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Top Alprazolam Treatment Centers
Alprazolam treatment and detoxification is a part of most addiction treatment centers’ program lists these days because of how commonly available the drug is. There are no facilities that only treat for alprazolam though; rather there are drug treatment facilities that have programs and experts that can help clients suffering from physical or mental dependence on this particular controlled substance. Pathway to Recovery in Angleton, Tx. and the Pat Moore Foundation in Costa Mesa, Ca. are just two examples of high quality facilities that have added alprazolam treatments to their resumes.
What is Alprazolam?
Alprazolam is the generic name for the drug Xanax, which is prescribed as a fast-acting medication to help those that deal with anxiety and panic attacks. The drug only last for a few hours per dose, but it calms the nerves and helps people get over the physical symptoms of acute stress and fear in the short term.
Leading Causes of Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam is a controlled substance that produces pleasant effects. It’s relaxing, and many people who recreationally abuse prescription drugs may also take it with alcohol for a double dose of good feelings. However, as with any other controlled substance, addiction is caused by physically taking the drug. However, the situations where one begins to take it may vary from a recreational experiment to a medical prescription. But if you’ve never taken the drug, then you can never get addicted to it.
Why Quit Alprazolam?
Despite the positive effects that it can have for patients, alprazolam is still a controlled substance that can become addictive. In fact it’s common for those taking the drug to build up a tolerance to it that requires larger and larger doses to get the same effects as it first created. The negative side effects of the drug, aside from dependence, can include coma, stroke or death if misused or if too much is taken, along with other, negative side effects.
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Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
The most common symptom of withdrawal from this drug is anxiety, but that could be the recurrence of the symptoms that it was meant to treat originally for those who are patients. Other possible symptoms for the withdrawal include nightmares, dilated pupils, insomnia, muscular contractions, nausea, vomiting, aches and pains, dry mouth, and others. These withdrawal symptoms are similar to the list that one sees for alcohol detoxification.
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Treatment for Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam, like any other controlled substance, needs to be weaned off gradually when someone has become dependent on it. Additionally, the longer someone’s been using the drug and the higher the dosages they’re used to, the more careful a program has to be when bringing that patient off of the dosage.
Generally, the accepted practice is to step down an alprazolam addict’s dosage so that their body requires less and less of the drug, until finally the physical dependence is gone. Once that’s done, all that’s left is to overcome the desire, or the mental dependence, that they had on the drug. Combinations of group and individual therapy are often used to accomplish this.
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