Xanax (Niravam) is commonly prescribed on the NHS to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is the trademark for the drug Alprazolam.
Xanax is classed as a ‘Benzodiazepine’ sedative. Xanax works by causing the brain to release the relaxant hormone ‘GABA’. Xanax is a depressant and tranquilliser.
Users build up a tolerance to Xanax meaning ever greater quantities of the drug are required in order to experience the desired ‘high’. Over time users require Xanax in order to function. A preoccupation with Xanax slowly takes over the addict’s life.
Xanax causes a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms and so a medically assisted detox is always advisable. Since Xanax interferes with the brain’s GABA hormones when the drug is abruptly withdrawn the brain goes into a state of hyperactivity.
This hyperactivity is capable of causing cardiac arrest and/or life-threatening seizures. In fact, the United Kingdom sees around 100 Xanax-related deaths each year (source: Office of National Statistics).
Residential rehabilitation means patients are under the watchful eye of our medical team. Trained doctors and nurses monitor patients during the acute detox period. The risk of seizures is all but reduced through the use of a tapered detox regime coupled with the use of non-addictive anti-anxiety medications.
Given the level of discomfort patients experience during the acute withdrawal period, we recommend patients attend a four-week rehabilitation programme.
This allows patients enough to spend time to complete their detox but also enough time remains to treat underlying emotional triggers during therapy and counselling sessions.
Common withdrawal symptoms experienced during a non-medically supervised detox include:
Before patients are admitted into our centre a full medical assessment takes place. The majority of Xanax addicts experience a co-dependency with other drugs.
This is typically alcohol, heroin or crack cocaine. A personalised rehabilitation plan is put in place ensuring all co-dependencies are identified from the outset and treated accordingly.
Once patients are discharged from our rehabilitation centre a number of safeguards are put in place to reduce the risk of relapse.
Twelve months of aftercare is provided free of charge following the successful completion of rehabilitation. Aftercare sessions take place at the rehabilitation centre where patients attended.
If you would like to learn more about our Xanax rehabilitation programme please call our admissions team today on 0800 140 4690.