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Last Updated on January 5, 2024

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Top-Rated Xanax Addiction Treatment in Atlanta, Georgia

We believe Xanax addiction is an illness that cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

Prescription drugs, like Xanax, provide a wealth of benefits for those who take them as prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax also has a potential for misuse due to the euphoric and relaxing effects of the drug. A person who misuses Xanax could develop an addiction to it.

North Atlanta Behavioral Health is here for those struggling with addiction. Our Xanax addiction treatment in Atlanta offers the support, care, and compassion that our clients need to recover from addiction.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Xanax addiction, give us a call now at (770) 230-5699 or verify your insurance now. 

Xanax is a brand-name prescription drug that treats anxiety and panic disorders. Also known by the generic name “alprazolam,” Xanax belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (benzos). Other benzos include prescription drugs like Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, and Halcion.

Benzodiazepines like Xanax slow down the central nervous system. They relieve anxiety, sedate a person to sleep, and relax the muscles. Some doctors prescribe benzos to treat seizures since they lower the level of activity in the brain.

Xanax can be addictive, especially when it is misused or taken without a prescription. Even when a person takes Xanax as prescribed, they could develop a dependency on the drug. This means that they struggle to function normally without it. Developing a dependency is not the same as an addiction, however, dependency can lead to an addiction.

Due to this dependency, patients could have withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking their prescriptions. Patients must consult their doctor before stopping the medication. 

In addition, a person could develop a high tolerance for Xanax. In other words, the effects wear off over time, and they need more of the substance to get the same benefits. For this reason, doctors and psychiatrists monitor clients closely when they take prescription Xanax. 

Because of its potential for misuse, Xanax is a Schedule IV controlled substance. Prescriptions for Xanax can only be refilled five times and cannot be filled or refilled six months after the prescription date. This practice helps physicians and psychiatrists monitor patients for misuse and addiction.

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Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

Xanax has a sedative effect, similar to other depressants, like alcohol and opioids. So, when a person misuses Xanax, they might appear drunk, lethargic, or sedated.

Physical signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurry vision
  • Impaired muscle coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping for long periods of time
  • Change in appetite

In addition, people with Xanax addiction could engage in problematic behaviors. These behaviors revolve around obtaining drugs, getting high, or they occur under the influence. 

Some common behavioral signs of Xanax addiction include the following:

  • Doctor shopping or visiting multiple healthcare providers for more pills
  • Asking others for their Xanax pills
  • Buying Xanax or similar drugs illegally
  • Isolating from others to get high
  • Loss of interest in social activities
  • Engaging in reckless behaviors under the influence

Most people display only some of the behaviors mentioned above. However, if it seems like a person’s life revolves around getting and taking Xanax pills, they likely have an addiction. Our Xanax addiction treatment in Atlanta can help them overcome addiction and cope with the underlying causes as well.

distraught young woman shows signs of Xanax addiction

How Does Xanax Addiction Treatment in Georgia Work?

Our Xanax addiction treatment works by evaluating each person’s needs and building an individualized plan accordingly. At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of care so that clients can get the treatment they need no matter where they are in recovery.

Our outpatient levels of care for Xanax addiction treatment in Atlanta include the following:

  • Outpatient Detox: Our outpatient detox program helps clients wean themselves off Xanax safely with medical monitoring and mental health support.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Our PHP program provides a high level of treatment where clients attend the program during normal business hours.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Our IOP program offers a flexible schedule for clients unable to attend our PHP program due to other obligations.
  • Evening IOP: We also offer an evening IOP program for clients who are too busy during the day to attend our regular IOP program.

Clients can advance from a high level of care to a lower one as they progress in their recovery. Alternatively, some clients can begin at a lower level of care than others due to their schedule and treatment needs. Clients can also expect specialized treatment services at all levels of care during Xanax rehab.

What to Expect at Our Xanax Rehab in Atlanta?

We also offer addiction treatment services that help clients create a plan that will work for them. Since each client has different needs, we offer a variety of treatment options. These services include both traditional and alternative approaches to treat Xanax addiction.

Our treatment services address both addiction and the underlying causes of addiction and include the following:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT programs combine behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications. The FDA currently only approves medications for alcohol and opioid disorders. Therefore, MAT could be an option for clients with a polysubstance use disorder of Xanax plus opioid or alcohol addiction.
  • Psychiatry: Many people who misuse Xanax were initially taking the drug as a prescription for anxiety or panic disorders. Our psychiatric services can help clients find alternative medications to treat these disorders.
  • Family Therapy: Addiction impacts the entire family and often disrupts these relationships. Our family therapy program can help to repair relationships with family members and other loved ones.
  • Brainspotting: For those with a history of trauma, brainspotting therapy is an innovative practice that can relieve mental health symptoms. This can be especially helpful for people who don’t respond to traditional therapies.
  • Red Light Therapy: This non-invasive form of therapy can relieve common mental health symptoms like fatigue, sleep disturbances, and low mood. Red light therapy can be a great addition to supplement traditional forms of therapy.
  • Holistic Therapy: Xanax addiction affects multiple aspects of a person’s health and well-being. Holistic therapy treats the “whole person” in recovery through mindfulness practices, exercise, and nutritional counseling.

In addition, we offer dual diagnosis treatment to address both Xanax addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.4 million people had both a mental health and substance use disorder in that year.  

People with addiction and mental health disorders exhibit similar symptoms. That is why our Xanax addiction treatment in Atlanta addresses both these issues at the same time.

How Do I Know I Need Xanax Addiction Treatment?

Oftentimes, when a person questions if they need addiction treatment, then the answer is “yes.” Each person with an addiction reaches this point on their own time. But when a person’s Xanax use is out of control or consumes a majority of their thoughts and actions, professional treatment can help them regain control.

Many people falsely believe that things must completely fall apart before they seek treatment. However, each person’s rock bottom can look different. For some people, a loved one expressing concern is enough to get them into treatment. Yet for others, they might not get treatment until they experience negative consequences, like legal or marital problems.

Regardless of where a person is in their addiction, our outpatient Xanax addiction treatment in Atlanta is here to help.

Get Help for Xanax Addiction Today

While prescription drugs like Xanax help people with anxiety and panic disorders, some people become addicted to the drug for the euphoric side effects. Alternatively, other people take the drug without a prescription to self-medicate for mental health symptoms. Regardless of how a person becomes addicted to Xanax, there is hope for recovery.

Call North Atlanta Behavioral Health at 770-230-5699 to begin our Xanax addiction treatment program today.

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