Choosing a treatment programme for a Xanax addiction requires careful consideration as there is a lot to think about. You will have plenty of choices when it comes to treatment for this illness though, with programmes provided by various organisations across the UK. With both inpatient and outpatient programmes available, you will need to consider your own needs, personal preferences, and commitments before choosing a suitable programme.
Xanax addiction is a serious problem here in the UK. Like other drugs in its class, Xanax is a sedative that is highly addictive in a short amount of time. The good news is that treatment and rehab are available throughout the country from both private and public sources.
If you’re struggling with Xanax, know that you are not alone. Countless others have gone down the same road before you. Those who have undergone professional treatment and rehab have come out the other end with a new lease of life. You can be part of that group by contacting us and enquiring about treatment options.
You are under no obligation should you decide to reach out to us. We are here to listen to what you have to say and advise you on your treatment options. What’s more, you can call us on behalf of a friend or loved one you believe is addicted to Xanax. You do not have to be the addict yourself to benefit from free services we offer.
Importance of Xanax Addiction Treatment
We cannot stress enough the importance of Xanax addiction treatment. The long-term effects of sustained Xanax use are not good for the mind, body, or anything else for that matter. If you have been using Xanax for more than four or six weeks, we urge you to reach out for help.
All addictive substances create both physical and psychological dependence. This includes Xanax. Unfortunately, some substances do more harm to the mind and body than others. Benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that Xanax is part of, can be especially harmful to the mind.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine that affects how the brain produces and uses a neurotransmitter known as GABA. Long-term use of the drug can permanently alter brain function to the point where GABA never returns to normal. This is one of the associated risks of Xanax use. It illustrates why addiction treatment is so important.
The point of addiction treatment is to help you stop using Xanax so that your body can begin the process of healing itself. The longer you wait to be treated, the more difficult that healing process becomes. Think of Xanax addiction treatment as preventative in nature. You can prevent more serious long-term damage by getting the help you need now.
Treatment Philosophy and Benefits
Modern treatment philosophies for Xanax and other benzodiazepines are built around the philosophy of gradual withdrawal. Medical science has come to understand that simply stopping Xanax cold turkey is unsafe and potentially fatal. They have also come to understand that every failed quit attempt makes future attempts more difficult.
To increase the chances of permanent success, a gradual approach to treatment is taken. Patients are slowly weaned off the drug while at the same time undergoing counselling therapies to help them better deal with psychological dependence. In the meantime, prescription medications are used to slowly taper the patient off Xanax.
Treatment modalities will be discussed more in just a minute. For now, though, the thing to understand is that modern treatment philosophies are patient-centred. Treatment providers do everything they can to ensure the health, well-being, and comfort of patients as they go through the treatment process.
Getting Xanax Addiction Treatment
So, how do you gain access to Xanax addiction treatment? Our first recommendation would be placing a call to our 24-hour helpline. We have fully trained counsellors ready to assist you. We can help you understand how serious your addiction is, walk you through each of your treatment options, and then help connect you to the treatment centre of your choice.
Another way to access treatment is to go see your GP. Your doctor is more than qualified to determine whether you are addicted and, if so, to recommend a treatment programme. Your GP may even be able to treat you right from the surgery.
A third way to access treatment is to make contact with a local alcohol or drug abuse charity. Although charities do not offer treatments themselves, they do have access to all the same information we utilise at UKAT. They can help you figure out where to go for treatment to ensure the best chances of success.
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Xanax Addiction Treatment Modalities
A treatment modality is a model by which a person is treated for a particular disease. In the case of Xanax addiction, the primary treatment modality is based on a fundamental understanding that addiction is a disease requiring medical intervention. Thus, patients are treated rather than simply deprived of drugs.
This modality is expressed through the concept of gradual tapering. Where addiction treatment in years past relied heavily on cold turkey quitting, today’s treatments for Xanax and other benzodiazepines avoids the cold turkey approach altogether.
