Xanax Addiction

Xanax Addiction

Xanax addiction is a growing problem that tragically affects many thousands of people across the US, North America and the world. Xanax use has, according to the CDC, increased its death toll by four-fold comparing 2002 and 2015 reported numbers of Xanax induced overdose deaths. 


What is Xanax? 

Xanax is a fast-acting sedative, used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and also to counteract nausea in chemotherapy patients. Xanax is a CNS depressant drug, in the benzodiazepine class. The effects of the drug are euphoric, sedative, slowing heart rate, breathing, and calming stress and anxiety. Physicians prescribe this benzo drug more often than any other in its class. 

Because of its powerful ability to slow both the body and mind, those combining it with alcohol or other depressant drugs can risk overdose and death. Unfortunately, this happens all too often, especially in teens who seek to access their parents' supply for recreational use. For this reason, parents would best be cautioned not to keep drugs such as Xanax easy to access in an open family medicine cabinet.

Addictive Properties of Xanax

Xanax, similar to other benzo type drugs, can become addictive in a short period. Its mental and its physical effects (at least in the beginning) are designed to be pleasurable and to achieve its effects without delay, much like taking a drink of alcohol. The pattern of addiction is reinforced by the way the drug highjacks the CNS, which is the domain of both brain and body, and pleasure and pain centers therein. 

Users describe the effects of Xanax as similar to alcohol, producing a feeling of drunkenness, talkativeness, and inducing feelings of relaxation, which may alleviate social anxiety at parties or other social settings. However, after the drug wears off, the user will experience the opposite types of feelings, such as paranoia, fear, stress, anxiety, introversion, tenseness, etc.  As this usage behavior repeats, the brain becomes "trained" into an addictive trap, and drug dependence, and the need to take more of the drug to alleviate these intense unwanted feelings can become profound. 

Treatment Options

The Alternative to Meds Center offers effective Xanax addiction treatment that is holistic, using a multitude of therapies that are designed to help a person heal after drug damages, and also to dismantle the addictive patterns that keep a person trapped in their addiction or dependent upon medication. 

Each program is designed for the individual to address the exact areas they wish to improve. The program, delivered in a luxurious residential setting, provides safe and supportive companionship and care ongoing. Our medical team offers careful medical oversight throughout each client's stay.

  • a full body cleanse, neurotoxin removal
  • safe and gentle taper process
  • testing and treating nutritional deficiencies
  • mostly organic, locally sourced foods our chef uses in meals, snacks, smoothies, etc. 
  • IV therapies for chelation, hydration, intense vitamin replenishment, etc.
  • colonics
  • relaxation therapies, yoga, meditation, massage, etc. 
  • private counseling
  • life coaching
  • peer discussion groups (not 12 step) 

Contact the Alternative to Meds Center for help today. All of our admissions staff have detailed knowledge of the program to share and are happy to discuss Xanax alternatives and treatment options with you, and answer any questions you may have. Don't delay. Call today and find out how to begin your path back to wellness as you heal from the damages of Xanax addiction.


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