Xanax is a short acting anti-anxiety prescription medication that is part of the benzodiazepine family.
It is most commonly prescribed as a short term treatment for anxiety and panic disorders although it is also sometimes prescribed for insomnia. It is one of the more commonly abused prescription drugs because its potent sedative, relaxant and hypnotic effects are felt quite quickly and intensely. These properties make it highly psychologically addictive and cause physical dependence quite easily.
Xanax is one of the more potentially addictive benzos, which means it also has a greater potential for overdose. Taking more than prescribed or mixing any benzodiazepine with other drugs, particularly alcohol, is very dangerous and can lead to coma or overdose and death.
Some people become addicted to Xanax after having it prescribed by a doctor. Many people also buy it illegally without prescription and have never been prescribed it. They may not even suffer from anxiety but just take it for its strong effect.
Xanax withdrawal requires clinical expertise and specialist knowledge as well as ongoing monitoring as stopping taking Xanax abruptly is very dangerous. In order to manage the symptoms, the individual needs to be weened off the drug gradually. Sometimes a less addictive prescription medication will be prescribed as a short-term measure to manage withdrawal symptoms. This regime is determined after the individual has been thoroughly assessed by a doctor and is closely monitored and adjusted according to symptoms. Doctors and clinical staff at treatment centres like Seasons Bali are highly trained and experienced in supporting clients through Xanax detox, which makes the process as safe and comfortable as possible. The length of the withdrawal period and severity of symptoms depends on how much the individual has been taking and for how long.
The most effective model for Xanax treatment is the residential therapeutic community model. This consists of a specific combination of therapeutic activities such as one-on-one counselling, process group work, educational groups and relapse prevention work as well as exercise, recreation, massage, art therapy and daily outings. The overall goal is to address the underlying causes of the addiction so that ongoing, long-term recovery is possible.
Another feature of the therapeutic community is that the majority of staff are in recovery themselves. Therefore, staff really understand what residents are going through and so their support and advice is well received by clients. This allows residents to feel more at ease and have greater faith in the program and hope for the future because they are being guided by people who have successfully achieved recovery from addiction.