Xanax, known generically as alprazolam, is the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine in the United States. It treats anxiety, seizures, insomnia and muscle tension, and it is also highly addictive. It is especially dangerous when combined with alcohol or other depressants, such as opioids, and it can end in overdose when abused. Withdrawing from an addiction to Xanax should never be attempted alone, as the withdrawal effects can be severe and long-lasting. Xanax comes in tablet and liquid form.
Information About Xanax
Xanax works to reduce activity in the central nervous system; slowed breathing, dizziness and impaired judgment result even during normal, safe use. People who abuse Xanax often suffer problems with alertness, judgment, coordination and drowsiness. It can also cause slurred speech, problems with constipation and lightheadedness. When combined with alcohol — another central nervous system depressant — the consequences can be deadly. Poor reflexes, balance, blood pressure, and fainting, coma and death are all likely outcomes of chronically abusing Xanax with alcohol, opiates and other central nervous system depressants together and in large amounts. Because it is powerfully addictive, kicking the habit can be extremely difficult without professional help. This is why physicians generally only prescribe Xanax for shorter treatment periods.
As with most central nervous system depressants, including Xanax, taking more and more of the drug to get the same high becomes necessary. As your tolerance for Xanax grows, so does your brain’s reliance on it — at first, you need Xanax to get high. Next, you’ll need it to feel relaxed. Finally, you’ll have to take it just to feel normal, and living without the drug will be impossible. Cravings and physically uncomfortable symptoms will grow stronger, and will only abate with another dose of Xanax. When this occurs, you’ll need help quitting — especially if you are no longer taking Xanax exactly as prescribed or if you continue to take it even though your original symptoms of discomfort disappeared.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
Alcohol, narcotic painkillers, Xanax, Valium and marijuana are all depressants, and they are the most frequently abused substances in the world. You might find yourself taking Xanax alongside alcohol, for example, or even an opioid painkiller such as Vicodin. If you’re concerned that you have developed an addiction to Xanax but you’re not sure if you need help, ask yourself:
- Do I get more than one prescription from more than one doctor, buy it on the street or take it from a friend?
- Do I lie about how much Xanax I take to others?
- Do I feel anxious and irritable when I can’t take my drugs on time?
- Do I keep using Xanax even though I can’t really afford it?
- Do I keep going back to using, even though I try to stop?
- Am I afraid of withdrawal?
- Do I have increasing problems with my relationships, at work or with the law?
- Do I spend more time alone or with a new crowd of people who love drugs as much as I do?
- Do I suffer from memory problems of feel confused a lot?
- Do I know that it’s time to quit using?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, the time to get help is now.
Recover From Addiction Safely and Thoroughly
Because of the way benzodiazepines such as Xanax work in the brain, quitting suddenly without help is never advisable. At 12 Keys, we can help you manage uncomfortable Xanax withdrawal symptoms and teach you how to beat cravings. You’ll learn why drug abuse became a problem and rebuild a satisfying lifestyle — on your terms, without drugs.
You don’t have to let Xanax define your choices. Call us now for a complimentary consultation, and find out how 12 Keys Rehab can help you find your path to freedom, starting today.