Xanax: Abusing Prescriptions

Despite the prevalence of attention given to abuse of prescription painkillers, one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the US is in fact Xanax and its generic form, alprazolam. From the class of benzodiazepine drugs, a grouping of controlled substances that also includes Valium and Klonopin, Xanax is a central nervous depressant meant to aid in the treatment of panic attacks as well as severe anxiety. The fast acting drug gives users a sense of calm and mild euphoria, however when use becomes extended over time, tolerance and abuse can quickly lead to dangerous physical and emotional dependencies. Xanax addiction can quickly spiral out of control for those afflicted and potentially cause severe health issues.


Symptoms of Xanax Abuse

Because of its classification as a depressant, the most common effect Xanax has on users is causing a sense of drowsiness. As a person takes more of the substance on a regular basis, tolerance for the drug builds. What began as mild drowsiness can evolve into constant state of lethargy where an individual begins shirking responsibilities, has difficultly with fine motor skills, and always seems to have their thoughts in a haze. The may seem confused, have a lot difficultly with short term memory, have trouble articulating thoughts, and may even have problems with their vision. Weight loss or a change in libido can also be symptoms occurring in conjunction with those mentioned that might further indicate the presence of a Xanax addiction.

Dangers of Xanax Addiction
As a drug that depresses the central nervous system, which also develops a tolerance in a user over time, the dangers of Xanax abuse are dramatic. A major issue with Xanax is its usage in conjunction with other substances, most notably alcohol. Since both are depressants, the simultaneous use of alcohol and Xanax carries the risk of experiencing fatal respiratory failure. Often, when someone abusing Xanax consumes alcohol, they do not consider the serious and immediate consequences of doing so because the usage of Xanax has become such a normalized behavior.

Xanax Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms from Xanax can cause intense discomfort, however they are very manageable with acceptance and a willingness to partake in betterment. Insomnia, headaches, nausea, chills, paranoia and anxiety all can accompany withdrawal from benzodiazepines. It is important to remember that for most, when under the supervision of rehabilitation professionals, these symptoms pass in a few days ad present the most difficult stage of overcoming Xanax addiction. It will take time for a person’s body and mind to recover from the abuse of the drug, and any recovery effort necessitates a course of therapeutic treatment. With the proper treatment, abuse and addiction of Xanax can be overcome.

Getting Help
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic Xanax abuse and addiction, Pathways offers a residential treatment facility located in Sarasota, Florida. At Pathways, the recovery process begins with qualified and professional treatment practices meant to free lives held captive by the disease of addiction. For more information, please contact the professionals of Pathways Florida here.