Compared to substances like alcohol and heroin, it may seem that Xanax is a much less problematic substance. However, Xanax remains an extremely problematic substance as one of the most commonly abused of all benzodiazepine and prescription drugs. Thus, Serene Beginnings offers an intensive outpatient program for Xanax addiction, a high-quality program that can be fine-tuned to each patient’s specific needs. Rather than adhering to a strict set of treatments and therapeutic methods, our IOP for Xanax addiction is adaptable, ensuring that each patient is provided with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to achieve long-lasting sobriety.
There are many mind-altering substances that have proven to be quite addictive. Of course, alcohol remains the most problematic of all substances, which is largely due to the fact that it’s legally available for purchase and consumption. However, over the years there have been many other substances to become problematic on a large scale. Although we’ve been hearing a lot about heroin and opiate drugs, Xanax continues to be one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Further, due to the type of substance Xanax is, it is arguably a bigger concern than heroin, painkillers, and any other opioid drugs.
While heroin is considered an opioid drug due to its close proximity to opium, Xanax is classified as a benzodiazepine. Although Xanax and heroin share certain effects — for example, both drugs have depressant-like effects due to making users drowsy and lethargic — it doesn’t bond with the brain’s opiate receptors. Therefore, Xanax is not a painkiller.
As a benzodiazepine, Xanax affects the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. When a person is experiencing stress and/or anxiety, the brain naturally releases gamma-aminobutyric acid (or “GABA” for short) so as to make the individual feel calmer; however, Xanax and other benzodiazepines unnaturally elevate GABA levels in the brain, which is why benzodiazepine medications are commonly prescribed to individuals who suffer from anxiety-related disorders. The problem with abusing Xanax and other benzodiazepines is that, as the brain gets acclimated to having elevated GABA levels much of the time, natural GABA production slows significantly as the brain comes to rely on the prescription medication as the primary or sole source of GABA. This can be a major problem when someone who’s become addicted to Xanax is unable to obtain or consume Xanax; with the brain producing little to no GABA on its own, there’s a major GABA deficit, which can result in withdrawal symptoms that can become so severe as to be life-threatening.
It’s worth noting, too, that the effect of Xanax and other benzodiazepines on GABA in the brain is echoed by alcohol, which similarly triggers elevated GABA. As such, the brains of individuals who have become addicted to alcohol have become dependent on alcohol as the main source of GABA, putting these individuals at risk of a life-threatening condition known as delirium tremens when they’re unable to consume GABA. It’s for this reason that alcoholism and addiction benzodiazepines like Xanax are widely considered to be the most dangerous addictions of all with recovery requiring an appropriate level of medical care.
XANAX AND ITS EFFECTS
If the different types of addiction treatment programs exist on a spectrum, inpatient care would be on one end and outpatient care would be on the other. In short, inpatient care is the type of treatment wherein patients temporarily live on-site for the duration of treatment; by comparison, outpatient care allows individuals to continue living at home or perhaps at a transitional living facility while commuting to treatment on designated days. As such, intensive outpatient treatment exists somewhere in-between inpatient and outpatient care, offering some of the key traits of each type of treatment in a single program.
While there are many reasons why a person might be unable to complete an addiction treatment program, one of the most common is the inability to fit inpatient care into one’s schedule. Of course, it’s most prohibitive for individuals who have inflexible careers, familial obligations, and other such responsibilities. For such individuals, even though inpatient care would provide them with the greatest potential to achieve lasting sobriety, taking an extended leave of absence from their lives is simply not an option. Fortunately, an intensive outpatient program for Xanax addiction can be the ideal solution.
With a standard outpatient program, a person receives much less treatment than if he or she was in an inpatient program. Many outpatient programs provide treatment for just a few days per week with no more than three or four hours of treatment on each of those days. While this limited amount of treatment is better than receiving no treatment at all, it’s going to be insufficient for most needs and is likely to result in a person requiring another round of treatment in the future. But a Xanax addiction IOP can offer a much more inpatient-like level of treatment while maintaining the flexibility that’s long been a defining characteristic of outpatient care.
THE RIGHT TREATMENT OPTION
Since it offers much the same level and quality of treatment as an inpatient program, the foundation of our intensive outpatient program for Xanax addiction is counseling and psychotherapy. It’s important to remember that psychotherapy is the foundation of virtually any high-quality addiction treatment program. The purpose of counseling in a Xanax addiction treatment program is to uncover the main causes of the addiction and to help the patient develop strategies to avoid, compensate for, or address those causes, thereby preventing those causes from contributing to relapses in the future. In short, counseling helps a person to understand why and how they became addicted to Xanax and to fortify their newfound sobriety.
In addition to counseling and psychotherapy, IOP for Xanax addiction includes numerous opportunities for patients to participate in group therapies. Most group therapy options are either psychoeducational or interpersonal processes groups; in other words, these are group therapy sessions that serve to either help individuals learn more about addiction and recovery or to help recovering patients with refining their social skills and learning how to build or maintain relationships while free from substance abuse. As well, there are a number of complementary and alternative treatment options available with which patients can individualize the recovery curriculum.
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BREAK FREE FROM XANAX ABUSE
Rather than forcing patients to adhere to a strict set of treatments and therapies, our intensive outpatient program for Xanax addiction in Delray Beach is highly customizable. Since no two individuals have the exact same recovery needs, it’s important to be able to tailor the curriculum so that it can meet diverse needs. In other words, each patient’s program will consist of addiction treatment services that have been chosen because they correspond to the patient’s specific background, the severity of his or her substance abuse problem, and the patient’s overall recovery needs.