Faith-based Xanax Addiction Treatment
For some Christians, prayer and hope seem like the sole provisions through which someone struggling with addiction can achieve sobriety. At Road to Freedom, we believe faith is a critical aspect of success on the road to recovery, but we also know that God has provided tools and help for those in need.
The Bible says to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:14), but even a devout Christian caught in the cycle of addiction can struggle with what seems like an impossible task. Addiction to a substance such as Xanax means that your body – your flesh – is in control because of brain chemistry and physical dependency. In some cases, you physically cannot stop using without help.
Someone with a substance use disorder can choose to put on Christ and seek grace at the same time that they seek Xanax or other drugs, and it’s not as simple as replacing one with the other. At Road to Freedom, we help you break the cycle of addiction through professional detox. Once withdrawal symptoms are minimized, you can concentrate on behavioral and Biblical therapy that helps you replace drug-related coping mechanisms with healthier habits more likely to keep you off Xanax in the future.
If you’re struggling with drug use or you find yourself making risky decisions just to get your next fix, call us today. Compassionate, Christian counselors are waiting to answer your call at (844) 402-3605. We are available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name for a drug known as alprazolam. It’s a benzodiazepine, which is a type of sedative. The way Xanax acts in the body is to slow the activity in the brain, which lends it to treating certain types of sleep and anxiety disorders. Xanax bars come in multiple dosage sizes, which are usually indicated by the color of the pill or bar.
Xanax itself is a viable medical tool, commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. When the drug is misused, however, a Xanax high can provide a feeling of euphoria or calm that becomes addicting and dangerous.
The Dangers of Abusing Xanax and Alprazolam
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, more than half of all emergency room visits that are related to drugs involves misuse of prescription medication such as Xanax. The misuse of CNS depressants such as Xanax rose statistically in recent years, and 85 percent of ER visits related to CNS depressants involve benzos, including Xanax.
The various doses of Xanax can cause someone unfamiliar with the drug to overdose accidentally, and anyone abusing the drug to seek a high is already courting the line of overdose. Even if you don’t overdose, Xanax use can have serious side effects for your health, social life and professional or educational aspirations especially when combined with alcohol. Some physical and emotional side effects can include:
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Poor coordination or balance
- Slurred speech
A Xanax overdose can cause symptoms such as:
- Weakness in the muscles
- Falling down
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
At its most extreme, a Xanax overdose can be fatal.
How to Spot Signs of Xanax Addiction
It’s possible you started taking Xanax as part of a prescription from your doctor and you aren’t sure you’re addicted to the drug. You might also be worried about a friend or loved one and want to know how to determine if they are dealing with an addiction so you can help them find assistance. Here are some possible signs of Xanax dependence.
- Someone who is addicted to Xanax might display one or more of the side effects of the medication on a regular basis, such as sleeping an unusual amount or always being drowsy.
- Someone dealing with a drug addiction often exhibits emotional or unexplained behavior, including irritability and hostility.
- Addiction to Xanax can cause someone to stop caring about things they were previously interested in, which can lead to a loss of friends, giving up on hobbies or poor performance at work and school.
- The physical need for more drugs can lead someone who is addicted to make rash or unwise decisions, and they might even engage in immoral or illegal activity to help them gain access to drugs.
- Someone who is addicted might feel ashamed of their drug use and lie or take other action to hide it or minimize it.
If you suspect someone you love is dealing with an addiction – of you are struggling to stop using Xanax yourself – call us today at (844) 402-3605. Don’t let fears about what your family, friends or church will think stop you from making a phone call that could save your life. We’re here now to answer your call and offer you a confidential, compassionate consultation with information about how you can seek a life full of Christ and free of Xanax.
Seeking Christian Treatment for Xanax Abuse
Xanax addiction, like any substance use disorder, is a brain disorder that requires clinical treatment. The National Institute on Drugs notes that years of research on the topic have concluded that the best approach is often one that integrates medical and behavioral approaches, because there are usually multiple factors at play when someone struggles with addiction.
At Road to Freedom, we infuse your medical and behavioral care with faith-based aspects from prayer to Bible study. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive recovery process that helps you heal – mind, body and soul. We believe that a holistic approach that includes your faith is one of the best ways to build a foundation for future sobriety.
In cases where someone is physically dependent on a drug such as Xanax, we know that it can be nearly impossible for a person to concentrate on counseling or Bible study while dealing with withdrawals. Because our goal is always to boost your chances at a successful recovery in positive ways, we offer medical detox treatments when needed. That means our on-staff doctors and nurses work with you to manage withdrawal symptoms via medication and other options so you can concentrate on therapy and understanding the root causes for your drug use.
Why Inpatient, Christian Treatment Works
The Bible warns Christians about the dangers of being in the world numerous times, even though Jesus also commands us to go into the world to share about him. One of the reasons the Bible warns us about the world is that when we’re in a weakened state, it is much harder to turn away from the temptations around us and choose Christ.
Nowhere is this more apparent than when you’re caught in the cycle of addiction. Your body practically cries out for drugs, and every situation around you can act as a trigger to make drug use more likely. Inpatient treatment works because it temporarily removes you from those situations so you can strengthen yourself, discover your triggers and work on developing healthier coping mechanisms to bring back into the world with you when you are discharged.
At inpatient treatment, you’ll work with pastors and counselors during:
- Individual therapy and counseling sessions
- Biblical studies
- Group therapy
- Education about triggers, coping mechanisms and holistic care
- Assistance with legal or career matters
Preventing Xanax Relapse After Inpatient Treatment
Once you’ve completed inpatient treatment, your journey through Christian recovery isn’t done. In Ephesians 5, the Bible says: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (18-20).
During your treatment, we will help you learn to fill your life with the Spirit and surround yourself with fellowship and support for a lasting recovery, such as NA meetings, 12-step programs and individual counseling.
At The Christian Treatment Center, we work with you from the very first call through your discharge. Our goal is to help you create a foundation for a drug-free life. Call us today at (844) 402-3605 to find out more about how we can help you walk that path.