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Xanax Addiction Treatment

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Recovery from Xanax addiction is possible, and GateHouse is ready to stand by your side. For individuals who are ready to overcome their addiction, we offer a personal approach to treatment that is based on proven methodologies. We give you the tools needed to build a strong recovery by promoting personal responsibility and accountability. We are personally invested in our clients’ recovery process, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy.

Xanax addiction involves the mental disease of addiction and therefore requires comprehensive therapy to help the client battle the mental cravings. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven to be effective in helping client with this addiction. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality used by several licensed clinicians to help with the therapy process in clients suffering from addiction. The main idea in CBT is that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected in a way that all influence one another. In turn, by modifying one such as feelings, you can then change your behaviors and thoughts that could be affecting you adversely.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Xanax addiction, reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help.

What is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax is classified in the sedative and Anxiolytic class of drugs called Benzodiazepine, with the generic name ‘Alprazolam.’ Xanax pills are normally prescribed by a psychiatrist to treat unbalanced chemicals in the brain to help ease or avoid anxiety symptoms or panic attacks. While it can have medical benefits, its effects and chemical properties make it easily addictive, making the potential for abuse very high.

Xanax History

Alprazolam (Xanax pills) were introduced to the US market in 1981. Different from previous benzodiazepines, it has an immediate onset of action, and allows the body to eliminate the chemical quicker than other existing benzodiazepines.

The U.S. FDA approved alprazolam on October 16th, 1981, and it became a Schedule IV drug of the Controlled Substance Act in November 1981.By the 1990’s, Xanax pills were one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety disorder and panic attacks.

Common Street Names for Xanax Pills:

  • Benzos
  • Xannies
  • Handlebars
  • School buses
  • Bars
  • Blue footballs
  • Zannies

Physiology and Side Effects of Xanax Pills

Xanax is processed by the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain. Xanax pills work by binding y-aminobutyric acid A (GABA) receptors in the brain and boosting these brain chemicals, which results in slowing down nerve cell activity in the brain.

In smaller doses, Xanax pills can work to reduce emotions of anxiety and panic attacks but in larger doses can produce a euphoric effect, with serious addictive properties.

Taking Xanax can have many side effects and the user can build a tolerance to the effect the longer the medication is used. Side effects can include:

  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Muscle Movements
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight Gain

Understanding Xanax Pills Addiction

When orally taken, Xanax pills give the user a relaxing euphoria, making the user feel calm. Over time, when repeatedly used, the drug prevents the brain from naturally providing chemicals that recognizes pleasure, causing the user to only feel pleasure when using Xanax. If individuals take more than prescribed or use without a prescription, this is considered abuse. If the addiction becomes severe, Xanax detox may be necessary for recovery.

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Xanax Quick Facts

  • There are 50 MM written prescriptions for benzodiazepines every year
  • Prescription rates for Xanax are up 9% every year
  • 7 out of 10 people who are addicted to Xanax, first find them in their homes
  • 33% of long-term Xanax users report an increase in depression symptoms
  • 125,000 annual ER visits due to Xanax abuse
  • 61,000 people seek help for Xanax abuse yearly
  • Xanax stays in the body for 12-15 hours
  • Addictions can involve 20-30 pills taken daily

Signs of Xanax Abuse

While people can exhibit different signs & symptoms when abusing Xanax pills, some common symptoms include:


Anxiety, mood swings, agitation, mania, restlessness, depression, rage


Stealing, confusion, memory problems, disorientation, forging prescriptions, changes in appetite, violence, decreased inhibitions, slurred speech, risky behaviors


Dry mouth, coordination problems, constipation/diarrhea, fluctuations in weight, sweating, stuffy nose, drowsiness, swelling in hands and feet, tremors, seizures, hallucinations

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