Xanax is a brand name for the generic drug alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine. It has a sedative or tranquilizing effect and is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Like many prescription medications, Xanax has a high potential for addiction and is frequently abused. Vertava Health Ohio offers a substance abuse treatment program designed specifically for people struggling with alprazolam addiction. Call Vertava Health Ohio today at 850.374.5331 if you need help.
Recognizing Alprazolam Addiction
Xanax is a Schedule IV controlled substance, which means those who use the drug are at high risk for addiction. It is also one of the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines in the U.S. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that in 2021, more than 44,000 people received emergency room treatment for issues caused by using Xanax and other benzodiazepines.
Addiction develops from taking the substance more frequently or in larger doses than it was originally prescribed. Continuing to take Xanax for longer periods can also lead to addiction. Tolerance begins to build with prolonged use. People start needing more of the drug to achieve their desired effects.
If you or someone you care about is missing out on important events or giving up on activities they once loved so that they can abuse Xanax, a treatment program can help.
Side Effects and Warning Signs of Xanax Addiction
Alprazolam is typically prescribed for short-term use. When used correctly, it can be effective for managing stress, anxiety, and panic disorder. When abused, it can cause a host of physical and psychological side effects, including:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination and motor control
- Drowsiness, fatigue
- Doctor shopping
- Blurry vision
- Spending a disproportionate amount of time, energy, and money getting, using, or recovering from Xanax withdrawal symptoms
- Engaging in risky behaviors while under the influence of Xanax, such as driving
- Buying alprazolam illegally or asking friends, family members, or others for their leftover pills
In the case of overdose, difficulty breathing, coma, and death can occur.
An inability to fulfill other responsibilities or meet personal goals due to Xanax use is another major warning sign of addiction. Craving the substance or continuing to use it even though you are suffering negative consequences from Xanax abuse are more signs that you may need treatment for Xanax addiction.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms happen when a person has become physically dependent on a drug and stop taking it. If you or someone you know is experiencing withdrawal symptoms between doses of Xanax, you may already be depending on the drug. Dependence is not the same as addiction, but it will likely lead to addiction if it has not already developed.
Symptoms of alprazolam withdrawal include:
- Shaking, tremors
- Irritability, agitation
- Inability to focus or pay attention
- Muscle aches and pains
- Muscle tension
- Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea
Symptom reemergence can also be a result of withdrawal. It refers to the return of symptoms for which Xanax was originally prescribed, such as anxiety or panic disorders. Symptom rebound — the return of withdrawal symptoms long after the physical symptoms of withdrawal should already have ended — may also occur in some people.
Vertava Health Ohio Offers a Xanax Addiction Treatment Program
If you think you are addicted to Xanax, do not stop taking the medication “cold turkey.” Our medically assisted detox program is designed to keep patients safe and comfortable as they go through the withdrawal process.
A more positive detox experience sets a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Call Vertava Health Ohio today at 850.374.5331 with your questions and concerns about Xanax addiction.