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Xanax®Xanax®, also known by the names Alprazolam and Niravam, is a short-acting benzodiazepine class of drug (or benzos for short) used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety associated with clinical depression. Xanax® is also available in an extended release form, Xanax® XR. Both forms are now available generically. Xanax®, like all benzodiazepines, has the potential for abuse. Although it is not manufactured illegally, Xanax® is still often diverted to the black market, particularly in the United States where Xanax® is both the most widely prescribed benzodiazepine and one of the most highly abused prescription drugs. The state of relaxation, anxiolysis, and disinhibition induced by Xanax® is the main reason for its illicit use and is the cause for addiction. At a particularly high risk for Xanax® addiction, abuse, and misuse are polydrug abusers (someone who already uses at least one substance in a recreational context). However, the following can also be an indicator of potential problems with Xanax® addiction in the future:

• Patients with a history of alcohol or drug abuse and/or dependence
• Patients with severe personality disorders or emotional instability
• Patients with chronic pain or other physical disorders

Side effects of Xanax® abuse may occur and are more likely the higher the dosage taken, these include:

• drowsiness
• decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger (increased risk taking behavior)
• depressed mood with thoughts of suicide or self harm
• hallucinations, agitation and hostility
• hyperactivity
• feeling dizziness, light headed or fainting
• urinating less than usual or not at all
• headache, fatigue, joint pain and unusual weakness (flu like symptoms)
• speech problems
• complete memory loss, (amnesia) and concentration problems
• changes in appetite (including changes in weight)
• blurred vision, unsteadiness and clumsiness (impaired coordination and balance)
• constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
• decreased sex drive
• dry mouth or increased salivation
• nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness and sweating
• pounding in the chest or rapid heartbeat
• skin inflammation
• muscle twitching, tremor and seizure (convulsions)

Over the past few years, SouthCoast Recovery has been treating Xanax® addiction more then ever before.  This past year alone, over 40 % of the clients that come to SCR for addiction treatment have been abusers of Xanax®, Valium®, Klonopin®, or other benzodiazepine drugs.  Nearly all these clients were under the age of 25.  SouthCoast’s program helps all addicts that are dealing benzodiazepine addiction, but young people are the biggest population that we are treating in the past years.  Finding a place that will approach a young person’s outlook on life, as a benzodiazepine addict is something that we do not take lightly.  It is important for families looking for help with Xanax® addiction to look at various rehabilitation solutions and make sure that a specific benzodiazepine program is available.
Xanax® abusers taking a regimen larger than 4 mg per day have an increased potential for dependence.  Xanax® addiction may cause withdrawal symptoms, including benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which in some cases have been known to cause seizures.  The discontinuation of this medication may also cause a reaction called rebound anxiety.  Other withdrawal effects reported from discontinuing Xanax® therapy include homicidal ideation, rage reactions, hyper-alertness, increased nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.  When an addict stops abusing Xanax®, they may experience the symptoms they had before taking medication.  Symptoms may also be accompanied by other reactions including changes in mood, anxiety, or sleep.  Rebound anxiety is usually a result of abrupt discontinuation of Xanax® or other benzodiazepine drugs.Physical dependence is a major factor long-term abuse and addiction to Xanax® and other benzodiazepines.

Factors which determine the severity of the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome as a a result of quitting Xanax® include:
  • dosage
  • length of abuse
  • frequency of dosing
  • method of withdrawal
  • personality characteristics of the individual
  • previous use of cross dependent/cross tolerant drugs (history of alcohol abuse or addiction to other sedative and/or hypnotic drugs)
  • current use of cross dependent/cross tolerant drugs (current alcohol addiction or addiction to other sedatives and/or hypnotic drugs)
Xanax® addiction has an exceptional history insofar as soon after its introduction, a large number of case reports were published in medical literature demonstrating severe withdrawal symptoms in cases of addiction and abuse that included withdrawal psychoses, seizures and intense rebound anxiety upon discontinuation of the abuse of Xanax®.  In the United States a survey of physicians showed that 84% of physicians reported Xanax® addiction as being extremely problematic to treat in terms of the severity and prolonged nature of the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome after the discontinuation of Xanax® abuse.

SouthCoast Recovery utilizes the most cutting edge Xanax® addiction treatment detox methods such as NTR to ease our clients through detox, making this phase as comfortable as possible. The medical and social problems of Xanax® addiction are extremely diverse and far reaching, and as a result, SouthCoast brings solutions to the client in a way that is tangible and easy to apply.  Taking this into consideration we have put together to program that takes the mind, body, spirit approach to the client’s lives.  We think that this is the best way to bring the client all of the Xanax® treatment opportunities that we have.

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At SouthCoast Recovery Xanax® Treatment Center, we understand the pain and suffering that can make it tough to get clean from Xanax®. Xanax® addicts often have many serious physical and psychological problems that can be dangerous to themselves or others if not properly cared for. Our knowledgeable staff can help Xanax® abusers overcome their unique challenges in a safe, structured environment.

