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Xanax is a prescription drug most often used for treating panic attacks and general anxiety disorders. It is the brand name for the benzodiazepine known as alprazolam.

In a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 124,000 emergency room visits in the United States involved Xanax in 2010. A 2013 report from SAMHSA found that doctors had written more than 50 million Xanax prescriptions that year.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Xanax Use

The main effects associated with Xanax include euphoria combined with great mental calm and physical relaxation. Some other common side effects of using Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired coordination and thinking

  • Clumsiness
  • Fluctuating sex drive
  • An inability to stand up

Complications of Xanax Abuse

Extended use of Xanax can be harmful to your physical and emotional health. Some problems it might cause include:

  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Feeling lightheaded

  • Nervousness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Liver damage
  • Breast soreness

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Dangers of Xanax Abuse

Much like other prescription drugs, Xanax can be habit forming, leading to abuse and addiction. Addiction is damaging to your health, but it can change who you are as a person. It can force you to become more reckless and violent, causing you to lash out at your loved ones. Addiction also keeps you from living your life to its fullest by making you focus entirely on using and obtaining drugs.

Xanax addiction is also often associated with certain health problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Organ failure
  • Memory impairment
  • Psychotic experiences

Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

Xanax increases the amount of GABA in your system, which can calm anxiety and inhibit overall brain activity. However, GABA also triggers a flood of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in reward and gratification. Abusers will often continue using Xanax to maintain that sense of reward.

A few common symptoms of Xanax addiction include:

  • Using Xanax for anything other than its prescribed use
  • Relying on Xanax to relieve stress
  • Combining Xanax with other drugs or alcohol
  • Increasing the dosage of the drug without your doctor’s approval

Withdrawals

  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision
  • Sleep troubles
  • Weight loss
  • Seizure
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior

Medical Intervention for Xanax Addiction

Medication is a valuable tool for your detox recovery. When applied properly, medication can help correct chemical imbalances, prevent cravings, or calm withdrawal symptoms. For Xanax, your doctor may prescribe:

  • Chlormethiazole
  • Promethazine
  • Propranolol
  • Antidepressants

Xanax Detox Process

Detox is the first important step to recovering from addiction. The main goal of detox is to remove harmful toxins from your body by stopping or tapering off drug use, administering medication, and waiting.

Inpatient care is the best form of detox. Along with a safe space to help you focus on detox without risk of relapse, inpatient care gives you immediate, 24/7 access to a medical staff. The medical team at an inpatient facility can provide counseling and therapy for emotional support, medication for your withdrawals, and emergency care.

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Detox is just step one in your recovery process. It is required by and often leads directly into longer rehab programs. These rehab programs provide guidance, knowledge, and tools to help develop your character and give you the power to fight addiction each day for long-term sobriety and good health.

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