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Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a common prescription drug used to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, depression, and nausea related to cancer treatment. It is also an extremely addictive substance with a high likelihood of misuse and a significant potential for a life-threatening overdose.

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How Xanax Works and How It Harms

Xanax belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” which are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In fact, in a 2018 study, it was estimated that 1 in 8 adults had used a benzodiazepine within the previous 12 months. 

Like other benzodiazepines, Xanax produces its tranquilizing effects by operating as a central nervous system depressant. More specifically, Xanax triggers the release of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is a brain chemical that inhibits autonomic responses, including suppressing respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure.

The sedating effects of Xanax are amplified when used in conjunction with other CNS depressants, such as alcohol and opioids. This contributes to the high rates of lethal overdose associated with Xanax and other benzos.

Unfortunately, however, Xanax addiction isn’t just instigated by the powerful tranquilizing effects of the drug. 

Xanax also triggers a surge of dopamine, the brain’s feel-good chemical. This means that Xanax users may also experience a rush of euphoria when exposed to the drug, and it is often this rush that catalyzes the addiction, as users must consume ever-higher quantities of the drug to achieve the desired effects. 

Exposure to benzodiazepines such as Xanax changes both the structure and the functioning of the brain, particularly in regard to the release, absorption, and synaptic response to the neurotransmitters GABA and dopamine. The result is a constellation of physical and psychological symptoms that, when left untreated, may be life-threatening. 

The signs of Xanax addiction include:

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Quit Abusing Xanax for Good

How Bayshore Can Help

At Bayshore, we well understand the dangers of Xanax addiction. We also recognize the immense challenges associated with getting clean. As Xanax is one of the most addictive and potentially life-threatening drugs known today, we offer intensive and specialized care for the treatment of Xanax dependency.

For persons with Xanax addiction, the detoxification process can be both painful and dangerous if attempted without the appropriate medical supervision. Bayshore’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, mental healthcare providers, and addiction recovery experts can provide the intensive supervision and support you need when experiencing Xanax withdrawal. 

Because we are a fully accredited facility and hold LegitScript and Joint Commission certifications, we are authorized to provide short-term pharmaceutical therapy as appropriate to support your comfort and safety through the detoxification process.

After detox, we provide personalized, comprehensive, evidence-based residential care to promote your recovery. This includes individual, small group, and family mental health counseling, music and art therapy, nutrition education, yoga classes, and massage therapy to help you cultivate new habits of self-care. In addition, we provide robust after-care support, including connecting you with addiction recovery specialists in your area to promote your continued sobriety.


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