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Xanax Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Written by Thomas Christiansen

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Last Updated - 07/25/23

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Key Takeaways

  • Xanax addiction is highly associated with the complicating factors of other co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Xanax withdrawal is dangerous and should be done under professional supervision
  • Rehab for Xanax addiction offers the best chances of successful long-term recovery
  • Recovery is a life-long effort

Xanax addiction is often complicated by other substance use or an underlying mental health disorder. This makes Xanax rehab important for overcoming the addiction.

Rehab for Xanax addiction is important for several reasons because Xanax addiction is particularly complicated:

  • Xanax abuse is common alongside other substance abuse
  • Xanax abuse is frequently accompanied by a mental health disorder, often one that’s undiagnosed
  • Xanax is an especially dangerous drug to withdraw and detox from

For these reasons, Xanax rehab at an accredited Xanax rehab center is crucial to successful recovery from Xanax addiction.

Xanax Addiction Treatment Options

Xanax addiction treatment offers the best opportunity at not only breaking the cycle of substance abuse, but also addressing the underlying causes of the addiction. Attending a Xanax addiction treatment center allows for a proper assessment to be completed to ensure that any co-occurring mental health disorders are identified and treated at the same time as the addiction. That dual treatment is a key requirement for a successful recovery.

Rehab for Xanax addiction can be a transformative and restorative experience for those who are ready and willing to participate.

Medical Detox

To recover from Xanax addiction, people must first go through the process of ridding the body of the substance. This process is known as detoxification, or detox. As the body clears the Xanax, withdrawal symptoms can occur.

Many people do not know how to detox from Xanax properly or know how to self-taper. For many people, the fear of withdrawal is a major barrier to recovery.
Xanax withdrawal treatment, known as medical detox, makes the potentially dangerous process of Xanax withdrawal much safer.

Medical detox involves staying at a detox facility during the withdrawal period with medical supervision. Individuals may be offered benzo detox medications to reduce withdrawal effects.

Medical detox also has other benefits: it gives individuals the benefit of professional assessment for the physical and mental effects of their drug use; also, patients can identify and discuss the presence of other substance abuse and mental health disorders with addiction treatment professionals. These benefits can result in a comprehensive treatment and recovery plan for optimal recovery.

Residential Rehab

Residential rehab for Xanax addiction involves staying at a rehab facility during the entire treatment process. Residential rehab differs from inpatient rehab in that it is not hospital-based, it is less restrictive and it generally lasts longer with a less-intensive approach.

The advantages of residential rehab are:

Residential rehab removes individuals from the people and places that are associated with their substance abuse, thereby eliminating potential drug-use triggers

Residential rehab allows for a more intensive, committed treatment regimen

Residential rehab produces a positive and supportive social environment, or a “culture of recovery”

Residential rehab ensures that individuals have a healthy amount of recovery time by the time they are discharged

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient drug rehab involves living at home (or in a sober living house) and attending treatment activities during the day. Teletherapy may also be available for this level of care.

Most people with Xanax addiction will likely have better results in inpatient treatment and rehab. However, outpatient rehab may be appropriate for individuals who:

  • Have made their physician aware of the extent of their drug use and have their physician agree with the outpatient treatment decision
  • Are already detoxed from the drug and free of withdrawal effects
  • Had Xanax use that was mild or of brief
  • Have a safe, drug-free environment to stay away from dealers and others who use substances
  • Are strongly motivated to stop using
  • Have no co-occurring substance abuse or mental health disorders
  • Have a good support system in place
  • Do not live alone

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is the presence of a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder in the same individual. Co-occurring mental health disorders are common in people with substance addiction. Many people are unaware of having a mental health disorder.

Many people who develop an addiction began their substance abuse to self-medicate their symptoms. Because of this factor, dual diagnosis treatment targets both types of disorders simultaneously.

The combination of mental health and substance abuse symptoms can be an especially difficult experience and have an impact on individuals’ ability to make healthy choices. Because mental health disorders and addiction negatively impact one another, dual diagnosis rehab in a program equipped to deal with both issues is important.

Aftercare and Sober Living

Long-term recovery requires ongoing attention to prevent a return of the same conditions that caused the addiction. Rehab provides the tools for doing that, including putting together a plan for aftercare.

