Xanax Addiction: Things You Should Know
Xanax is the brand name of the benzodiazepine prescription medication called alprazolam. Typically used to treat people who have anxiety and panic disorders, Xanax works by interacting with the brain’s receptors to inhibit brain activity related to anxiety. However, a Xanax addiction may result when the drug is misused.
How Is Xanax Used?
Xanax is a fast-acting drug. Most people feel the effects within 60 minutes and they will last about six hours. It can be taken multiple times a day as outlined by the doctor’s prescription. Unfortunately, even those taking the medication as prescribed may become addicted without even realizing it.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction?
Misuse of Xanax may lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction. Xanax addiction comes from abuse by individuals who take it recreationally, take too much, or take it more frequently than prescribed for its sedative effects.
People with a Xanax addiction also build up a tolerance where they need more of it to feel the same effects. Dependency may develop when people want to avoid the withdrawal symptoms that occur when they aren’t taking the medication. Life revolves around drug use, and may lead to some taking other drugs when they can’t gain access to Xanax.
A research study by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) reported that benzodiazepines were involved in 28.7% of emergency room visits in 2011. Alprazolam (Xanax) was the benzodiazepine found in about one-third (9.9%) of these visits.
Physical Signs and Symptoms
- Sleeping for long durations
- Concentration problems
- Memory problems
- Low energy
Mental and Social Signs and Symptoms
- Relationships problems with close friends and family
- Marital problems
- Job issues from missing work
- Financial problems from spending money on Xanax
- Losing interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
What Are the Effects of Xanax Addiction?
Using alprazolam for long periods of time can cause many negative effects on the human body. Since this drug depresses the central nervous system, it slows down certain mental and physical parts of the body. Typical effects of alprazolam abuse include:
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Repressed breathing
- Memory impairment
- Prolonged sedation (lasting three to four days)
Xanax and Alcohol
Xanax is a depressant and so is alcohol. When taken together, a dangerous situation could result where breathing slows down to dangerous levels or stops completely. Combining alprazolam (or any other benzodiazepine) could lead to serious injuries, coma or death.
Do You Need Help Understanding Your Xanax Treatment Options? We Have the Answers
The first step to building a foundation to recovery is a medically supervised detox to slowly and comfortably wean your body away from all drugs and alcohol. We do this on-site, where most other rehabs send you to a detox center or hospital first.
Our gender-focused residential treatment plans for men and women begin after detox. We offer medical, mental health and social services for a whole-being approach to healing and good health. Holistic therapies such as equine, yoga, and other expressive therapies gives you a wide variety of ways to express yourself while recovering.
Lakeview Health has a dedicated Wellness Center with activities scheduled seven days a week. Our exercise programs are customized to your age and level of fitness. Through workouts, you’ll learn how to feel good without drugs, how to handle stress, and develop healthy habits that carry with you to independent living.
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Our admissions specialists are here 24/7 to start the process for a healthier, more rewarding and fulfilling life for you or a loved one. Call Lakeview Health now at 866-704-7692 to verify your insurance.