Xanax is one of the most widely-prescribed medications for treating anxiety. It’s also one that many people often misuse or become addicted to. Those with a Xanax problem could require in-patient treatment at a Columbus rehabilitation facility in order to beat their addiction.
What happens if you have a Xanax dependency but the rehab facility does not have any beds available? Can they provide you with other resources? If you’ve been turned away due to a lack of bed space, here’s what you can expect.
Overcoming Insurance Obstacles
In some cases, there’s not actually a shortage of bed space. Instead, it’s a matter of insurance approval. In other words, there are empty beds, but the fact that your insurance company has not authorized treatment means you are unable to occupy them.
Obtaining insurance approval is often a tricky thing. However, it’s also one our staff is very familiar with. Many times, we are able to identify minor glitches that are holding your approval up. In that case, you would be able to proceed with treatment as planned.
Sometimes the problem is not with insurance, but rather the fact that there really are no beds available. What happens in that instance? This is something we hope will not happen, but are fully prepared for if and when it does.
Occasionally, we will receive an influx of patients. When we reach capacity, we immediately begin adding names to our waiting list. If you’re turned away, we will scrub our list to come up with an approximate timeline for admittance.
We strive to make your wait as short as possible as we know your successful recovery depends on it. At the same time, we want to provide our existing clients with high-quality care so that none of them are rushed. By balancing both, we can provide effective treatment to as many Columbus-area residents as possible.
Resources While You’re Waiting
So what happens from the time you are placed on our waiting list until the time you are finally admitted? This time is very crucial, which is why our Columbus drug detox facility will provide you with other resources whenever possible. Many are groups that we have already established a relationship with and can therefore feel comfortable referring you to.
What resources are available for those who are forced to wait on Xanax treatment? The ones we recommend may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Mental health treatment facilities
• 12-Step and other aftercare programs
• Religious organizations
• Local mentors
• Addiction and substance abuse hotlines
Just because we provide you with outside resources does not mean we are not available for you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at any time and we will do our best to help you address them.
Withdrawing from Xanax: What to Expect
There are some measures you can take while waiting for a bed to become available. For example, you may want to begin gradually weaning yourself off of Xanax. When doing so, keep in mind that this is something that should only be done with the advice and consent of your physician. So do not try this until you have spoken with your doctor.
Some side effects could occur if you decrease your Xanax usage. A few of the most common ones are:
• Lightheadedness and dizziness
• Involuntary movements or “tics”
• Frequent or severe headaches
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or upset stomach
• Confusion and/or memory impairment
Seek medical treatment at once if you experience severe side effects or cravings. Do not try to substitute your Xanax use with alcohol or other benzodiazepines in order to compensate.
Preparing for In-Patient Treatment
Waiting for a bed will provide you with more time in which to get your affairs in order. During this period, you can make arrangements for child care or schedule time off from work. We recommend doing these things right away as you never quite know when a bed will become available. You may also wish to pack a suitcase and have it ready for when you finally do get that phone call.
Ready for You-Even While You’re Waiting
At our Columbus rehab facility, we want to help you overcome your Xanax addiction. That’s true regardless of whether we currently have bed space available. Reach out to us at 833-497-3812 to learn more about your treatment options as well as some available resources.