Benzo Addiction Treatment Center in Thailand

Xanax Withdrawal Can Be Rough but Help is Here

Life in these troubled times can be tough. Medical doctors sometimes think they’re doing us a favor by prescribing benzos for anxiety. Some of us may have experienced some form of anxiety which can lead to the dreaded panic attack.

When we think that life has gotten too hard to handle, we can end up asking for medical advice. We want something to help us cope with that constant sick feeling of dread, worrying if the next bout of anxiety is going to mess up the day.

If you feel fearful at the prospect of benzo addiction treatment, be assured – it’s normal. If you are struggling with addiction to any of the benzos, the decision to get help is a very important first step. You are unique – and your treatment will be as well.

At our benzo addiction rehab in Thailand, you will get time out from all your problems and the stress of life, and you’ll be able to focus on getting well.

What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines (pronounced ben-zoh-die-AZ-a-peens) are medications which slow down messages travelling between the brain and body. They are central nervous system depressants which also include alcohol, cannabis and heroin.

Benzos are minor tranquillisers, usually prescribed by doctors to relieve stress and anxiety and to help people sleep. They can also be used to treat alcohol withdrawal and epilepsy.

Some health-care professionals, especially those who treat people with benzo addiction, are concerned about the risks benzos present because they are so addictive, especially when they are used over more than a couple of weeks.

Benzodiazepines taken with alcohol or other drugs can cause a person to overdose.

A person who uses benzos can quickly become dependent on them suffers and painful withdrawal symptoms, even after a short period of use. This is why benzodiazepines should not be the first choice for pharmacological treatment of insomnia, anxiety or other health concerns.

Some people use benzos to get high or to help with the ‘come-down’ effects of stimulants such as amphetamines or cocaine.

There are several different brand names for benzos. The five most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines are:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Temazepam (Restoril).

Xanax is the most prescribed psychiatric drug in the United States. It’s a fast-acting benzodiazepine, used to treat anxiety disorder.

It is highly effective, but for those with the disease of addiction it is highly addictive and dangerous. This is because it can become the ‘answer’ to the problem of anxiety, leading the user to rely on it instead of developing other coping skills. A person using Xanax can become dependent on it in a very short period of time – for some even just weeks.

If you’re reading this page, chances are you’re worried about your use of a benzo or perhaps you’re worried about someone else’s use. One of the first signs of addiction is the need to use more and more of the medication. This is called tolerance and it means the benzo user needs to take higher and higher doses to achieve the original effect of the drug. Benzo addiction treatment involves helping the user withdraw from all benzos in a way that is safe and as comfortable as possible. Most people who are addicted to benzos can’t do this alone. They need help to stop and stay stopped.

Miracles Asia Thailand drug rehab will make sure that you get effective treatment to withdraw and recover from benzo addiction. Our highly successful benzo addiction treatment is holistic, combining psychotherapy, mindfulness training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is delivered by highly trained professionals in a beautiful setting in a luxurious, boutique treatment center on the fabulous island of Phuket.

Side Effects & Signs of Addiction

Signs to look for

Here are some indicators that may show dependence on benzos:

  • Sleeping for long periods of time
  • Delirium
  • Impaired co-ordination
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Letting others down
  • Calling in sick to work
  • No longer doing activities that used to interest you
  • Needing higher doses to get the same effect
    continuing to use the benzo in spite of knowing it’s a problem
  • Using more than you planned.

The most common side effects of benzodiazepines include:








Unsteadiness (especially in older people, who may fall and experience injuries)




Slurred speech


Muscle weakness


Memory problems




Nausea (feeling sick)


Dry mouth


Blurred vision.

Some less common side effects of benzodiazepines include:




Low blood pressure


Increased saliva production


Digestive disturbances




Sight problems, such as double vision


Tremors (shaking)


Changes in sexual desire


Incontinence (loss of bladder control)


Difficulty urinating.

Consequences of Benzo Addiction

Xanax or any of the other benzos are such powerful medications, it only takes a short while to get addicted. Doctors are only supposed to prescribe benzos for a short period of time - up to six weeks. Patients who are detoxing from alcohol are generally prescribed a benzo for seven days in order to reduce the pain of alcohol withdrawal. However, if users combine a benzo with alcohol or other drugs there’s a greater risk of death, owing to stress placed on the respiratory system.

If you use Xanax for any length of time you may experience the following as well:

  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Psychosis.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzo addiction withdrawal and treatment needs to be managed carefully. It is important to taper off slowly.

The person withdrawing needs to be observed by a specialist medical detox team. It’s vital that the person does not ‘go cold turkey’ and just stops using the medication. The side-effects from withdrawal can be devastating and if there’s no support, the only option is lapsing back to use again.

Benzo withdrawal affects each user differently and various factors need to be taken into account: how long you have been taking it, genetics, age, and if it has been mixed with alcohol or other drugs. Other aspects to consider as well are: previous addiction history, psychological health and other health issues.

