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Facing Xanax Addiction and Abuse

Unmask the Silent Tormentor
Are you, or your loved one grappling with Xanax abuse? Unravel the complexity of addiction & discover how the personalized treatment program at Miracles Asia can pave the way to your recovery.

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Xanax is a brand name of alprazolam, belonging to the class of central nervous system depressants called benzodiazepines. It is often used to treat such mental health conditions as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders, or depression, as it helps to balance out the chemicals in the human brain.

Thanks to Xanax, we can develop more neurotransmitters and feel calmer and more relaxed, as it has sedative effects. Taking prescribed Xanax under medical supervision in a outpatient treatment and in proper doses should be safe and effective.
alprazolam scheme
However, taking Xanax in higher doses and for longer periods than recommended by medical providers can result in serious consequences, including severe physical or psychological problems, such as drug addiction which could lead to the need for specialized care from a Xanax rehab program, like the one offered at Miracles Asia.

What Is the Proper Xanax Use?

Taking Xanax needs to be done under medical supervision, so you need to follow your doctor's and pharmacist's orders precisely. It is usually sold in tablet form, so you need to take it by mouth. The recommended dose of alprazolam tablets depends on a particular medical condition, age, other drugs you need to take, and the response to the treatment.

Your doctor may increase the dose as time goes by and the recovery process turns out to be successful. Following their instructions carefully will reduce the risk of physical dependence and other side effects.
alprazolam tablets
Taking Xanax needs to be done under medical supervision, so you need to follow your doctor's and pharmacist's orders precisely. It is usually sold in tablet form, so you need to take it by mouth. The recommended dose of alprazolam tablets depends on a particular medical condition, age, other drugs you need to take, and the response to the treatment.

Your doctor may increase the dose as time goes by and the recovery process turns out to be successful. Following their instructions carefully will reduce the risk of physical dependence and other side effects.
If at any point you notice that taking Xanax doesn't help you or, even worse, deteriorates your condition, you need to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

When Is Taking Xanax Not Recommended?

You should not take Xanax if:
you are on antifungal drugs, such as ketoconazole or itraconazole
you had an allergic reaction to alprazolam or other benzodiazepines in the past
you intend to use it as a party drug, not a medicine
you have a substance abuse tendency
What's more, it is very important to keep in mind that mixing Xanax with alcohol can be extremely dangerous to your health or even life-threatening.
Surprisingly, you should also avoid grapefruit juice because it may result in elevated alprazolam concentrations, leading to prolonged sedation and respiratory depression.

How Does Xanax Work?

Xanax, just like any other benzodiazepine, has a stimulating effect on those neurons in the brain that are responsible for releasing the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) or have receptors for it. Neurons for GABA are widespread in the cerebral cortex because this is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.

When an inhibitory neurotransmitter is released, it decreases the firing of other kinds of neurotransmitters in the brain. For this reason, Xanax plays the role of the central nervous system depressant with its agonistic impact on GABA neurons in our brains.
electrical impulses in the brain
When Xanax is taken, it lowers the excitability of other neurons in the brain, resulting in eased anxiety and a stronger feeling of relaxation.

What Are the Street Names for Xanax?

In everyday life, especially among young adults, Xanax (and benzodiazepines in general) has several street names. Some of the most popular ones are:
xans
xannies
benzos
z-bars
planks
bars
bricks
blues

What Is Xanax Abuse?

Substance abuse means that someone takes illegal or legal substances when it is not justified and does harm to their health. For example, people suffering with benzodiazepines abuse tend to take more pills than they were told by the doctor or use someone else's tablets.

Most frequently, substance abuse is motivated by the desire to ease pain or other unpleasant symptoms of a medical condition, as well as the need to get rid of stress or avoid reality.
a representation of xanax overdose

Common Signs of Xanax Abuse

Xanax addiction signs can lead to such physiological and physical effects as:
drowsiness
slurred speech
blurred sight
bad motor coordination
confusion
problems with breathing
dizziness
coma
Xanax addiction
woman suffering from drowsiness

What Is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax addiction (like any other drug addiction) is a disease altering a person's brain and behavior, making them unable to stop using the substance. A person addicted to Xanax may keep on taking it despite knowing that it has a negative impact on them.

It usually starts with taking prescribed Xanax to reduce anxiety or to treat panic disorders or other mental health conditions. Then, a patient increases the doses, ignoring the doctor's orders and wanting to achieve the feeling of "high" more and more often.

It also happens that people get Xanax illegally or they take someone else's prescription pills. Taking it in such an uncontrolled way for recreational purposes can easily lead to Xanax addiction, altering a person's brain, affecting their self-control, and reducing their ability to resist urges.
taking pills

Common Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

When a person is addicted to Xanax, they usually show similar signs and symptoms as in the case of Xanax abuse (including drowsiness, slurred speech, or confusion) accompanied by, for example:
the need to increase doses, as their tolerance is higher and higher
the urge to take the pills every time Xanax withdrawal symptoms appear
disregarding their family and friends in favor of taking Xanax
using more and more Xanax despite the experienced negative effects
constant worrying about Xanax supplies
overdosing alprazolam

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

People experiencing Xanax addiction may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:
depression
irritability
insomnia
paranoia
panic attacks
muscle spasms
anxiety
hallucinations
heart palpitations
nausea or vomiting
uncontrolled movements
woman experiencing heart palpitations

Who Is Most Prone to Addiction to Xanax?

You can be at risk for Xanax addiction if you:
experienced substance abuse before
there has been substance abuse or addiction in your family
you have access to Xanax through your relatives or friends
you suffer from a panic disorder, depression, anxiety, or other mental health condition
A woman suffering from depression or another mental health condition

How Addictive Is Xanax?

