The Impact of Heroin Abuse

Heroin Rehab in St. Augustine, FL

Dr. Paul's By The Sea is a licensed rehab facility specializing in treating the physical and mental effects of alcohol and drug addiction. Our heroin rehab provides different treatment programs and services that produce lasting results. End your substance use disorder (SUD) today and visit our addiction treatment center in St. Augustine, FL.


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Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders are often co-occurring. Also known as dual diagnosis, this is when an individual suffers from addiction due to mental illness, or vice versa. 45% of people within the United States have been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder.

People who struggle with mental illness are more likely to turn to substance abuse to deal with their symptoms. Similarly, those who have an addiction are more likely to develop a mental disorder.

Some factors that can worsen mental health behavior or drug and alcohol addiction could be:

Side Effects

Xanax's influence in the brain's nervous system can cause it to release endorphins and dopamine. Endorphins and dopamine are the brain's natural reward system for the body when it engages in healthy behaviors, such as exercising. They create feelings of pleasure that encourage the body to continue the positive behavior. When Xanax is taken for longer than is necessary, it begins to change the brain's chemical structure. Essentially, the artificial influx of dopamine motivates the person taking Xanax to use it again and again to receive the same feeling. The brain will become used to receiving high levels of dopamine and will require continued use of Xanax.

Xanax is not meant to be used long term; doing so can cause serious health problems and dangerous side effects. Side effects of consuming Xanax over a long period include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Increased saliva production
  • Change in sex drive/ability
  • Irritabliity
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Swelling in hands and feet
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Treatment for Xanax Abuse

Addiction to Xanax is best treated at a licensed rehab facility with highly qualified staff. While a person can quit on their own by slowly decreasing their dosage, the withdrawal symptoms could become dangerous. Entering a treatment center will be better in the long run and increase the chances of a successful recovery.

There are several different treatments available for Xanax abuse. However, it is crucial to rid the body of the drug before starting any other form of treatment. A detox facility provides the safest environment while experiencing withdrawal symptoms.


Xanax Detox

At a detox treatment facility, patients will slowly taper off Xanax, meaning they will take smaller doses over a period of time. Under the supervision of medical professionals, a patient will be given a lower dose of Xanax for several weeks until they are taken off entirely. This can be dangerous and cause severe withdrawal symptoms if not done correctly. By going through a professional detox center, a patient will be monitored for health risks 24/7. Having immediate access to doctors and clinical specialists can be reassuring for patients and family members of the addict.

Patients who have gone through withdrawal before could have a more difficult time the second time around. Doctors at a detox center can give them a stabilizing benzodiazepine before the tapering process begins. Unfortunately, even when patients complete the detox process, they will experience post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). This means that they will continue to have symptoms even after the substance has entirely left the body. It can be difficult for people to continue treatment when they are still suffering from drug effects. Transitioning into an inpatient treatment program will help to prevent relapse and teach healthy coping skills.


Inpatient Treatment

Transitioning into an inpatient rehab is vital for a successful recovery. The variety of programs and services provide the best level of care and support. By giving patients structure and keeping them away from outside temptation, they can begin to understand the benefits of a life without Xanax. At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we meet with each patient before treatment begins to develop an individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan is designed to address their needs specifically, and as they progress through the program, the plan can be adjusted as needed.

Once an inpatient program is completed, patients are encouraged to enter into an outpatient program. Multiple studies have suggested that the longer someone remains in treatment, the better chance they have for a successful recovery.

Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient program can be beneficial for those who have a mild addiction to Xanax. The patient is required to come to the facility multiple times a week to be checked by doctors and participate in group therapy or individual counseling. Outpatient treatment is a valid option for people who are unable or unwilling to leave their other commitments for an extended period. By commuting to and from the facility, patients can continue working, going to school, and spending time with their families while still getting the treatment they need.

While an outpatient program is an excellent option for treatment, people must understand it might not be the best option for them. With outpatient treatment, the addict must have a reliable support system at home. They also need a reliable mode of transportation to get them to the treatment facility. Potential patients should always do their research and speak to an admissions team member to determine what the best course of treatment will be for them.


Tricare & TriWest Insurance Accepted

Dr. Paul’s By The Sea is proud to provide service to the men and women in our military forces. We thank you and accept Tricare insurance, allowing us to provide high-quality health resources to active-duty and veteran service members.

Our rehab center near the city of Jacksonville provides substance use disorder and mental health treatments for these service members and their families.   

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Xanax Addiction Treatment in St. Augustine

While the people who need Xanax for an anxiety disorder can often benefit from having a prescription, in many cases, there is a high risk for addiction. Users can quickly get addicted to anti-anxiety medication, whether they are taking it intending to get high or are simply following their doctor's prescription. Addiction to benzodiazepines can be a dangerous problem, especially for people with legitimate anxiety disorder symptoms. At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we address the addiction, but what caused it in the first place. By treating the mental aspect of a Xanax addiction, we can offer a healthier and more accurate way of helping our patients.

It is never easy to escape the cycle of addiction, but having psychological symptoms can make it even more complex and challenging to achieve sobriety. With our treatment program in St. Augustine, patients can reduce their anxiety through individual and group therapy that focuses on the causes of their symptoms. They receive education about both their addiction and their mental illness so that they can handle both problems confidently once they leave treatment. Visit Dr. Paul's By The Sea today and learn more about how we can help you begin a life free of addiction.


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