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Xanax addiction treatment that actually works

For over a decade, we’ve been helping people with substance abuse and addiction using a comprehensive treatment program. Our continuum of care, which includes inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual addiction treatment, was created to treat the whole person for a lifetime.

Taking a scientific approach that uses evidence-based therapies administered by board-certified psychiatrists, physicians and other experts, our program has proven effective in 84% of patients, much better than the 50% rate with traditional 12-step programs.

Three column stats: 8% Recovery Rate, 5000 patients treated, and 1:5 Clinical staff to patient ratio.

Call today and get help. Our Xanax addiction treatment experts are here for you.


Treatment options for hydrocodone addiction

Even when taken as prescribed, Xanax has a high potential for abuse and dependence, and the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting Xanax can be extremely unpleasant – even dangerous – without proper medical supervision.

That’s why to quit effectively, most people require the help of an inpatient drug rehab program that treats the physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal while simultaneously addressing any psychological issues that contributed to and/or resulted from their Xanax addiction.

Enterhealth offers supervised medical drug detox for Xanax addiction, which involves carefully tapering a patient’s dose of Xanax down over time to reduce cravings and anxiety, as well as to prevent seizures and other potentially life-threatening side effects of Xanax withdrawal.

Medical detox alone, however, is NOT a cure for Xanax addiction. It’s a necessary first step that allows patients to fully participate in a long-term treatment program combining behavioral therapy with psychological counseling to address any co-occurring issues. Counseling may be individual or group-oriented and may include families. Continuing Care programs are also available, as they are essential to provide counseling and continued support over a number of years.

Treatment plans may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional and stress management education

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies.

Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



Enterhealth Ranch offers inpatient care that’s on your side, not on the clock. It’s a nurturing environment where treatment is highly personalized and intensified. Every patient has a private room and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who use evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care, including medical detox, in-depth medical and psychological assessments, individual and group therapies, life skills and more.

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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in their recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. This one-of-a-kind support environment provides a nurturing space where participants can gain understanding, learn from others and continue to rebuild their lives.

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Recovery is one of the most important benefits you can give your employees. Enterhealth provides comprehensive, evidence-based residential and outpatient programs and continued 24/7 technological support with Enterhealth Connect. It’s a tool employees can use to access expert care that fits their schedule for online consultations with highly trained addiction specialists, dynamic content including blogs, podcasts, videos, and continuously updated tools and resources that will aid in their recovery journey.

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How Enterhealth Makes a Difference

“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Xanax Addiction

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a popular brand name for the drug alprazolam. Belonging to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (along with Ativan, Valium and Klonopin), Xanax is commonly prescribed short-term management of conditions such as anxiety, panic disorders, or sleep disorders.

How does Xanax work?

Benzodiazepine medications affect the central nervous system primarily by increasing levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which depresses sensory excitation and communication between nerves in the body. This leads to a reduction in anxiety and tension, as well as somnolence (sleepiness), loss of coordination, and impaired judgement.

Why is Xanax so addictive?

In addition to increasing levels of GABA, Xanax also triggers larger-than-normal releases of the neurotransmitter dopamine (one of the “feel-good” chemicals naturally produced in the body), which produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation.

Xanax’s rapid rate of action makes it extremely effective, but it’s also the primary reason it’s so addictive. The body quickly builds up a tolerance to the drug (meaning users need to take more and more to get the same effect) and becomes dependent on it to produce GABA and function normally.

As a result, when someone who’s been taking Xanax for a long period of time suddenly stops taking it, the brain is unable to produce appropriate levels of GABA and dopamine. Without enough of these neurotransmitters, the brain and nerves become extremely sensitive and go into overdrive, which causes the withdrawal symptoms.

What are Xanax withdrawal symptoms?

The physical and mental withdrawal symptoms typically set in within a few hours of the last dose. Factors like how long the person has been taking the drug, along with frequency of use and dosage will cause withdrawal symptoms to vary from person to person, but they may include:

  • Increased anxiety and nervousness
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Panic
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle spasms/tension
  • Intense sweating
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

How do you treat Xanax withdrawal?

The most effective way to treat Xanax withdrawal is with a combination of medical detox to ease physical symptoms and psychological support to help patients learn to cope with stress and anxiety.

Medical detox for Xanax usually involves carefully tapering down a patient’s dose under careful medical supervision. Gradually reducing the dose, as opposed to discontinuing it completely, allows the body to adjust to lower and lower levels without inducing the most severe withdrawal symptoms.

Physicians may also prescribe other medications, including longer-acting benzodiazepines like Valium, as well as aids such as antidepressants or beta-blockers that may help alleviate certain withdrawal symptoms.

How long do Xanax withdrawal symptoms last?

Xanax is a short-acting benzodiazepine, so its effects wear off fairly quickly, and withdrawal symptoms typically set in as soon as the drug is out of a user’s system – about 10-12 hours after the last dose.

The amount of time a person will experience withdrawal symptoms depends on individual factors like how long they’ve been taking it and at what dosage, but a typical progression looks something like this:

Initial withdrawal phase (~1 – 4 days) – Common symptoms include anxiety and depression, insomnia.

Acute withdrawal phase (~4 days – 2 weeks) – This phase is where most people experience the worst symptoms and are at risk for things like seizures that require close medical supervision.

Post-acute withdrawal phase (~2 weeks – months, years) – Duration and severity of post-acute withdrawal symptoms vary greatly, especially if there are underlying psychological issues such as an anxiety or panic disorder.

What are the side effects of Xanax?

Xanax abuse can result in a number of unpleasant effects, including:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Flashbacks
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Uncontrollable muscle twitches
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression

What are other dangers of Xanax use?

One of the biggest dangers of Xanax abuse is that users often combine it with other substances, including alcohol and opiates like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin, which can greatly amplify the effects of both substances.

This polysubstance abuse can profoundly impair short-term memory, judgement, and coordination, greatly increasing the chances of an accidental injury and/or potentially fatal overdose.

Using the drug in ways it wasn’t intended, including snorting Xanax, can also lead to health problems involving the airways and lungs.

How do you know if someone is addicted to Xanax?

The signs and symptoms of chronic Xanax abuse will vary slightly for each individual, but they often include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping for long periods of time
  • Impaired thinking and judgement
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Sluggishness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Delirium

Chronic Xanax abuse may lead to changes in appearance and behavior that affect relationships and work performance. Other signs of chronic use can resemble indications for using the drug in the first place, such as anxiety and insomnia.

Can you overdose on Xanax?

Overdosing on Xanax is possible when you take more than the prescribed maximum dosage, and the likelihood of a severe or fatal overdose increases if mixed with alcohol or other drugs.

High doses of benzodiazepines can have serious side effects, including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma
*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio