Autoimmune Disorders is an umbrella term for any number of diseases that occur when the autoantibodies (a network of special cells) in one’s body attack normal cells rather than disease-carrying or foreign cells that might cause infection. In essence, the body is attacking itself. According to the Office of Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 80 known types of autoimmune diseases, including Grave’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, lupus, and vitiligo. Many of these diseases are marked by pain in different areas of the body, such as the joints, nerves, and muscles. Many times, prescription medication is required to manage those symptoms. However, some people may try to escape their pain through drugs such as alprazolam.
What is Alprazolam?
Alprazolam is a drug in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines, which enhance chemicals in the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect. These drugs are prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Taken as directed by a physician, alprazolam can be used successfully to treat these anxiety disorders.
However, when alprazolam is misused or used recreationally, the CNS in the brain begins to rely on alprazolam for a continued sense of relaxation. The brain and the body adjust to the presence of alprazolam, and over time, higher doses of alprazolam are needed to create the same affect. If this pattern continues, the brain and body will be unable to function normally without the alprazolam, and severe withdrawal symptoms will result without the ongoing usage of the drug. This underscores the importance of seeking professional help to deal with the addiction.
Treatment for Alprazolam and Autoimmune Disorders
Treatment for alprazolam begins with detox, a time during which an addict takes lower and lower doses of the drug, allowing the brain to adjust to the absence of the drug and to function without it. This detox can take any length of time, from a few weeks to a month or more, depending on the length and depth of the brain’s dependency on the drug. After undergoing detox, a person needs to complete professional inpatient or outpatient treatment that will help him or her deal with the emotional dependency on the drug.
It is also important to seek professional help because of complications that can occur due to the autoimmune disorder. Because these disorders can be unpredictable, and because these disorders are often accompanied by pain, you will need the help of a doctor and detox specialist to help you manage the symptoms of both the detox and the autoimmune disorder. These health professionals can monitor your progress and can recommend changes to your treatment as your symptoms and needs change.
Getting Help for Your Alprazolam Addiction and Autoimmune Disorder
If you are struggling with an alprazolam addiction accompanied by an autoimmune disorder, you are not alone in your struggle. We are here to help. You can call our toll-free number any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with an addiction recovery specialist who will be able to explain the best treatment options for your unique situation. Your life matters too much to have it cut short by addiction. Call us today and get the help you need.