Xanax is a drug used to treat anxiety, depression and panic disorder.1 It is highly habit-forming, and addictions to the drug are on the rise in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overdose deaths from benzodiazepines rose from approximately 6,000 in 2012 to nearly 9000 in 2015.2 It is clear from these numbers that addiction to benzodiazepines like Xanax is a serious problem that impacts not only the person struggling, but his or her family members as well. Persuading someone who is addicted to Xanax to admit she has a problem is the first and most important step on the road to recovery. Once a person reaches out for help, there are many things family members can do in to aid their addicted loved one in the recovery process.
Stress the Importance of Detox
When families discover that their loved one is struggling with an addiction, confronting the person through the services of a trained interventionist is a great place to begin. An interventionist can help family members plan the best time for the intervention, rehearse what each person is going to say, and help family members find a treatment program for their addicted loved one. Along with helping the addicted loved one understand what her addiction has done to the rest of the family, stressing the value of a formal detox program is important. Medically-supervised detox is the best place to begin treatment. Time spent in a detox program prior to starting a rehab program lets the body rid itself of the toxins of the drug. Starting with a clean slate helps those struggling begin treatment with a clear mind.
Look for Therapeutic Help
Once detox is completed, rehab professionals will then diagnose any underlying mental illness that is contributing to or causing the addiction. Facilities that specialize in treating co-occurring disorders address both problems simultaneously. Addictions to Xanax can sometimes stem from underlying mental health conditions. These include some of the following:
- Generalized anxiety disorders
- Social phobia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Programs that provide treatment for these co-occurring disorders have tailored therapies that allow residents to address their addiction and mental illness at the same time.
Through medication, psychotherapy, group therapy, family counseling and other holistic treatment options, the person struggling with addiction can begin a new life, free from the control of a substance.
Addiction to any drug can be incredibly isolating. Jessica A.’s Heroes in Recovery story describes the feeling well:
“I just want to say that there were so many times in my addiction that I felt alone, that I felt like no one would understand what I was going through. But I was not alone, and I was not crazy. Reach out for help, even if it’s just asking for someone to talk to. Remember that no matter how long you’ve traveled in the wrong direction, it’s never too late to turn around.”
People who struggle with addictions may feel personally responsible for the pain felt by family members and friends. The guilt and sorrow might cause them to withdraw from social contact as well as reduce their motivation to get well. Expressing love, support and acceptance can help your loved one see the value in appropriate treatment. Your support can provide the person struggling the hope they need to truly recover.
Finding Help for Xanax Addiction
If you’d like to find out more about how you can help someone you love who is addicted to Xanax, call us at 706-914-2327. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about appropriate treatment options.
1 “Alprazolam (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 1 Mar. 2017. Accessed 26 Sept. 2017.
2 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Overdose Death Rates.” NIDA, 15 Sept. 2017. Accessed 26 Sept. 2017.