Instead, doctors prefer to gradually taper patients off Xanax. This can be done one of two ways, beginning with what is known as direct tapering. Under the direct tapering modality, the doctor prescribes a maintenance dose of Xanax which is then gradually decreased over time. Eventually, the patient will not be taking the drug at all.
The second approach is known as substitute tapering. This approach involves gradually transitioning from Xanax to a maintenance dose of a substitute drug – like diazepam (Valium) for example. The idea here is to substitute short-acting Xanax with longer acting Valium. Then the tapering process takes place. Some doctors find it easy to taper Valium as opposed to Xanax.
During the tapering process, other prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs are used to ease withdrawal symptoms. For example, a patient may develop nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea. An over-the-counter medication will successfully address those symptoms.
Risks of Treatment
Every addiction treatment is a risky venture. Taking those risks is certainly better than remaining addicted, but the risks associated with treatment are a big reason that experts recommend not trying to beat an addiction at home. In terms of Xanax, its risks are well known and potentially serious.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine similar in mechanism to other drugs like Ativan and Valium. Withdrawing from Xanax (which is a necessary part of treatment) produces a range of withdrawal symptoms that are mild in some people and more serious in others. The most serious withdrawal symptoms constitute the biggest risk to Xanax treatment.
Xanax withdrawal can produce dangerously high heartbeat and respiration. It can induce seizures, which can be fatal if not immediately addressed by medical personnel. Lastly, withdrawal can produce temporary psychosis in some patients. This can manifest itself in hallucinations or thoughts of suicide.
Properly managed under the supervision of experienced medical personnel, Xanax treatment is minimally risky. Attempting to treat yourself at home is just the opposite. Without medical treatment, you could be taking your life in your own hands. We urge you not to try it.
Effective Treatment for Xanax Addiction
Treatment for Xanax addiction must include withdrawal. The challenge here is to withdraw at a quick enough rate to minimise any further damage done by the drug without going so fast as to cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Xanax is especially troublesome in this regard because of its short half-life.
The half-life of a drug is the amount of time it takes for half the concentration of the substance to leave the body. Drugs with short half-lives tend to produce more severe withdrawal symptoms because the effects of said drugs wear off more quickly than other drugs with longer half-lives. This is why some doctors will treat Xanax addiction through substitute tapering.
Substitute tapering can greatly reduce withdrawal symptoms by offering longer lasting effects that diminish more slowly. As the thinking goes, less intense withdrawal symptoms increase the likelihood of successful withdrawal. They also minimise the risk of complications. This is not to say that substitute tapering always goes off without a hitch; it doesn’t. Yet substitute tapering is a very effective treatment for Xanax detox.
In the end, the most effective treatment for Xanax addiction is whatever works for the patient. It is up to doctors, nurses, and therapists to assess a patient’s health and current circumstances in order to devise an optimal treatment plan. Whatever that plan might be should be open to modification as needed. This is the way to effectively treat Xanax addiction.
Inpatient Xanax Treatment
We recommend inpatient treatment at a private clinic staffed by experienced medical personnel. Inpatient treatment is residential treatment, which is to say that patients live at the facility for the entire course of treatment. The facility provides everything the patient needs: room and board, meals, treatments, exercise, etc.
Inpatient treatment centres in the UK are all privately owned and operated. On the outside chance that your GP referred you to an inpatient facility, that facility would still be privately owned. Very rarely does the NHS pay for inpatient treatment these days.
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Outpatient Xanax treatment
Outpatient Xanax treatment is what you are likely to receive should you go see your GP. Outpatient treatment is conducted utilising several different methods in combination. First, patients would continue seeing their GPs or the doctors and nurses that run the rehab clinic. Patients attend the clinic daily before returning home after each session.
Next, treatments may or may not be accessible all in one location. A patient may have to visit one facility for medical treatment and another for psychotherapy treatments. It just depends on the resources in any given area. Moreover, addicts at outpatient treatments are expected to seek out additional assistance including group support and 12-step work.
