Xanax abuse affects millions of people in the United States each and every year. Xanax is a prescription medication used in the treatment of severe anxiety and panic disorders. Its official name is alprazolam, and it is a benzodiazepine. It helps calm the person taking it by depressing an overactive central nervous system. Unfortunately, the drug that is meant to treat mental illness has been known to result in Xanax abuse. In fact, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Xanax abuse is the most common among prescription medications. Call (908) 329-2283 to find out more about Drug Treatment Centers Summit.
People who begin taking the medication on the advice of their doctor may not become addicted to the substance. However, if they make changes to the dosage without consulting their physicians, they may develop an addiction. It can be difficult to determine when someone has a Xanax addiction. Some signs include:
While these are indications of Xanax abuse, not everyone who takes this drug has had it prescribed to them. They may take a pill from someone else or even buy it on the street. It becomes more dangerous when someone uses it primarily for recreational purposes.
The substance causes an immediate result, which is why it is appealing to addicts. However, it also fades just as fast and the person often requires more as the body becomes accustomed to the drug. With increased dosage, the person also becomes addicted. This can take weeks or just a few days. It depends on the dosage and frequency, as well as the person’s unique DNA. Each person may react differently to the same drug.
It is often difficult to stop taking the drug once the body has become accustomed to it. The medication has altered the body’s chemistry to the point where it will crave the medication. When it doesn’t receive another dose, it starts suffering from withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal can be very unpleasant.
For this reason, it is important that people abusing the prescription medication seek help when they want to stop. While a substance abuse facility cannot guarantee that a person will not experience any withdrawal symptoms, it can help reduce them and provide medical help if anything serious should occur.
The drug on its own can be bad enough, but the real danger lies in combining it with other substances. The most common combination is with alcohol. The two drugs together can result in an overdose that leads to death. Xanax taken with other medications can cause serious side effects. It can be dangerous when combined with narcotics, sleep medications, and other benzos.
People who take the drug for non-medical uses may suffer long-term effects. Short-term memory loss is one such consequence. Addicts may also have psychotic episodes, depression and delirium. They may exhibit impulsive behavior or be aggressive. Substance abuse centers treat Xanax addiction in addition to illicit drug abuse. You can choose either inpatient or outpatient care. A person should never make the mistake of thinking it is easier to stop taking Xanax than a drug such as heroin. It can cause a severe addiction and be just as dangerous as street drugs. Call Drug Treatment Centers Summit today at (908) 329-2283.
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