosis center like Crest View to receive comprehensive care that has a holistic approach catered to your own needs.

Addiction and mental illness are more common than you would think and both change over time. Many people feel hopeless but you should never give up. They are entirely treatable and many people have recovered in the past and remained clean. Mental disorders are defined as any illness in your brain that alters thinking, mood, and/or behavior. They can affect your ability to relate to other people, make responsible decisions, and function on a daily basis. Substance use happens when the continuing consumption of drugs and/or alcohol leads to significant impairment. This includes health problems, disability, and the inability to fulfill your duties at school, work, or home.

Combining Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Deciding to seek help is a huge step in the right direction and an incredibly difficult one. We at Crest View commend you for beginning this process towards living a more actualized life free of your afflictions. We offer addiction therapy services that tackle both your mental illness and your addiction. Our on-site psychiatrist utilizes an extensive screening process that will evaluate your struggles and come up with the best plan for recovery that will suit your needs. We will give you greater insights into the disease that is an addiction and how it can worsen your mental health.

Addiction and mental disorders are treated with different types of therapies. An effective program cannot help addicts if it does not also handle symptoms of poor mental health. Not addressing both issues will increase the risk of relapse. Our trauma-informed approach helps patients to understand the symptoms of their mental illness and addiction and so you can better manage them. Sometimes we employ the use of non-narcotic medications to stimulate your brain function. We also prescribe antidepressants that improve your brain’s ability to generate more neurotransmitters to offset the need for drugs or alcohol and stabilize the negative emotions characteristic of mental illness.

How Common is Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is when someone simultaneously experiences mental illness and substance use. Basically, it is another word for co-occurring disorders. Either can appear first and worsen the symptoms of the other. There is no set pattern for how they manifest. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million people in the United States struggle with substance abuse and mental illness at the same time. More than half of them, over four million, are men. This same survey also found that 45 percent of addicts have a concurrent mental health disorder.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has researched some facts on the prevalence of mental illness in the United States and the consequences inflicted on the lives of those individuals. Approximately 1 in 5 adults (46.6 million) experience mental illness in a calendar year. Serious mental illness costs the country $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year due to the extent to which mental health can cripple productivity. Mood disorders are also the third most common cause of hospitalization for both young people and grown-ups between the ages of 18 and 44.

Anxiety is a form of mental illness that frequently leads people to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Xanax has become a well-known form of medication in pop culture that is synonymous with anxiety management but is also highly overused. Anxiety is the most common disorder in the United States and impacts nearly 40 million civilians over the age of 18, or approximately 18.1% of the total population, every single year. Interestingly enough, anxiety can easily be treated but only 36.9% of those afflicted get the rehabilitation that they need. Those suffering from anxiety are three to five times more likely to see a doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those not impacted by an anxiety disorder.

Overcoming Xanax Addiction

A Xanax addiction isn’t just physically debilitating. It can put a strain on personal and professional relationships. But, if you’ve been unable to stop abusing the drug on your own, our proven substance abuse treatment programs can help.

Crest View Recovery Center offers real treatment solutions designed to help individuals overcome addiction and learn to live healthy, sober, and productive lives. We work with each of our clients on an individual basis to ensure the best chance at a successful and lasting recovery.

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Overcoming addiction will be one of the greatest challenges you will ever face. But, you don’t have to choose a lesser Xanax addiction treatment center for your recovery. Crest View Recovery Center has the tools and treatment opportunities needed to help win this battle for good.

Xanax Addiction Treatment Center at Crest View Recovery Center

If you’re ready to turn your life around, Crest View Recovery Center is ready to transform your addiction recovery goals into reality. Call us today at 866.327.2505 to begin your recovery journey.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.