Many people use Xanax as prescribed by a doctor for depression or anxiety treatment, but it can be highly addictive and easy to abuse. Xanax is designed to boost the user’s mood, which is why it can be so easy to develop a dependency on the drug. In addition, Xanax was originally intended to be prescribed and used for six weeks or less, although many doctors prescribe it to patients for much longer. It’s common to develop a dependency with prolonged use, leading to many other effects. Xanax addiction treatment has boomed in recent years due to the addictive properties of the benzodiazepine.
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know that substance abuse can surface in people from all walks of life. Seeking help for a dangerous dependency isn’t something to be ashamed of; you should be proud of yourself for taking the steps necessary to control your addiction and regain agency in your life. Our beautiful facility in Laguna Beach is a peaceful and well-equipped oasis for you to heal in, and our highly trained team is ready to stand with you every step of the way. For more information about what we can do for you or your loved one, contact us today by calling (877) 279-1777 or visiting us online to complete our secure online form.
The Long-Term Effects of Xanax Use
There are many long-term effects to prolonged Xanax use, which can include:
- Coordination loss. Prolonged use of Xanax can impact your brain cells, which can lead to a sizable loss of coordination and trouble keeping your balance.
- Cognition issues. A long-term user of Xanax may find that their brains don’t work the way they used to.
- Seizures. Xanax can be used to treat seizures in people, but with a dependency, the withdrawal symptoms can cause seizures in some.
- Psychological changes. Although Xanax is used to treat anxiety and depression, long-term use can negatively impact depression and lead to other psychological issues, such as loss of inhibition, reckless behavior, and even suicide.
- Higher tolerance. This is more dangerous than it may seem. Many people develop a tolerance to Xanax quickly and need higher doses to achieve the desired effect. This can easily lead to abuse, addiction, and obtaining the drug illegally instead of a prescription.
Getting Help for Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is more common than you may think, and treatment is available. It may feel daunting or even embarrassing to seek professional help for a substance abuse disorder, but you should understand that it’s the best way to regain control of your life. You can very easily develop a dependency on a prescription drug like Xanax, but professional treatment can help you understand the addiction and move toward recovery.
When looking for a provider to address a Xanax addiction, it may be worthwhile to consider a dual diagnosis treatment center. Many people who develop dependencies on Xanax begin their use of the benzodiazepine for anxiety treatment. A dual diagnosis approach to substance abuse will address not only your addiction but also mental health disorders that may be impacting your chance of recovery.
Anxiety Treatment at Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach offers a variety of different treatment programs to fit your individual needs. A prescription drug addiction doesn’t need to control you; in fact, we can help you learn how to control it while you work with us in a technologically advanced, beautiful facility only a short walk from the beach. If you’re interested in learning how we can help, don’t wait. Contact us today by calling us at (877) 279-1777 or by visiting us online.