Rehab for Xanax

An addiction to Xanax can leave you feeling helpless. But recovery is possible. Read on to find out more about what to expect from a reputable rehab and where to get started.

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Got a Problem with Xanax?

Is Xanax ruining your life? There is hope.

You can address a drug problem with medical treatment.

In this article, we’ll give you the basic idea of what you can expect from a reputable rehab. We’ll introduce you to the steps of the treatment process. Hopefully, we’ll answer all your questions. In the case that you want to ask us something, we welcome your questions in the comment section at the end. We’ll try to answer all real-life questions personally and promptly.


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How You Get Addicted

Xanax is the brand name of the drug alprazolam, a type of benzodiazapine. Xanax is commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders but is also used to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy and insomnia. Unfortunately, regular use of Xanax can result in physical dependency. And for about a tenth of those who use Xanax, psychological dependence – addiction – can occur.

Xanax addiction often interfere with a person’s life on a number of different levels. For instance, addiction to Xanax can affect health, relationships, and financial standing. Some people may not even consider rehab for Xanax until their addiction has run a devastating course. Instead of waiting until you hit rock bottom, however, consider getting treatment for Xanax addiction as soon as possible.

Rehab Types

There are two main types of rehab for Xanax addiction: outpatient and inpatient rehab. There is no magic formula or rehab program that will work for everyone. You should choose a center that suits your needs and individual situation.

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Outpatient rehab involves attendance at weekly or daily psychotherapy sessions. Outpatient clinics are located in cities, suburbs, and even in shopping centers. They allow people to continue to work, go to school, or take care of home responsibilities while getting treatment. Outpatient rehabs are generally successful in treatment addiction, but require:

  • A strong committment to quitting.
  • A supportive home environment.
  • High motivation for change.

Inpatient rehabs require that you check into a rehabilitation center. During treatment, you live at the facility while completing the addiction treatment program. Programs run for 30 days up to one year. Residential rehab is most suitable for people with long-term, chronic use who can benefit from a healthy environment and community support.

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Assessment is Key

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Before you decide on your own whether you should attend inpatient or outpatient treatment, you’ll need a full assessment of the problem. An initial assessment of the clinical nature of Xanax addiction is essential to providing effective treatment. Assessment usually includes:

  • Drug testing
  • A physical exam
  • A medial history
  • Questionnaires
  • Psychological interviews

During an initial assessment, medical and mental health professionals try to determine exactly what a person needs to be successful in recovery. This assessment will often be used to create an addiction treatment care plan, which can include treatment for any mental health disorders that may be contributing to the addiction.


Medical detox or medical supervision is often necessary in the first few weeks or months of withdrawal. This usually involves medical supervision and a tapering schedule to slowly wean a person from Xanax. In fact, Alprazolam requires careful withdrawal to prevent seizures or other health risks. Medical detox for Xanax has a number of benefits, including a lower risk of relapse and treatment for withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • blurred vision
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • trouble concentrating
  • twitching


Effective rehab frequires a number of psychological treatments. This can include both individual and group therapy, as well as family counseling. During counseling sessions, licensed clinical psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists will help you understand more about your addiction as well as teach them coping skills they need to stop using the drug. Psychological treatment for underlying mental health problems like depression or anxiety can also be provided in rehabs.

Pharmacotherapy Or Medications

Xanax addiction is not typically treated with other medications. Instead, it’s highly advised to slowly wean themselves off of the medication under the supervision of a doctor. Any withdrawal symptoms should be minor when quitting the drug in this way, but withdrawal symptoms themselves may be able to be treated with other medications. The use of benzodiazepines is not encouraged; instead a you should learn to cope with anxiety by changing behavior.

Models And Theories About Addiction

Understanding drug addiction and how drugs affect the brain strengthen rational reasons for avoiding drugs. Individuals going through rehab for Xanax will typically attend numerous education sessions to introduce theories about the disease model of addiction, as well as genetic and environmental factors that contribute to addictive behaviors. Emphasis is placed on both physical and psychological aspects of addiction to help you better understand your problem and find ways to overcome it.

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Supportive Services

The majority of Xanax rehab programs link behavioral and psychological treatments with supportive services. People in Xanax recovery aren’t expected to go through it alone. A good Xanax rehab program offers all sorts of support, which ranges from help paying for medical bills to vocational training. A social worker may also keep track of your needs and progress through a detailed case management system.


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Your Questions

If you or a loved one is facing a Xanax problem, questions are inevitable. If you still have questions regarding rehab or even wonder if you need it, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. We look forward to helping you get started living the life that you deserve.

Reference Sources: Library of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Xanax
DEA Drug Fact Sheets: Xanax
NIDA: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)
NIDA DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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    1. Hi Nicole. You can get copies of your medical records by asking your health care provider in writing. Also, your attorney or authorized representative can also make such a request from a health care provider. Visit this website for more info:
      For the help you need I suggest you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

  1. I take 1/2 mg of Xanax a day during the work week and have for 9-10 months to control my anxiety. would you consider this a addiction. My internist says if this little amount helps it is ok.

    1. Hi Larry. It is probably not considered an addiction if you take your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, at the right times and for the full length of your prescribed treatment. However, be careful, and talk to your doctor.

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