Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a prescription medication used in the treatment of anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, and acute stress, such as that caused by flight anxiety. This depressant affects the central nervous system, giving the user a calming effect. Side effects of Xanax include drowsiness, dizziness, low energy, and changes in sexual desire.
When used as prescribed, Xanax can be very safe and beneficial, particularly for short periods of time. Even with the first dosage, a user will feel relaxed, and may see a delay in their cognitive process, or even slurring of speech. Prolonged use often requires an increase in dosage to feel these same effects. When done without the supervision of a doctor, the user’s tolerance for the drug increases, as does the likelihood for abuse.
Signs of Xanax Addiction
After opiates, Xanax is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs on the market. Common signs of Xanax abuse include:
- Drowsiness and insomnia
- Blurred or double vision
- Lack of focus and memory problems
- Swollen hands or feet
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of coordination
- Confusion and slurred speech
As the addiction progresses, users could experience suicidal thoughts, depression, hallucinations, seizures, chest pain, and uncontrolled muscle movements.
Treatment for Xanax Addiction
If you or a loved one has been using Xanax for a prolonged period of time without the consult of a doctor or if you show any of the signs of abuse listed above, it is time to seek treatment. It’s important to note that anyone facing Xanax dependence should not stop taking the drug abruptly, as it will put the user at risk for withdrawal symptoms that include heart palpitations, seizures, hallucinations, memory loss, and panic attacks.
Talbott Recovery can help you or a loved one through the addiction process at one of our three treatment facilities conveniently located in Atlanta, Dunwoody, and Columbus, GA. Learn more about our addiction rehab programs, which include both day treatment and intensive outpatient programs.
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