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.
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:
Extended use of Xanax can be harmful to your physical and emotional health. Some problems it might cause include:
Xanax addiction is also often associated with certain health problems, including:
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.
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.
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.