Xanax Treatment and Rehab

Modified: 22nd Jul 2019

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines in the country. It is given to patients facing anxiety disorders to relieve the symptoms of a panic attack.

But when someone stays on Xanax too long, they begin to build up a tolerance to the medication meaning they need more of it to get the same effect. As the patient continues to up their dosage for relief, they can fall into a dangerous habit of addiction.

Once your body has become dependent upon Xanax, it’s very hard to stop taking it on your own. That’s when many people choose to seek out a treatment and rehab center to heal their addiction.

Xanax Inpatient

Inpatient treatment for Xanax starts with a gradual detox from the medication. If you have been using Xanax as a cast supporting you through a time of weakness, then this can be a very taxing process.

Xanax is not only mentally addictive, making users feel like they always need more in order to feel better or normal, but also physically addictive, with those going through treatment facing physical withdrawal symptoms for their first few weeks in treatment.

These symptoms can include:

  • shaking
  • twitching
  • increase in anxiety
  • depressive symptoms
  • high blood pressure
  • seizures

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Once someone has detoxed from Xanax, it is time for them to begin inpatient rehab. There they participate in group therapy, counseling, and learn new skills and techniques to handle their anxiety.

Inpatient rehab centers help patients come up with a plan to handle the stress that they face daily and teach them coping mechanisms.

This can include helping someone come up with a diet plan that will help them feel balanced, prescribing them other medications to stabilize their mental health, and other treatment efforts.

During this time, patients spend the majority of their time in an inpatient center working on themselves and have little interaction with friends and family members outside of the facility. It’s an opportunity for them to separate themselves from the triggers that might have drawn them to use so that they can begin to develop new behavioral patterns.

They can also help patients get at the root of their use and eradicate their need for medication altogether.

Standard Length of Xanax Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment for Xanax is usually long enough to get the patient fully detoxed and stabilized. This can be a different amount of time for every person.

Most people stay in inpatient for the first few days to up to two weeks of treatment. This is just long enough for them to transition into a place where they can begin to heal. Then they may sign up for some sort of outpatient treatment or a sober living home.

Xanax Outpatient

Outpatient treatment for Xanax addiction can consist of group counseling, educational classes, therapy, and medication management. There are various levels of treatment available based on the severity of someone’s addiction and the way they have been responding to treatment.

There are also intensive outpatient programs that can take up the entire day and last for several weeks. 

What is Outpatient Treatment?

These kinds of programs are good for people who have had difficulty functioning in their daily life and need a little bit more structure. 

They serve meals, provide a lot of different types of therapy and counseling, and can act as a good way to transition back into normal living after an inpatient stay. Intensive programs are also helpful because they keep you busy and keep your mind on recovery, helping you to prevent a relapse.

Standard Length of Xanax Outpatient Treatment

The standard length of Xanax outpatient treatment program is usually pretty lengthy, lasting 8 weeks to several months. The program helps teach patients to develop new thinking patterns and find ways to solve their problems in a healthy way.

Xanax Sober Living

Once someone has finished treatment, they are not always ready to go back into their daily lives. Home is the place where many people find the stress and triggers that led them to their addiction in the first place.

What is Xanax Sober Living?

A sober living facility provides a place for those who are further along in the treatment process to transition back into the real world. These homes are full of others who are recovering from addictions. 

They provide patients with support and stability and often have the ability to organize jobs and additional treatment services for residents who might be struggling.

What to Expect

If you enter a sober living facility, you should expect to wake up on a set schedule, work hard to help out with the chores in the house, and work a job while you are living there.

You will also have to split utility and food expenses with the other residents and maintain your sobriety while you are living there.

Ongoing Recovery

Whether you are looking into Xanax treatment options for a loved one or thinking about taking the first steps toward recovery yourself, it’s important to be familiar with the opportunities out there.

For some, inpatient treatment might be necessary. This level of treatment is best for people who have very little control over their use or those that will most likely face withdrawal symptoms with their level of use.

For those who have a little bit more control over their use, outpatient treatment options are available that can offer many of the opportunities for education and care that inpatient treatment provides.

Once treatment services have concluded, a sober living facility can be a great tool to assist in ongoing recovery. 

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.