Drug rehab aftercare planning is an important part of the rehab process, and an important piece of successful, long-term recovery. Drug rehab aftercare programs may include a variety of components:

  • Medication maintenance
  • Continued counseling
  • Local support groups
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Sober living homes
  • Follow-up for any co-occurring substance abuse or mental health disorders
  • Relapse prevention training

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab

For most people with substance addictions, inpatient treatment will be necessary to begin the healing process. People struggling with addiction may lack objectivity and overestimate their own ability to stop their drug use despite past failed attempts to do so. Learning about the differences between the two types of rehab and the benefits of each can be beneficial for someone deciding to seek treatment. It’s ultimately what a person believes will benefit them the best that will be the most effective form of rehab.

How Long Does Rehab Take?

The biggest factor in determining the length of the treatment program is the type of program, such as inpatient versus outpatient. While everyone’s rehab experience varies, there are some general estimations regarding the length of rehab. On average:

  • Detox lasts around one week
  • Residential programs average 21 to 90 days
  • Long-term residential care programs are usually 3 to 12 months
  • Outpatient programs depend on the intensity of the program, but they usually range from weeks to months

According to data from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the average length of stay in drug rehab is:

  • 90 days for outpatient medication-assisted opioid therapy
  • 78 days for non-intensive outpatient treatment
  • 42 days for intensive outpatient treatment
  • 39 days for long-term residential treatment
  • 5 days for medication-assisted opioid detoxification

What Does Xanax Rehab Cost?

After learning that rehab can last for weeks or months, most people begin wondering how much does rehab cost? The cost of various rehab programs varies from client to client. Many drug treatment centers are affordable or even free for some clients, and many communities offer free counseling or rehab drug treatment. These types of programs usually take place at outpatient drug rehab centers.

Insurance companies will likely be what many people turn to for financial assistance when they decide to seek Xanax addiction treatment.

Will Insurance Cover My Treatment?

Does insurance cover rehab? Many insurance plans include rehab insurance that covers substance abuse treatment. The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health accepts a variety of insurance companies. The Recovery Village’s insurance verification tool can help clients work out viable options. Prospective clients can always reach out to a representative to learn more.

The Affordable Care Act requires that all marketplace insurance plans provide coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Providers cannot deny coverage for mental health or substance abuse disorders, even if they are a pre-existing condition.

People may contact their local Department of Health and Human Services to find out more about coverage for addiction treatment from various programs:

  • The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • State, regional or city programs

People who will be accessing rehab without insurance may still be eligible for partial coverage or payment plans.

Read more: Florida Detox Without Insurance

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Choosing a Xanax Rehab Center

Figuring out how to choose a rehab center is challenging. Each person is an individual with a specific life situation, needs, and personality. Finding and choosing a rehab program is an individualized process, and what worked for one person may not work the same way for another.

Sometimes, people living with an addiction do not have a clear mind and may lack objectivity. So involving family, friends and health care providers in the decision may be wise.

While some people may have their choices narrowed down due to practical considerations such as cost, location or availability of a particular program, there are some factors that should be considered when looking through treatment program options:

  • Location
  • Cost
  • Methods of Treatment Provided
  • Success Rate
  • Duration of Treatment
  • Staff to Patient Ratio

What to Expect when you go to Rehab

Many people find rehab to be a life-changing experience. Most people find that they learn things about themselves that give them clarity on how to live life and handle its stressors.

Recovery is something that must be achieved. To get the most out of rehab, people must whole-heartedly participate with an open mind. People can expect to be busy while in rehab and make some lasting friendships with other people in recovery.

What Happens After Rehab?

Some people refer to what happens in rehab as discovery and what happens afterwards as recovery. Maintaining recovery requires an ongoing effort and presence of mind that reminds individuals that dedication to sobriety is a life-long effort.

Rehab provides individuals with a plan and the tools for maintaining long-term recovery. The main purpose of rehab is allowing people ways to handle life’s stressors without having to resort to substance abuse.

How Rehab Improves Recovery

The importance of professional treatment for Xanax addiction recovery cannot be overstated. Recovery from addiction is not simply the absence of using Xanax or other drugs. The underlying causes of the addiction and the damaging effects of substance abuse and related behaviors on physical and mental health need to be identified and addressed. Likewise, any underlying mental health disorder should be diagnosed and properly treated.

Without treatment, remaining abstinent from drug use becomes a matter of pure willpower. Treatment allows individuals to counteract the powerful effects of addiction.

Rehab enables participants to develop a Xanax addiction recovery plan for aftercare to optimize their maintenance of recovery and good health for the long term.

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