IOP for Xanax Addiction
Intensive Outpatient Program for Xanax Addiction
Xanax and its effects
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.