Benzodiazepines, Xanax and Sedatives

Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, are Sedative Hypnotics which are depressants or sedatives. These prescription drugs are  prescribed by doctors to alleviate feelings of anxiety, help with insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Xanax Addiction

About Xanax

Alprazolam (trade name Xanax), is a fast-acting benzodiazepine sedative used for treating acute anxiety disorder and panic attacks. All sedatives affect the central nervous system by slowing down body and brain functions and producing relaxation which results in the feeling of a “high” or euphoria. Xanax can become dangerous and addictive when used in the long-term, without medical supervision.

Xanax is not available on the NHS but can be obtained through a private prescription or online. It is indicated by NICE for short-term use to treat anxiety and contraindications include chronic psychosis, obsessional and phobic states, personality disorder and dependence. Xanax acts far faster than Valium which is more commonly prescribed in the UK. If your child is taking Xanax it is likely that they were not prescribed the drug by their doctor.

Xanax Abuse

Xanax abuse is on the rise, particularly among young people. Despite being a Class C drug it is widely available to purchase online. Reports suggest that Xanax tablets may be laced with other dangerous and addictive drugs such as Fentanyl. Prescription drugs might seem like a safe alternative to illicit drugs because they are ‘legal’, however they can be just as addictive and deadly if taken without a prescription or abused alongside alcohol or other drugs.

Xanax Detox

Detox from Xanax and other benzodiazepines can take a long time, it cannot be rushed and must be gradually tapered off. A residential rehab setting is best to enable a person to safely detox from these drugs and receive simultaneous counselling for their addiction.

Xanax Rehab Treatment

Our rehab treatment programme begins with an assessment by our Consultant Psychiatrist, doctor and nursing team. From there your personalised treatment plan, including detox and therapy, is created in line with your needs and you are assigned a focal therapist who will monitor your progress through the treatment programme. Treatment lasts from 4-6 weeks, or longer on our Extended Treatment Programme, if a prolonged drug withdrawal and other issues such as dual diagnosis need to be addressed.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Benzodiazepine or Xanax addiction problem, please contact us for advice.

More Drug Information and Advice

For more information on specific drugs and how they affect the body please visit our drug info resource pages.

Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are the main types in the class of sedative drugs. Another type includes the nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotics.