Xanax is a benzodiazepine, indicating that it works to calm the brain. Moreover, when Xanax is present in the body, it attaches itself to GABA receptors in the brain to produce an overall sensation of calm. This is extremely beneficial for individuals who are suffering from anxiety or panic disorders, for which Xanax is often prescribed.
When used appropriately as directed by a medical or mental health professional, Xanax can significantly improve the lives of people dealing with anxiety disorders. However, when Xanax is abused for self-medication or recreational purposes, it can be extremely habit-forming, which can result in addiction.
The symptoms that develop when a person is addicted to Xanax are dependent upon how much Xanax he or she has been using, at what rate he or she is using, and the duration of use. However, symptoms most often linked to Xanax addiction include the following:
Other symptoms can include tachycardia (increased heart rate,) seizures, depression, and hostility.
As with most addictive substances, those who misuse Xanax are at heightened risk for an overdose, which has the potential to be fatal. Someone who has tolerance to Xanax will need increasing amounts of the substance to get high, which means that he or she is compelled to increase the dose.
At some point, that dose is going to become too high and can cause an overdose to occur, when the body cannot process that much Xanax. This is even more dangerous when Xanax is used in combination with other drugs, such as opioids, or alcohol.
Fortunately, Xanax addiction is very treatable. When one is addicted to a benzodiazepine such as Xanax, that individual should begin treatment with a medical detox so that he or she can be supervised 24/7 for any physical or psychological complications that might occur.
Following detox, the individual can transition into an inpatient treatment program that offers several different therapies, such as psychotherapy, developed to address the many components that can contribute to a Xanax addiction.
Treatment for Xanax addiction should not stop once an individual completes a treatment program, which is why we also offer aftercare planning services. This service can help former patients connect to external resources such as support groups and therapists.
Xanax addiction can be extremely difficult to experience, especially if you want to stop but just do not know how to. Reaching out for help is the first step. If you are addicted to this prescription drug and are ready to stop, contact us right now.
We understand how you are feeling and how your Xanax addiction has impacted your life. We know the pain behind your addiction, and we are here to encourage and support you in ways that allow you to address the underlying causes of your addiction.
Do not let one more day go by without picking up the phone and calling us. We can help you face your fears about getting sober, and show you the benefits of living a life of recovery, free of Xanax addiction.