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Xanax Addiction Treatment

Warning Signs and Treatment

Xanax, a drug prescribed to relive moderate to severe anxiety, seems harmless enough on the surface. Everyday people who suffer from a variety of symptoms ranging from insomnia to panic attacks are given Xanax in order to be able to execute daily tasks. Xanax, depending on the patient’s condition, can be prescribed for both short-term and long-term use. Unfortunately those who are treated witstopping the use of Xanaxh Xanax over a long period of time often face an addiction to the prescribed drug upon recovery from their previous symptoms.

Xanax is the trade name of a drug called Alprazolam, from the Benzodiazepine family. Other drugs in this family include Valium, Librium and Restoril. Using Xanax for an extended period or at a high daily dosage can habituate the body to the drug. Suddenly stopping the drug can have serious consequences. It is recommended for those who have been taking Xanax regularly to gradually reduce their dose over the course of weeks, in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

The best way to monitor for addiction is to be aware of any withdrawal symptoms that may be exhibited while using or while stopping the use of Xanax.

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Increasing the dose without a doctor’s advice
  • Doctor shopping, seeing multiple physicians to get multiple prescriptions
  • Extreme anxiety when the drug is no longer available or running low
  • The original symptoms return and a higher dosage of Xanax is required to get back to “normal.” Patients who are addicted no longer take the drug in response to anxiety caused by external factors, but anxiety from not taking the Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety drug).
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Panic attacks
  • Mild headaches
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Fragile emotional state
  • Grief
  • Disconnectedness
  • Lack of focus
  • Inability to remember recent events
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Because Xanax is not a “street drug” most people who develop an addiction start by taking it as a prescribed medication. Upon becoming addicted, patients oftentimes secure their Xanax fix outside of the medical field. Even more dangerous are the other types of street drugs abused along with Xanax, making for a deadly combination.

Severe Xanax withdrawal symptoms:

  • Delusions and hallucinations, these start out by only being visual but progress into full on hallucinations. Patients may feel as if they are having a nervous breakdown or that they are going crazy due to the bizarre thoughts that occur.
  • Delirium, which is the loss of sense of person and place. This symptom must be monitored closely as it can be very dangerous and result in inappropriate behavior.
  • Tonic, a full body grand mal seizure. This is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Withdrawal symptoms can occur as soon as six hours after the last dose, peak at twenty-four hours, and leave the body after approximately three days. Xanax addiction is very serious. Although Xanax is usually obtained legally and through a prescription, it remains a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act, and the addiction is just as real as an addiction to an illegal drug. If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction to Xanax there are a number of treatment and/or intervention options available. Because Xanax withdrawal can be very dangerous and because self-withdrawal doesn’t usually work, it is imperative that one seeks the assistance of a knowledgeable physician or psychiatrist to assist with the process.


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