Alprazolam, also known by the brand name Xanax, is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate to severe stress. The drug is prescribed for short-term use and is the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine. Alprazolam is designed to increase the effects of neurotransmitters in the brain that help reduce anxiety. The effects of the drug on the brain may be one of the reasons why your son or daughter cannot stop using alprazolam without assistance.
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
A common occurrence for people on a regular regime of medication is what is referred to as the “rebound effect.” During a rebound, an individual believes that he or she is experiencing the same symptoms that the individual originally experienced when he or she started taking the medication. In the case of alprazolam, individuals may experience anxiety, panic or stress at levels that they perceive to be greater than before their treatment began. Additional withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Tachycardia or rapid heart beat
- Homicidal ideas
Due to these withdrawal symptoms and psychological dependence on the drug, a person withdrawing from alprazolam requires medical support.
Alprazolam Abuse Statistics
Even though benzodiazepines are in the Schedule IV category of the Controlled Substances Act, they are often abused. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1.9 million youth (or 7.7 percent) ages 12 to 17 abused prescription drugs in 2008. In fact, the NIDA’s study suggests that each day an average of 2,000 teenagers ages 12 to 17 used a prescription drug for the first time without a doctor’s guidance.
Integrated Treatment for Alprazolam Abuse
Anxiety, panic attacks and severe stress are considered mental health issues. If an individual is suffering from one of these issues as well as alprazolam addiction, the individual has a co-occurring condition, which requires an integrated treatment program.
The primary benefit of an integrated treatment program is that both mental health and substance abuse treatment services are provided by the same team at the same time. This coordinated approach enables a person to be treated for anxiety and alprazolam abuse simultaneously, providing a more comprehensive program of treatment.
Integrated treatment programs provide all of the standard services of a traditional substance abuse program, including medically supervised detox, individual and group counseling, life skills training and aftercare support. It is the underlying philosophy of integrated treatment programs that makes them unique. This philosophy recognizes that the patient plays a major role in both the management of his or her disorder and in making progress towards his or her recovery goals. This “self-help” orientation better prepares an individual to succeed in recovery after he or she leaves the treatment program.
The traditional services of substance abuse treatment programs provide addicts with the physical, psychological and emotional services they need to succeed in their recovery. With an integrated treatment program, the added insurance for success is that the addict is always actively involved in the decision making.
Get Help for Alprazolam Addiction
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