Xanax Substance Abuse Overview    

What is Xanax?

Xanax (the brand version of Alprazolam) is the most widely-prescribed and abused drugs of the Benzodiazepines. Xanax is prescribed by a doctor to treat anxiety, but it is also used to “come down” after abusing club drugs (like Ecstasy). Xanax is usually swallowed but it can be crushed up and snorted.

Statistics

  • During the six year period between 2004 and 2010, the number of people who visited emergency rooms suffering from the effects of Xanax nearly tripled.
  • Xanax is the fifth-most commonly prescribed drug in America
  • In the last five years, the number of prescriptions filled has gone from 29.9 million to 39.5 million.
  • According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey, 7.4 percent of teenagers report using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past year. While this includes other prescription drugs, Xanax seems to be a quite popular prescription drug abused by teens.

Street Names

  • Xannies
  • Xanbars
  • Handlebars
  • Bars
  • Z-bars
  • Totem Poles
  • Blue Footballs
  • Benzos.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

Are you worried your teenager could have a Xanax addiction? Many teens believe prescription drugs are less harmful than “street” drugs, because they can be prescribed by a doctor. However, that is far from the truth. Xanax is a serious drug and should only be taken when it is prescribed. If your teen is legally prescribed Xanax, make sure he or she follows the dosing instructions properly or your teen could develop a serious addiction. Keep track of the Xanax pills and, if necessary, hide them from your teen.

Here are a few signs of a Xanax Addiction:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness,
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Lack of focus and memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Dry mouth and throat

Withdrawl Symptoms:

Some of the Xanax withdrawl symptoms can include: aches and pains, intense anxiety, restlessness, chest pain, depression, blurred vision, chest pain, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, fatigue, elevated blood pressure, hot and cold flashes, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.  These symptoms only last for one week and then your teen’s body will be clean and healthy again.

Treatment

If you believe your teenager has a Xanax addiction, don’t wait until they overdose. Call us at Inspirations where we can get your child Xanax treatment. At Inspirations, we will treat your child’s addiction while also helping your child to learn the reasons why they need Xanax treatment. It is also important to remember your child may need to go through a medical detox as part of their Xanax treatment. Xanax and other benzodiazepines can require tapering off before it is safe to quit them altogether. Symptoms like seizures and severe mental disturbances can result if the drug is discontinued without careful support. At Inspirations we have trained medical staff on hand to help your child with their Xanax treatment, including handling all withdrawal symptoms.

As part of your child’s Xanax treatment, we offer six levels of treatment with each level offering more privileges than the last. Some of these privileges include beach days, phone calls, use of an Ipod, volleyball, and snorkeling. However, all privileges MUST be earned. Teens in our Xanax treatment program earn privileges by doing daily household chores, being on their best behavior, and by participating in our many different therapy sessions.

Therapy sessions include:

  • Family therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Trauma therapy