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Teen Xanax Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles

Xanax abuse among teens in Los Angeles becomes worse every year, and because of this, the need for treatment is also on the rise. Xanax, popularly known as Alprazolam, is initially prescribed by a doctor to manage anxiety, but many teens are now using it as a party drug. In Los Angeles, complaints of deaths related to benzodiazepines such as Xanax are on the rise. It’s also become common knowledge that teenagers mix Xanax with opioids to get the best results. Unfortunately, this combination is deadly and has led to high death rates among users. This is why it’s important to get your child the help they need as soon as possible.

Understanding Teen Xanax Abuse

How Does Xanax Work?

The chemical compounds in Xanax suppress neurotransmitters in the brain, thereby reducing anxiety. Higher dosages of Xanax in the body induce a calming effect and trigger gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the chemical compound responsible for suppressing excitement in the nervous system.
It is a commonly prescribed drug to treat a variety of mental illnesses, including panic disorders and anxiety disorders. Other things Xanax helps with include irritability, insomnia, and muscle tension.

Causes of Teen Xanax Abuse

Why Do Teens Take and Abuse Xanax?

For years, the major focus of discussion on the misuse of this prescription medicine has been on adults, such as overly nervous parents and stressed-out company executives. A study conducted in the US found that Xanax had the highest prescription rate of any psychiatric medication in the country. Another report published in 2018 shows that one in five people who take prescribed Xanax misuse it. Most worryingly, adolescents between the ages of 18 and 25 accounted for 10% of people who misused the drug.
Three major factors have emerged as fundamental drivers for the recent Xanax abuse in teens uptick:
  • Accessibility: While some teenagers obtain their own Xanax prescriptions, many others merely need to enter their parents’ bathroom and go through the medication cabinet.
  • Internet Exposure: Young people all across the world are experimenting with risky habits they observe online. While social media sites have made it easier to remain in touch with friends and family, they have also opened up new ways to purchase narcotics.
  • Increased Tension and Stress: In today’s environment, adolescent stress is at an all-time high. Year after year, documented instances relating to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and other concerns continue to increase, and with it so does the prevalence of Xanax usage among teenagers.

Teen Xanax Abuse Signs

Signs and Side Effects of Xanax Abuse in Teens

Xanax abuse in teens can have serious and long-lasting effects on physical and mental health. While the short-term impacts are more visible and immediate, long-term effects can be more damaging.


Xanax negatively affects the amygdala, dorsomedial thalamus, and hippocampus, leading to depression and mood changes.


Memory loss is common in teens who abuse Xanax due to the decrease in brain signals. This impacts short-term memory causing amnesia.


Xanax disrupts the supplementary motor area of the medial frontal lobe, leading to manic symptoms. This side effect is common in teens with bipolar disorder.


Teens who use Xanax mixed with other substances like Alcohol may also easily become restless and violent due to cognitive deficits.

Teen Xanax Abuse Treatment by Key Healthcare

Teen Xanax Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

There are many ways to help your teen stop abusing Xanax. Most of the time, adolescents will use Xanax to cope with their stress or anxiety. This is why Key Healthcare provides dual diagnosis Xanax abuse treatment to treat both the mental health condition and substance abuse. We develop individualized treatment plans to ensure long-term recovery for your child. If you are interested in learning more about our teen xanax abuse treatment options, or if you’re looking for programs for out of control teenager near me, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Our adolescent outpatient program for Xanax abuse takes place 9 hours per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through the reasons for their Xanax use.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)

Our teens partial hospitalization program for Xanax addiction takes place 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3-4 weeks. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the coping skills needed to stop abusing Xanax and treat underlying mental health issues.

Teen Residential Treatment Program

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment program is a 45-60 day program in Malibu, California, where adolescents receive the highest level of care, with 24/7 support.

Extended Care

Our male-only extended care facility for teens Xanax abuse treatment is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around the clock support to treat all mental health and substance abuse issues related to his Xanax use.

Individual and Group Therapy

We utilize a variety of individual therapeutic approaches for teens and youth group counseling to treat their mental health conditions and dual diagnosis Xanax addiction, including cognitive behavioraldialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. During these sessions, teens will learn coping skills and how to process emotions.

Insurances We Accept

Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.

Our Devoted Xanax Abuse Treatment Specialists

Ryan Blivas Key Healthcare

Ryan Blivas is one of the co-founders of Key Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA.

Evan Powell

Evan Powell is one of the co-founders of Key Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by his own treatment journey, he and Ryan set out to change the narrative for clients, and help them find a brighter path.

Nick Lodato Licenses Family Therapist Key Healthcare Los Angeles

As Executive Director, Nick oversees the quality of care clients receive and focuses on improving their daily lives.

Vinsent Franke, CADC-II, MBA

Vinsent brings 15 years of operational experience to ensure quality of care and expert-level treatment is delivered to all clients.

Matt Metcalf, MSW, LCSW, BICBT-CC

Matt Metcalf is the founder and owner of DBT Tri-Counties, a clinical social work practice.

Marc Heiser, MD

Dr. Marc Heiser, MD/PHD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who holds both an MD and a PHD in neuroscience from USF.

Ali Angle, MA, AMFT

Ali's approach is grounded in continued assurance of a safe environment, where she strives to help clients connect with themselves.

Garland Gerber, MA, MFT, CADAC-II

Garland is a family systems expert who spends time advocating for Substance Use Disorders with the Los Angeles District Attorney.

Lauren Dummit, LMFT

Lauren is experienced in treating trauma and addiction (eating disorders, substance abuse, & other behavioral addictions.)

Eric Katende, MA, AMFT

Eric describes himself as LGBTQIA+ affirmative, promoting body positivity and well versed in issues related to gender.

Frances Cocksedge, MA, AMFT

Frances' approach draws from her creative background, integrating expressive arts with psychodynamic analysis.

Matt Cox, CADAC -I

Matt is an experienced operations expert with a vast knowledge of both Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.

Katrina Sullivan

Katrina graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology. She has brought this expertise and care to her role as she helps families navigate the admissions process.

Alicia Brown

After spending 3 years in admissions, Alicia brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to help spread awareness of Key Healthcare.

Chanelle Catuogno

Chanelle specializes in surf therapy, where she has been a professional surf instructor for the past 6 years.

Julie Mond, MA, AMFT

Julie brings a holistic approach where all parts of ourselves are welcome, mind, body, and soul. She believes in the deep healing transformational power of the creative expressive arts, weaving creative writing, theater, and art into her work, especially with groups.

Connor Gray, CADAC

Conor has gained experience working in the field of recovery services as a recovery coach and support staff for 7 years.

Argishti Stephanian, M.S.

Argishti is Key Healthcare’s Academic Director and Family Academic Advisor.

Kash Dabbagh

Kash has 6+ years of experience working with teens and their families through various roles in the mental health setting. He is now a Case Manager and Group Facilitator.

Sam Meyer

Sam graduated with a BA in Psychology from CU Boulder and has a background in directorial, admissions, direct care, and marketing roles in mental health treatment.

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