Alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine. It is prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and insomnia. When used long-term, or without a prescription from a doctor, Xanax addiction can develop. When the abuse and addiction begins, it can cause harmful withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly.
Moreover, it is not uncommon for people to mix Xanax with other drugs, such as opioids. This combination can lead to overdose and even death in some cases. Anyone who suspects they are addicted or know someone that is struggling with addiction should speak to a doctor immediately about treatment options available.
How Does Xanax Work
Xanax comes in tablet form and is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States.
This medication works by slowing down the central nervous system. Unfortunately, once addiction has developed, stopping use without assistance can be dangerous. The withdrawal symptoms experienced after stopping “cold turkey” are similar to those of alcohol or other substances and may include seizures if not managed appropriately.
Although it is possible to develop an addiction to this drug even when it is taken as prescribed, taking the drug for longer than one year adds to this risk. The risk of addiction increases with age, dosage, and length of treatment.
Symptoms of Xanax addiction can include both physical and psychological effects. Some of the most common symptoms and signs of Xanax abuse include:
- Slurred speech
- Poor focus
- Dry mouth
- Issues with movement and memory
- Lowered blood pressure
- Slowed breathing
- Skin rash
After stopping use, it is possible to experience withdrawal symptoms. Xanax addiction can cause the brain and body to become dependent on this drug for daily functioning. When you stop taking your medication suddenly without tapering off or consulting a doctor first, these effects may be even more pronounced.
Withdrawal symptoms of Xanax include:
- Intense cravings
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle cramps
Due to the severity of these symptoms, it is important to seek help from a detox center when trying to stop the use of this drug. During detoxification, the body rids itself of all traces of this drug and readjusts without it.
Detox can be challenging because withdrawal symptoms are so severe, but a medical facility offers 24-hour supervision and care to help ease the process.
Are You or a Loved one suffering from Xanax Addiction?
If the answer to this question is yes, and you are in the South Florida area, contact Harm Reduction Center. Harm Reduction Center is a private healthcare facility that provides highly individualized service to our clients. This includes detox, in and outpatient care, aftercare, and so many other helpful resources.
Each of our programs is tailored to the individual to provide a holistic and empowering approach as our client walks their path to freedom. We aim to enrich our clients as they overcome the physical, emotional, and spiritual obstacles of their addiction. Our team of board-certified medical professionals is here for our clients, helping every step of the way. If you need help, please contact us at the Harm Reductions Center website to start your journey to sobriety.