Xanax (similar to other benzodiazepines) belongs to Schedule IV controlled substances, so you may think that it has a low potential for abuse. Nevertheless, the evidence is clear - thousands of people seek addiction treatment, experiencing benzodiazepine dependence.

As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports, in 2012, over 17 thousand people were admitted to treatment facilities across the USA because of addiction to Xanax or other benzodiazepines.
A symbolic representation of fighting a benzodiazepine dependence
Xanax is one of the most addictive benzodiazepine medications, and it can make you dependent on it in just a matter of a few weeks. Similar to other drugs, it can be difficult to deal with its withdrawal effects. For this reason, when you suspect you or your loved one may be dealing with such physical dependency, it is recommended to search for the best treatment options.

Why Is Treatment for Xanax Addiction Necessary?

Xanax is one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the USA, used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. It can be very effective and helpful, but it can also be very addictive and dangerous when abused. Instead of helping a patient to develop good coping skills, this highly addictive drug can lead the user to rely on it entirely.

Xanax affects your health very badly if abused, and the longer it is taken in an uncontrolled way, the worse your condition will get. Xanax withdrawal symptoms will be more severe, and you will neglect everything that matters in life just to get the drug.

That's something nobody would want - and for this reason, addiction treatment is essential, as it will help you to recover from the Xanax addiction in a safe and effective way. As a result, you will be able to live a life that is happier, longer, and more free.
bottle with alprazolam label

What Are the Treatment Options for Xanax Addiction?

In Miracles Asia, treating Xanax addiction is one of our main focuses. We hire knowledgeable, experienced and friendly therapists who will accompany you and help you in this challenging process, motivating you and giving you proper support.

We provide inpatient treatment in our facility in the stunning territory of Thailand, where you can recover from Xanax addiction surrounded by incredible views. We promise you a personalized approach, complete confidentiality and privacy, and competent expertise guidelines.
addiction treatment
Our Xanax addiction treatment consists of a few significant elements, some of which are mentioned below.

Learning About Xanax Addiction

Every day you will have the opportunity to take part in a 1-hour group meeting where you can learn more about Xanax addiction and how it affects your nerve cell activity and, as a result, your entire life. In this way, you will understand this problem better and be more aware of its impact on what you think, what you feel, and how you behave.

What's more, such meetings will show you how to be proactive in your recovery and learn practical techniques to help you understand and control your thought patterns, actions, and triggers.
learning about Xanax addiction
In this way, you will be better prepared to face the challenges of the recovery process and make the changes in your life more permanent.

Individual Therapy Sessions

We will schedule at least 2 personalized one-on-one sessions with your therapist, where you can talk about what led you to Xanax addiction and how it affects your life. It may even be the first chance to talk so openly about your problem so openly without being judged and criticized.

In these sessions, you can also analyze your progress in recovering from addiction, including the changes in your thinking and behavior patterns or how you handle the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal. You will be able to share your life experiences in a safe and confidential environment.
working on a prevention plan

Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan

In treating Xanax addiction, it is important not only to address the current problem but also to prevent it from coming back in the future. For this reason, you will attend regular meetings with your personal recovery coach. They will help you to create a personalized relapse prevention plan, allowing you to stay clean also when the treatment is over.

This vital element of our program ensures that everything you learn during your recovery is tailored to your individual needs and can be beneficial for you not only now but also in the future.
woman talking to a therapist

Support Groups

People with Xanax addiction or another dependency sometimes tend to think they are alone with their problem and that nobody else can understand them. We will show you it's not true! Every morning and evening, we hold group meetings, where you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and alums who perfectly understand your situation.

The morning sessions take place after breakfast - you can share your feelings there and learn about other people's experiences with their addiction and treatment. The evening meetings happen at 7 PM when you will have the chance to hear inspiring personal stories of many international recovery speakers sharing their experiences with fighting an addiction.
a man swimming
Apart from those sessions, you will be able to participate in a local recovery meeting organized on one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, Thailand. In such a beautiful environment, you will be able to meet people with similar life experiences and get additional support and motivation on your journey to sobriety.

Therapeutic Sports and Wellness

We all know that exercise is beneficial for physical health, but it's worth remembering that it can improve mental health and well-being as well.

For this reason, your inpatient treatment at Miracles Asia includes 2-hours of everyday access to Thanyapura Phuket - an excellent sports and health center in Thailand. It's a great space for working on your mind and body with its wide choice of health, sports, and lifestyle enhancement services.

At this facility, everyone can find something suitable to their style and preferences. If you're an active person, you can swim, exercise at the gym, or lift weights, for instance. On the other hand, if you need more relaxing activities, you can have a massage or sauna session. All of these will help you to keep your body and mind in the best condition.

Inspiring Trips

Each Sunday, we organize a day of rejuvenation and exploration, showing our guests the most magical places in Phuket. We will take you on a jungle walk allowing you to explore the wonders of Thai nature, or make it possible for you to admire the beautiful island's coastline on a serene boat trip. There will also be carefully curated trips complementing your therapy and supporting your recovery from the Xanax addiction.

Visiting famous tourist attractions such as the impressive Big Buddha or the charming Old Phuket Town will allow you to learn about the rich history of Phuket and experience the diversity of Thai culture.
old town phuket
It will make you more aware of the beauty of the world that is worth enjoying instead of destroying your life with Xanax addiction. Moreover, you'll be able to make new friends and learn to practice self-care.

Your journey to a happy life without Xanax addiction starts here. Contact Miracles Asia now and find out how we can help you!

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