A bit later in this guide we will discuss inpatient versus outpatient treatment from a quality standpoint. For now, though, it is enough to know that there are significant differences between the two. We believe that inpatient treatment for Xanax addiction is the better choice.
When people think of treatment for Xanax they almost always think of detox first. But effective treatment goes beyond just detox to include therapeutic rehab. There is a substantial difference between the two.
To rehabilitate someone is to restore that person to what is considered normal living. Remember that Xanax addiction is not normal. So the goal of Xanax rehab is to get the patient back to the position he or she was in before use of the drug began. This is very difficult to do with detox alone.
Remember that Xanax creates both physical and psychological dependence. You can break physical dependence through detox; psychological dependence requires a bit more. That is the purpose behind therapeutic rehab. The goal is to break the psychological dependence so that the patient can return to a normal, substance-free life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy and Dialectical behavioural therapy will both help you discover the root causes for addiction and fight them.
Arts and yoga come to help you find th ebest ways to calm down without using benzodiazepines.
If you were to choose a detox-only treatment program, there is a good chance you would completely withdraw from Xanax. But then what would you do? The temptation to use again will arise, and then you will be forced to make a decision. The point of undergoing rehab after detox is to equip you with the tools you need to not succumb to the temptations to use.
Choosing the Best Inpatient Xanax Rehab
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of Xanax addiction and why treatment is so necessary. Assuming that this the case, we need to talk about choosing the best inpatient rehab for you. There are plenty to choose from, so we need to consider a number of different factors.
By calling and speaking to one of our counsellors, we can better assess your current situation. Gleaning essential information from you can help us understand what inpatient clinics are best suited to your needs. We can then walk you through treatment information so that you can make your own choice.
Please understand that electing to seek treatment from the NHS will not give you access to inpatient treatment information. If you want that information, you will have to do the research on your own. So why not call us instead? We have all the information you need at our fingertips.
Right now is the time to get the information you’re looking for, while you’re thinking about it. Delaying only gives you an opportunity to put it off until tomorrow, and then the day after that, and so forth. We are here to help you find the best inpatient Xanax rehab – right now. But we cannot help you if you do not reach out to us.
Residential Treatment Centres vs. Outpatient Services
Perhaps you’re wondering why we recommend inpatient treatment over its outpatient alternative. In simple terms, we believe inpatient addiction programmes achieve better results. Inpatient treatment is systemically different right down to its very core. Where outpatient treatment does not seek to separate the patient from his or her current circumstances, inpatient treatment does.
Does this really matter? Absolutely. Separation makes it possible for the recovering addict to fully concentrate on getting well without any distractions. All the distractions still exist in the outpatient setting. The patient still lives at home; he or she still hangs out with the same friends; day-to-day activities are the same.
This is not to say that outpatient treatment for Xanax addiction is bad. It’s not, it is just not necessarily as good as inpatient treatment. Either way, note that both kinds of treatment are medically-assisted here in the UK. That is to say patients are taken care of by doctors and nurses who constantly monitor for any potential complications.
Private Xanax Rehabs and Confidentiality
Please note that privacy and confidentiality are both priorities with private rehab clinics. They have neither the desire nor the intention to reveal your identity to anyone. They will not call your work or contact extended family members to tell them you are being treated. The only way others will know is if you tell them.
Why do private Xanax rehabs pay so much attention to privacy and confidentiality? First, because it is the right thing to do. Secondly, they know that any fears regarding privacy can be sufficient enough reason for a Xanax addict to avoid getting help. We don’t want to be guilty of giving addicts a reason to refuse treatment.
How Long Does Inpatient Xanax Rehabilitation Take?
Patients react differently to Xanax treatment. As such, it is not possible to place a specific timeframe on how long treatment takes. We can offer some general rules, though.
