Pharmacological treatment

Alprazolam is a rapid onset, short acting drug that causes a sudden and short-lived spike in blood levels of the drug. A longer-acting benzodiazepine such as diazepam may be substituted during the rebound and acute withdrawal phases. This keeps a low and constant level of the drug in the system to help control the worst effects and decrease cravings. A simple explanation is that it works similar to a nicotine patch.

Adjunct therapy is usually started when clinically significant side effects develop

  • Antidepressants are given in the presence of clinical depression
  • Beta blockers in cases of autonomic hyperactivity


Psychotherapeutic treatment

Physical addiction is treated through the withdrawal process that typically takes up to a month.

When the physical process is complete, treatment for psychological addiction begins. During the withdrawal, the underlying reasons for abuse isn’t addressed. By using psychotherapy, the motives behind the substance abuse is examined. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a process to change perception of stressors and lessens the desire to abuse substances. This is usually done on an outpatient basis with regular contact sessions. These programs are recommended in order to learn how to handle the inevitable temptation to relapse. The education sessions, relapse prevention plans and coping techniques acquired during rehab are all essential to living a sober life.

Once treatment has been completed, a support network is essential for managing recovery. Strong family bonds help as well as any narcotics anonymous meetings in your community.

Alprazolam addiction is an insidious addiction, often starting as part of a prescription for a condition or simple experimentation. Differentiating between necessary treatment and abuse is hard for both users and doctors. Although addiction is bad, it is possible to recover from it and lead a healthy sober life.