Schizophrenia and Xanax abuse often go hand in hand. Individuals with schizophrenia may trigger this disorder by abusing Xanax or by suddenly discontinuing use. If Xanax dosage is tapered properly by an experienced physician, and the patient follows his or her usage instructions to the letter, ending Xanax use without extreme withdrawal symptoms or lasting repercussions is possible.
A Xanax user who does not want to discontinue use or does not think he needs professional help to do so is at increased risk of triggering schizophrenia.
Xanax withdrawal symptoms may create sudden flares of anxiety which resemble schizophrenia, but these are usually only temporary and pass once the drug has completely left the user’s system.
Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia sometimes abuse Xanax, as they hope it can provide some reprieve from their persistent mental distress. The problem with using Xanax for such purposes is that its effects diminish over time.
Addiction to this drug produces unpleasant effects in the user’s body and mind such as the following:
Treatment for schizophrenia that is co-occurring with Xanax addiction will require specialized integrated treatment. Treatment specialists will work together to detox the patient’s body at a rate that does not traumatize his or her brain which has come to depend on Xanax.
Nutrition therapy, group therapy, emotional counseling, family sessions, physical training and medically supervised detoxification are all components of the recovery process. In time the individual can move past both Xanax addiction and schizophrenia, no matter which issue came first.
A call to our toll-free helpline, 877-345-3357 can provide you with the guidance you need to find treatment and regain a healthy lifestyle free from Xanax abuse.
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