The average Xanax patient needs between 10 and 15 days to fully withdraw. Even so, some protracted withdrawal symptoms can continue for months or even years. Once withdrawal is complete, the patient enters a multi-week course of therapeutic treatments. On average, rehab therapy lasts between four and 12 weeks.
You may find in your case that withdrawal is over in seven days and you work your way through rehab in four or five weeks. On the other hand, you may require more time. Rest assured that you will get all the time you need to do it right. If you are looking to quit Xanax, worry less about the time commitment and more about actually getting well.
We also don’t want you to think that time equals success. There are plenty of addicts who have completed shorter programs and gone on to abstain permanently. There are others who spend 10 to 12 weeks in treatment only to come out the other end ready to start using again. Length of time is less important than the effort you are willing to put into recovery.
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What Happens During Treatment?
Treatment tends to follow a general course for Xanax patients. The first step in the process is a medical evaluation necessary to determine the current health of the patient and any other conditions doctors and nurses might have to take into account. From that medical exam comes a customised treatment plan.
The next step is Xanax detox. A doctor will generally use either direct or substitute tapering to gradually wean the patient off Xanax until no more is being used. During that time, withdrawal symptoms will show themselves. Withdrawal symptoms include things like headaches, agitation, panicked feelings, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.
Withdrawal symptoms peak for most patients somewhere between day seven and 10. They then gradually decline until they subside altogether. Note that there are some cases of protracted withdrawal that involve symptoms that can linger for quite some time after.
During withdrawal, therapists might use different forms of psychotherapeutic treatments to help the patient cope psychologically and emotionally. Those treatments continue in the rehab setting once detox is complete. In rehab, patients will go through a number of therapies that generally include one-on-one counselling, group counselling, group support exercises, and 12-step work.
Paying for Xanax Addiction Treatment
If you were to choose a Xanax treatment through your GP or the NHS, there would be no cost to you. However, you would likely face significant wait times and would be expected to access some portions of your treatment on your own. For example, you might be required to seek out your own counsellors and 12-step facilitators.
If you were to choose a Xanax treatment through a private rehab clinic, there would be costs involved. Most private health insurance covers at least a portion of drug addiction treatment. Some cover all of it. In the absence of private health insurance, private rehab clinics accept payment by cash, credit, or debit card.
Please do not be dissuaded from seeking help by the cost of private rehab. There are various levels of rehab clinics suitable for nearly every budget. If you really want to get well, the chances of finding a way to pay for it are good.
Treatment Near Home vs. Different County or City
From time to time we advise Xanax addicts about seeking treatment close to home versus going to another county or city. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Local treatment keeps the patient close to home, thus facilitating visits by family members and friends. There is also something to be said about the comfort that comes from being in your own town.
There are other cases when a person is better served by leaving the local area. Sometimes that extra separation is necessary to facilitate complete recovery. And of course, there are also those situations in which the addict requires complete anonymity. Due to some measure of prominence in the community, the only way to maintain anonymity is to travel to another town, county, or even overseas.
You might decide a local rehab clinic is your best choice so that you can have family close by. All of you could benefit from frequent visits and family counselling. On the other hand, you might see the risks of staying close to home as being possibly detrimental to recovery, so you choose a rehab clinic in another area. Both choices are equally valid.
The option that’s right for you is entirely up to you. We can discuss your concerns about given locales and advise you regarding the private treatment centres in the area you’re thinking of. You are not limited to a single treatment centre in a single location.
Xanax Therapy Options
The options for Xanax therapy are quite numerous. Rather than attempt to describe them all here, it is best for us to simply say that therapists have to use their best discretion in order to determine what is most suitable for each patient. What works well for you may not work so well for another. Likewise, a treatment you struggle with might be perfect for someone else.
In terms of treatment for detox, we have already explained it at length. Detox is medically supervised and assisted, implemented through a tapering modality. Patients are made as comfortable as possible and monitored for potential complications. Once detox is complete, rehabilitation begins.