Xanax® Treatment Services/Options:

• Intervention services
• Physical health evaluation
• Medically-supervised, social model and holistic detox options
• Medication to help with cravings, pain and sleep
• Continued physical care throughout recovery
• Psychological evaluation for dual diagnosis of problems such as depression and anxiety, which may be underlying causes of abuse
• Individual psychological treatment
• Individual counseling
• Family counseling
• Hypnotherapy
• Xanax® abuse education
• Health and wellness education
• Denial management
• Relapse prevention
• Anger management
• Acupuncture for pain management, stress reduction and decreased cravings
• Detoxification massage therapy
• Meditation for stress reduction, a calmer mind, reduced cravings and clarity
• Fitness sessions at gym (24-Hour Fitness)
• Integration of 12-step principles and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
• Structure, guidance and practice for long-term sobriety

Individual Attention

Getting clean takes courage, guidance, and structure. SouthCoast Recovery Xanax® Treatment Center offers intervention, detox, medication and treatment to conquer Xanax® addiction. Our world-class clinical staff offers daily individual attention to get to the heart of the problem, deal with the wreckage and build the framework for a new, sobriety-based life.

We offer affordable, effective rehabilitation on the cutting-edge. Xanax® addiction requires extended care. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day Xanax® Treatment programs tailored to the individual’s needs. We blend clinical and holistic Xanax® Treatment methods to renew mind, body and spirit while restoring relationships, goals and purpose. This prepares our clients for long-term sobriety, allowing our Xanax® addiction treatment program to excel where others fail.

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FAQ About Xanax®


Q) What is Xanax®?

A) Xanax® is prescription tranquilizer which depresses the nervous system in a way similar to alcohol.

Q) How is Xanax® used?

A) Xanax® when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin).

Q) What are the effects of Xanax®?

A) Xanax® has depressant effects on brain areas that regulate wakefulness and alertness, very similar in effect to alcohol and sedative barbiturates. They enhance the action of receptors that inhibit central nervous system stimulation, and conversely, inhibit the action of receptors that stimulate the nervous system. In other words, if the nervous system were a car, these drugs help press down the brakes but make it harder to press down on the gas.

  • difficulty concentrating
  • "floating" or disconnected sensation
  • depressed heartbeat
  • depressed breathing
  • excessive sleep and sleepiness
  • mental confusion and memory loss
  • addiction

Q) What are the withdrawal symptoms of Xanax® abuse?

A) Essentially, withdrawal symptoms for the tranquilizers feel like the opposite of the therapeutic effects. The short-acting benzodiazapines (Xanax®, Halcion, Restoril, Ativan, and Serax) can produce especially severe withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms, that are similar to those in alcohol withdrawal, include jittery, shaky feelings and any of the following:

  • rapid heartbeat
  • shaky hands
  • insomnia or disturbed sleep
  • sweating
  • irritability
  • anxiety and agitation

Q) What prescription drugs interact with Xanax®?


  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Antacid: Tagamet

Q) What is Xanax® addiction?

A) The tranquilizer, which was introduced in 1973, can become psychologically and physically addictive if taken in high doses for longer than eight weeks. Therefore, it should be - and usually is - prescribed as a temporary solution for people with stress and anxiety disorders, doctors say.

But while addiction is Xanax®'s primary risk, there's another breed of abuser out there. Like other pharmaceuticals such as OxyContin and Ritalin, Xanax® has found its way from pharmacies to drug dealers, and is being abused by young, healthy people who want to get high. These club-hopping, twentysomething, casual ``Xannie poppers'' are using the drug in combination with other stimulants, from booze to cocaine.

Prescription Fraud

Prescription fraud is a crime that is committed by many of the people who have become addicted to Xanax® that have then had their supply cut off without being referred to treatment. A Xanax® addict rationalizes thier behavior, which includes fabricating or exaggerating pain symptoms in order to illicit sympathy, seeking Xanax® from many doctors at the same time, and using fraudulent prescriptions, often created by altering the quantity or number of refills.

Most of the people who obtain Xanax® by committing prescription medication fraud are good citizens who wouldn't commit any other crime. They are simply motivated to do this by the physical symptoms of their Xanax® addiction, which may remain unrecognized by physicians. They may feel desperate and can see no way out other than the endless downward spiral of Xanax® addiction. Many Xanax® addicts often exaggerate or fabricate symptoms to a doctor hoping to convince them to prescribe more or stronger drugs than are necessary. Upon recognizing this, the a doctor may refuse to prescribe any more medication to the patient. The Xanax® addict at this point may do one of several things, and often they may end up seeing one or many other physicians simultaneously to obtain Xanax® or physician hopping. The discovery of prescriptions for Xanax® written by more than one physician is evidence of this.

Often times, Xanax® addiction goes unrecognized by all, including the Xanax® addict until abrupt changes occur. This change can come in the form of arrest and incarceration of the Xanax® addict for prescription fraud; when this happens, the Xanax® addict cannot obtain Xanax® and will go into Xanax® withdrawal.

Q) How often is Xanax® abused?

A) It is estimated that in 1999, 4 million people were currently using prescription drugs non-medically. Nearly 5 million people have at one point taken Xanax® or a similar anti-anxiety medication for nonmedicinal reasons, according to a 2000 survey conducted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Possession of a prescription drug without proof of a prescription is a felony.

More than 22,000 Xanax®-related emergency-room visits were reported in the United States in 2000, up from 16,000 seven years before, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.