Xanax is a depressant drug that is in the benzodiazepine class of medications. It is extremely effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and stress and panic disorders by helping the user relax. However, Xanax is addicting, and many people find that once they experiment with this drug, they are unable to stop.
Xanax, or the generic drug alprozolam, is designed to relax the body, induce sleep, and provide a calming effect on the user. Many Americans today use the drug as prescribed by a doctor to combat disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. However, the drug is also being abused by a growing number of people who are looking for a quick fix.
Dangers of Xanax Abuse
When abused, Xanax can lead to stomach problems, blurred vision, memory problems, lack of focus, confusion, and lack of coordination. More serious health consequences, including toxicity, decreased respiration, seizures, and hypertension have also been reported. Those who abuse this drug will feel strong cravings for the substance, an overwhelming feeling of sleepiness, and withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped. Xanax is often abused along with other drugs and alcohol, leading to a host of dangerous consequences like toxicity and death.
Loved ones who suspect their family member or friend might be abusing Xanax will often notice that the person takes the medication at higher doses or for longer periods of time than were prescribed. They may be caught doctor shopping or forging prescriptions to get more of the medication. The individual might begin to show risky behavior or make poor decisions, and will become withdrawn and sleep much more than normal.
Treatment for Xanax Abuse
When an individual or their family comes to the realization that they have an addiction to Xanax, they should find help right away. In order to recover from this type of addiction, the person must first withdraw from the substance. In the case of benzos like Xanax, this can be dangerous and even life-threatening. The person should not stop taking the medication suddenly, but rather, should consult a doctor and detox under the supervision of medical staff.
Once detox is complete, the person will need to go through therapy sessions which will help them understand the reasons for their addiction, and help them learn healthy behaviors to replace the addiction. If you are looking for help for a Xanax addiction, My Recovery Helper is here. Contact us today at 1.844.867.6835 to learn how we can help.