Rehab therapy options generally centre around talking therapies, which is to say counselling. Therapists utilise a number of one-on-one counselling therapies to help patients understand their own addictive behaviour. They also make use of group counselling opportunities as well.
Finally, therapists also make use of skills building therapies that are vital to societal integration. One therapist might focus on coping skills aimed at helping prevent relapse. Another might teach patients life skills to prepare them to look for employment upon completion of treatment. Others might concentrate on cooking skills, learning the art of music, or diving into equestrian sports.
Is There Medication-Assisted Therapy for Xanax?
Not only is there medication-assisted therapy for Xanax, it is the norm these days. The use of prescription medications provides for a safer withdrawal and a more productive rehab. Note that the goal is not to transfer patients to other medications they will be taking for the rest of their lives. The goal is to eventually be completely drug-free.
Medication is used to assist the patient through the difficult withdrawal process. The sooner you can stop all medications related to your rehabilitation process, the better off you will be.
Individual and Group Therapy for Xanax Addiction Treatment
Individual therapy for Xanax addiction focuses on a number of key elements. First, therapists want to help patients understand the process of addiction. Next, they hope to help patients better understand their own addictive behaviours and what triggers them. And finally, therapists work with patients to learn the necessary skills to avoid future drug use.
Individual therapy relies on a relationship of mutual respect between patient and therapist. Patients must be willing to listen, follow instructions, and participate in whatever way the therapist requires.
Group therapy seeks to achieve some of the same goals but with a different model in mind. By bringing patients together for group counselling, therapists can take advantage of an atmosphere of mutual support and accountability. Patients are free to discuss with one another what they are thinking, feeling, and hoping for.
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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for Xanax Addiction
One of the most common talking therapies used in Xanax treatment is known as dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). This therapy is similar to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) but with one major difference: where CBT focuses only on treating Xanax addiction through problem-solving, DBT combines problem-solving with the goal of addressing the intense emotions that come with Xanax addiction.
Unlike some other drugs, Xanax produces a very vivid emotional response during withdrawal. If those emotions are not dealt with in rehab, they could come back to be a constant source of trouble for the recovering addict.
DBT teaches a recovering addict how to deal with his or her own emotions. It teaches the patient how to keep them in check. Meanwhile, patients are still introduced to the problem-solving concept as well. Combining the two affords patients an opportunity to work on both the psychological and emotional simultaneously.
What to expect from Xanax Treatment & Rehab
So, what can you expect from Xanax treatment and rehab? Right from the start, you can expect to be treated safely and professionally. Our clinics take patient health very seriously. In fact, it is their number one priority. Everything your doctors, nurses, therapists do for you is with your health and well-being in mind.
You can expect treatment to be challenging. It is not easy kicking a drug habit once addiction has set in. But staff members will be there to support you every step of the way. Do not be afraid to ask for help when the struggle becomes especially intense. Also note that rehab will get easier as you progress through it.
Next, you can expect to be working alongside other patients undergoing similar treatments. Some might be there for Xanax treatment while others are recovering from different drugs. Hopefully, you will find the shared experiences mutually uplifting and encouraging.
You can also expect to engage in some sort of 12-step work during your rehab. The 12-step model is a proven model that has worked successfully as an addiction treatment for nearly 80 years. You will most likely continue that 12-step work even after rehab is complete by getting involved in a local drug support group.
Lastly, please note that you will be expected to give your best effort to rehab. The only real cure for Xanax addiction is permanent abstinence, and you are the only one who can make the decision to abstain from future use. Your treatment will rely a lot on the effort you are willing to put into it. Commit yourself fully to getting well, and you stand a good chance of succeeding.
What Happens after Rehab Treatment?
Let’s say you were to finish detox and rehab in about 12 weeks. What then? Well, the formal portion of your rehab would be complete. But there would still be more to do by way of aftercare. Aftercare is an essential tool for reintegrating into the community left behind when you entered residential treatment. The goal of this is to help prevent relapse within the first year following professional treatment.
