How to Deal With Anxiety and Stop Abusing Xanax

In everyday life, it is completely normal for all of us to feel some level of anxiety. Whether it is dealing with stresses at work, dealing with tense situations at home, or any of the pressures that are a part of our day-to-day lives, we will no doubt feel a sense of anxiety from time to time. However, if you are continually feeling the burn of anxiety and it is starting to take over your life, you may have to seek professional help in order to cope with anxiety–and part of the help you receive may include the use of prescription medications such as Xanax.

Of all the anti-anxiety medications that are available, Xanax is the most popular and prescribed by doctors. While Xanax is a truly effective medication when taken as prescribed and as part of a comprehensive plan to cope with anxiety, Xanax is also highly addictive and many who take this medication start abusing it in the long run. If you are using Xanax to help you cope with anxiety and are starting to feel that you are abusing the drug, it is important to seek treatment immediately.

Once in treatment, you will not only address the underlying issues behind your Xanax abuse, you will also find healthier ways to cope with your anxiety without the use of drugs. If you need help in dealing with your Xanax addiction, call Dream Center for Recovery today.

The Importance of Getting Treatment for Xanax Abuse

If you or a loved one is in the grips of Xanax addiction, you must seek intensive drug treatment and receive the care and support from experienced treatment personnel.  If you attempt to quit Xanax on your own, it can be extremely dangerous and the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can potentially be life threatening. Since Xanax causes normal functions in your brain to slow down, your body can try to overcompensate if you come off of the drug too quickly. This can result in your brain racing out of control and seizures are common among Xanax addicts who quit using the drug abruptly.

The first step in stopping Xanax abuse is undergoing medical detoxification. While the process may be difficult, detox is done to minimize the physical and psychological effects experienced in withdrawal. During this process, detox staff will use a variety of methods to safely reduce the amount of Xanax that is in your system. Additionally, treatment staff will evaluate you for any co-occurring medical or mental issues that lie at the root of your Xanax addiction.

Once the detox process in completed, formal drug treatment begins and treatment staff will employ a variety of therapeutic methods and programming in order to uncover the underlying social, behavioral and environmental factors that led to your addiction. Additionally, you will be given the life skills, tools, and support needed to continue working your plan of recovery once you complete treatment and resume your day-to-day life.

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Learning to Cope With Anxiety Without the Use of Xanax or Other Drugs

When you complete drug treatment and are ready to return home and resume your normal daily routine, you may feel uncertain of your coping skills in regards to dealing with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. The psychological pull of addiction can be very strong in the months following drug treatment, and the cravings and urges to use Xanax or other drugs can be common.

During drug treatment, you were taught essential life and coping skills that will help you cope with anxiety in a healthy manner and without the use of drugs. It is important to utilize those tools on a regular basis to minimize the risk of relapse. Some basic yet effective ways to cope with anxiety can include the following:

Meditation

Whether you engage in a formal practice or utilize basic techniques, meditation practice can help calm the mind and focus your thinking and energies on the present. By focusing on breathing in a controlled manner, you are able to calm the mind and reduce your anxiety to a level, which is more manageable. Meditation techniques are easy to learn and can be done in as little as five minutes each day.

Exercise

When you engage in regular exercise, your brain releases endorphins which are the body’s natural “feel-good’ chemicals. Exercise also produces a pleasant relaxing effect. There are a variety of physical activities that you can be involved in such as walking, weight training, yoga, bike riding, and even martial arts training.

Reduce or Eliminate Caffeine

There are many that may not realize that caffeine excites the nervous system and can activate our natural fight or flight response. Gradually reducing your intake of soft drinks and coffee and substituting those beverages for green tea or other non-caffeinated beverages can have a wondrous effect on anxiety. Within a week or two, you should feel a significant decrease in your anxiety levels.

Change Your Diet

A main reason why people feel anxious or stressed is because of a drop in blood sugar levels. In order to stabilize your blood sugar you should do the following:

  •   Increase your intake of protein and fats
  •   Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates
  •   Don’t skip meals; eat several smaller balanced meals each day
  •   Always keep healthy snacks on hand.

You can also help reduce anxiety by taking mineral supplements like magnesium.

Seeking Treatment For Alcoholism or Addiction

If you find that you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from an addiction. Addiction is an actual, recognizable disease and as such, you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. There are millions of people every year who need to seek help for addiction and alcoholism, and many have made it through their struggles to a life of recovery. So if you think you need help, then call the professionals at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call, to help you in any way they can.