Xanax is a depressant often prescribed to help young adults cope with anxiety, agitation or depression. For this age group, these emotions can run high, increasing the likelihood that users will start to depend on its numbing effects whether it’s used medically or recreationally. It’s important to be aware of treatment options for young adults struggling with xanax addiction in order to stop it before they turn more dangerous prescription opiates, or heroin.
Mental health care is often a major component of Xanax addiction treatment because of its impact on the brain. Xanax is a benzodiazepine used to depress the central nervous system resulting in decreased neuron activity. The user feels incredibly calm and relaxed after taking Xanax, which is why it’s intended for those struggling with the following:
- Panic Attacks
Young adults are at an increased risk of addiction because this stage of life is characterized by new challenges and stressors, making it even harder to navigate life without help of the drug once they’ve been prescribed it, or tried it recreationally. Within 2-3 weeks of use, dependency can form, making it tougher to tackle everyday tasks without taking Xanax.
Treating addiction without also treating mental health almost guarantees a relapse, making it vital that all conditions receive proper care and treatment. While the clinical component addresses the effects of addiction on the brain through nutrition planning, drug testing, and other monitoring, dual-diagnosis ensures clients are equipped with healthy coping mechanisms and methods of dealing with stressors that do not resort to substance abuse.
Additionally, experiential therapies are utilized in addiction treatment to provide real-world context for therapy. Learn more about our approach to dual-diagnosis treatment and experiential treatment for young adults dealing with Xanax addiction.
A young adult may need to attend any of the following levels of treatment to learn how to cope with everyday stresses without relying on the drug:
- Withdrawal symptoms may start within hours of stopping Xanax use and can last for several days
- Quitting cold-turkey can result in painful withdrawal symptoms, consisting of seizures and convulsions making medically-assisted detox the safest way to start the recovery processs
- The following medications may be used to help reduce the risk of seizures by weaning the user off of Xanax slowly:
- Learn more about our approach to medically-assisted Xanax detox
Inpatient or Residential Treatment
- Can last from a few months to over a year as young adults live on-site at a treatment center where staff are available 24/7 to assist with moments of crisis
- Typically more expensive, but allows young adults to focus solely on overcoming their xanax addiction
- Learn more about our residential rehab for young adults
Outpatient Treatment Centers
- Allows young adults the ability to live at home and maintain a job while attending therapy, but they may still be connected to enabling peers and environments where they can easily obtain Xanax or other drugs
- Typically less expensive, but may not provide the resources needed to develop life skills that support sobriety
- Learn more about outpatient treatment as a step in recovery
Sober Living & Aftercare
- Provides a safe, sober home to return to while adjusting to life after treatment, and as long as young adults abide by community rules, they can stay as long as they like
- Usually follows completion of treatment program
- Learn more about the sober living component of our program
Alternative Treatments & Holistic Care
- Can provide therapeutic benefits through practices that can be used in everyday life, but should not be used as a standalone form of treatment for Xanax addiction
- Learn more about the alternative and holistic features of our program
Wilderness Therapy Programs
- Encourages young adults to develop confidence and life skills through learning survival skills
- Usually serves as introduction to recovery and transitions into a more traditional treatment program
- Learn more about wilderness therapy as a first step in recovery
The experts at Sober College have been refining our approach to addiction for over a decade. That experience has led us to conclude that the following factors are incredibly important to a young adult’s shot at recovery:
Age-Specific Xanax Addiction Treatment
- A young adult’s experience abusing prescription drugs is much different than an older adult’s. Age specific programs help recovering individuals build a support system they can relate to
- Learn more about our unique treatment model for young adults
Long-Term Treatment Programs
- While more expensive, long-term addiction treatment is more effective at equipping clients with the tools needed to manage sobriety
- Requires young adults to be away from friends and family for longer periods, but gives them space to recover away from triggers
- Learn more about the effectiveness of our long term treatment program
Xanax Treatment With Both Gender-Specific & Co-Ed Elements
- Prescription drug abuse affects men and women differently, and gender-specific treatment can address these differences more effectively
- Combined group therapy can help young adults interact with the opposite gender just as they’ll be expected to in the real world
- Learn more about the male-specific and female-specific elements of our program
Treatment Away From Triggers
- Being far from home can help remove young adult from the influence of enabling peers and environments remind them of their Xanax addiction
Since Xanax is a prescribed medication, it can be difficult to identify when use has turned into dependence or addiction. The following are some tell tale signs that indicate the drug is having a negative effect on a person’s life, and treatment options should be evaluated:
- Taking more than the prescribed dose as it no longer provides adequate relief
- Visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
- Crushing or breaking pills in order to ingest it faster
- Forgetfulness, clumsiness or drowsiness
- Lack of motivation or interest in hobbies
- Skipping class or work
- A decrease in grades or noticeable change in mood
If a young adult is taking Xanax without a prescription, it’s definitely time to understand what underlying causes could be at play. In these cases, the stakes can be even higher as recreational use of Xanax is often combined with alcohol or other drugs – a deadly combination that can result in overdose. Learn more about the dangers of mixing Xanax with other substances.
An intervention is an excellent way to open a dialogue and introduce rehab as an option to the young adult if you suspect Xanax abuse. Check out our tips for leading a successful intervention.
One of the biggest challenges in finding a treatment program is also determining its cost. While some rehab facilities can be incredibly expensive, many work with insurance providers to cover some of the costs. If insurance is not an option, there are several low-cost programs that offer services to those in need, and some even provide sliding-scale fees based on income level to make it more affordable. We recommend verifying your insurance (always free) when starting your search for a treatment center to get familiar with your options.
Although there are numerous legitimate programs available with affordable costs, there are some that may boast cheap prices, but do not operate legally. You can determine the legitimacy of these programs quickly by asking whether or not the program and its staff are licensed.
Addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepines can be scary, and finding the right treatment program for your child is critical to their success. Our licensed and experienced staff would be happy to talk to you about your situation, whether you believe addiction is present, or just around the corner.