Detox From Benzos Safely

When you arrive at Miracles Asia on the beautiful island of Phuket, you will have made a wise decision to do a benzo addiction rehab in Thailand.

All clients will receive a comprehensive medical examination. Any hospitalisation that is needed for the detoxification process is undertaken at one of our partnering internationally accredited private hospitals. A compassionate team of caring professionals will help clients through the possible physical and mental discomfort of withdrawal.

The exact length of detox will range depending on the individual’s drug history and other health factors, but an acute detox should be complete within 7-10 days. After this initial period, the person may continue to experience some symptoms, but to a much lesser extent, and should be able to engage fully in our treatment program to begin to discover natural, non-chemical methods to address these symptoms.

What Does Xanax Do to the Brain?

Xanax works by increasing the effects of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which promotes calmness and produces a relaxed feeling. The drug decreases the level of excitement in the brain to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It typically takes less than an hour to begin working and has a calming, relaxing effect. The effects of the drug come on quickly and disappear rapidly. Some people take it recreationally for its calming effects.

The fast-acting properties of Xanax can lead to its misuse. However, using it recreationally can cause health risks, especially if people combine it with other depressants, such as alcohol. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Xanax to treat certain kinds of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It can treat various symptoms of GAD, including high levels of anxiety, restlessness, and muscle tension.

Xanax works on the central nervous system (CNS). It is in the benzodiazepine class of medications, which comprises drugs that slow down the CNS.

Xanax works by increasing the effects of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which promotes calmness and produces a relaxed feeling. The drug decreases the level of excitement in the brain to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

People may experience the following effects from Xanax, as well as from other depressant drugs:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Easing of muscle tension
  • Relief from insomnia.

People may notice that Xanax affects the mind. It can cause temporary loss of memory, feelings of hostility and irritability, and disturbing or vivid dreams. If this is the case, it may be a good time to consider Xanax addiction treatment in Thailand.

If someone takes too much Xanax, they may experience:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • A weak and rapid heartbeat
  • Coma or death, in cases of overdose.

The United States government has classified benzodiazepines, including Xanax, as Schedule IV i.e. controlled substances in the Controlled Substances Act because of their abuse potential. This classification makes it easier for the government to track the prescription and distribution of Xanax.

How Long Does It Last?

In comparison with other benzodiazepines, the body absorbs Xanax quickly, so its effects come on rapidly. Within about one to two hours, the concentration of Xanax in the blood reaches its peak.

The calming effects of the drug usually appear within one hour afterwards with oral administration.

Xanax also leaves the body quickly. Its half-life is around 11 hours in healthy adults, meaning that the body removes about half of the Xanax that it has absorbed in just over 11 hours.

Doctors often prescribe Xanax to be taken three times per day, spread out over the course of the day.

Rehabilitation and Treatment

Having made the decision that you, or a loved one, needs help, all that’s needed is to call and make an appointment for a no-obligation free assessment.

At Miracles Asia, we know how to help you. You deserve recovery. We understand recovery and how life can be so much better without the use of Xanax or other benzos.

We will give you the ‘tools’ to start you on that all important journey to living your best life without the need for any mood-altering substances.

Call for a no-obligation free assessment with a trained specialist.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment for Benzo Addiction

We understand that early recovery from benzo addiction can be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after rehab. You’re cocooned in the safety of the treatment center where your every need is catered for. So, returning back to life at home can seem daunting.

We know how it goes and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously.
The treatment program at Miracles Asia doesn’t stop after you leave benzo addiction rehab.

After your one month stay in residential care, you’ll stay connected through our after-care online program for two further months – and longer if necessary.

The aftercare support program will keep you in regular contact with your counselor who will see you for one-to-one sessions by Zoom weekly. These sessions are important so that we can check in to make sure you’re still on-track in your recovery and if you’re experiencing any issues we can problem solve together.

Not only will you have one-to-one counseling, but also our ongoing group counseling sessions will keep you connected to your peer group, some of whom you may form life-long attachments with.

The group sessions are kept deliberately small in number. A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counselor who you will probably know from your time in residential care.

The experienced group facilitator’s job is to check in with you all and spend time making sure you’re on track with your recovery. You may have questions and the facilitator will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.

We make sure you’re getting the best possible support as you ease back in to your community back home. Miracles’ group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress. It’s helpful to keep you on the right track to living the life you deserve, clean and sober a day at a time.

Our online group counseling is available at assigned times during the week to cater for you wherever you are in the world after you leave benzo treatment rehab.

Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.

Maybe you have questions about what to do, or how to go about life in general. For these reasons and more, our case-managers will stay in touch and help you manage your early few months in recovery.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment program, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counselors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery from benzo addiction.

We take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life.

We are so convinced that our rehabilitation program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our drug addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia. We know how important your recovery is and we will do our best to make sure that you get what you deserve – a good life, full of happiness and freedom from using.

Living an addiction-free life is absolutely possible and we at Miracles Asia are proof of that ourselves. We know what it’s like to recover. Get your life back: you deserve it!
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