Alprazolam (also known by its brand name Xanax) is a drug that enhances chemicals in central nervous system to produce a calming effect. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, such as a generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder, and use under a doctor’s supervision can treat these problems well. However, many people abuse alprazolam because it makes them feel relaxed and calm. Over time, the brain adjusts to alprazolam, so it will eventually need the drug to maintain a chemical balance. When that happens, higher doses of alprazolam are needed to create the same calming and relaxing effect, which can easily lead to addiction. At the same time physical dependence develops, users become emotionally dependent on the medication, thinking that alprazolam is the only way to cope with life’s stressors and events.
Because alprazolam affects people so strongly, they need professional help to recover. Rehab may last anywhere from 30 to 90 days, but recovery is a journey, not a destination, meaning it is a lifelong process. Recovery is about avoiding relapse and helping others, which means you will be fully recovered when you avoid relapse for good.
Recovery from Alprazolam Addiction
When people seek help for alprazolam addiction, the first phase of treatment is detox. During this stage, addicts taper their drug use down to nothing, which allows the brain to adjust to the lack of alprazolam. As an addict’s brain returns to its original chemical balance, recovery from physical side effects may take a few days to a month or more, depending on how much and how long a person has used drugs. Eventually, physical cravings for the drug will fade, and users can address their psychological cravings for the drug. The brain may fully recover from the addiction, but it will always remember what it is like to be high.
Psychological Recovery from Alprazolam Addiction
While it only takes weeks or months to break physical alprazolam addiction, psychological recovery is a lifelong process that begins in rehab. During treatment, users examine what issues led to drug abuse, such as a stressful work environment, trauma, abuse or any other factors. Recovery provides an opportunity for people to deal with those issues, which means they can avoid relapse in the future as they learn better coping skills for problems. The point of recovery is to teach addicts better ways to deal with issues in the future, so that they can avoid drug abuse when stressed. They also create plans to guard against relapse. While users are never fully recovered, because relapse is always possible, the psychological alprazolam cravings will fade over time, so users can live drug-free for good.
Alprazolam Addiction Help
If you or a loved one struggles with alprazolam addiction, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with one of our admissions coordinators about treatment. Don’t let addiction rob you of the life you want; call us today and start on the road to recovery.