Aftercare is a collection of services that pick up right where rehab left off. They include ongoing counselling – both one-on-one and in group settings. You will continue to receive medical care to help deal with any persistent withdrawal symptoms and to monitor for any long-term complications. Finally, aftercare includes getting involved with local support groups for accountability purposes.
Statistics show that recovering addicts who make use of aftercare stand a greater chance of getting through that first year without relapse. That’s because aftercare provides continual support in those critical months following treatment. In light of that, we would urge you to choose a treatment program that includes aftercare.
What Are the Aftercare Options?
Your aftercare options will be determined by your customised treatment plan and the services available in your local area. As described in the previous section, aftercare services generally include counselling, ongoing medical care, and group support. You will probably continue 12-step work in the group support setting.
Each of your options for aftercare is intended to help you continue coping so that you do not relapse. Therefore, it is very important that you take advantage of them. Don’t assume just because you have finished formal treatment that you are out of danger. You’re not. Most relapses occur within the first year. By the same token, recovering addicts who make it through the first year without relapsing are statistically more likely to never relapse.
We cannot stress enough the fact that aftercare is all about relapse prevention. There are going to be some tough challenges you will have to face in the weeks and months following formal rehab. There are going to be future opportunities to use Xanax again. Aftercare gives you the tools to make it through those challenges.
Should you find yourself relapsing within that first year, do not give up. Get yourself back into rehab and try again. Realize that it just takes multiple attempts for some people to stop using. It is not a slight on you or your ability to control yourself. Remember, addiction is a disease requiring medical treatment. Beating addiction is not as simple as just saying no.
Treating Xanax Abuse at Home
It is highly advised that you not attempt Xanax treatment at home due to the potential for withdrawal to create serious withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms could lead to injury or even death. You are far better off seeking professional treatment through either your GP or a private rehab clinic. Having said that, we think it is important that you know what to do should you attempt to self-treat.
First and foremost, do not attempt to stop taking Xanax cold turkey. Gradually reduce the amount you use over a week or two in order to minimise withdrawal symptoms. Also, make sure you have nothing important that needs to be done during the withdrawal process. You are going to need to focus all your energies on getting through withdrawal.
We highly recommend enlisting the help of a family member or friend to be with you during your entire withdrawal. That way, someone is there just in case an emergency should develop. That person can also help occupy your mind so that you are not focusing so much on how you feel.
Should you succeed in withdrawing completely from Xanax, don’t stop there. Seek out a local support group and get involved right away. Also seek out some counsellors capable of helping you overcome the psychological and emotional effects of Xanax addiction. You are going to need all the help you can get to make it through the next few months.
If you feel unsafe at any time during your self-treatment programme, please do not ignore those feelings. Seek medical help right away. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t take chances.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Xanax treatment include?
Xanax treatment starts with a medical assessment. From that medical assessment comes a customised treatment plan that includes both detox and rehabilitative therapies. Rehab therapies are generally talking therapies offered in a one-on-one or group setting. Aftercare follows treatment for as long as 12 months; longer if you need it.
What are the street names for Xanax?
Xanax is commonly known on the street as:
Handlebars, bars, or Z-bars
White girls, white boys
How long does Xanax rehab take?
There is no way to put a specific time limit on any one person’s rehab. The average user needs between 10 and 15 days to complete detox and then up to 12 weeks to complete rehab. There are rehab programmes as short as four weeks for individuals who make good progress.
Are Xanax rehabs private and confidential?
Absolutely. Your privacy is of paramount concern to all private clinics. They do not divulge patient information outside of the rehab setting.
Is there any ideal length for Xanax rehab?
No, there isn’t. We like to say there is no one-size-fits-all rehab programme for every recovering addict. As such, there is no single time limit either. Your doctors, nurses, and therapists will work together to decide what would be an appropriate length for your case. Whatever that length happens to be is best for you.
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