Harms of Recreational Xanax Use

Harms of Recreational Xanax UseOne of the greatest risks of recreational Xanax use is an addiction with brutal, relentless and life-threatening consequences. Those who only use Xanax on occasion often believe that they are immune to the risk of addiction; that they can stop using the drug whenever they chose to. Depending upon the person and dosage, a Xanax addiction can develop within just a few short weeks, and here is how:

  • One can build a tolerance to Xanax. This requires larger doses in order to get high, or feel the drug’s intended effects. Higher doses of the drug increase the likelihood of addiction and other dangers.
  • When larger or more continued doses are taken, a person can actually develop a physical need, or dependency, for the drug in order to function. Think of it like coffee, but much, much stronger; once the body gets used to operating with drugs, it needs drugs to function.
  • Over time the body will become accustomed to the drug and not want to be without it. As a physical reaction the body will go through withdrawal when users do not take the drug regularly. Withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking high blood pressure and intense anxiety, make a user feel miserable, uncomfortable or unsatisfied when they are not using Xanax. This frequently prevents users from quitting.

Can Recreational Xanax Use Cause Permanent Damage?

Xanax acts directly on the brain’s central nervous system. The drug acts as a depressant to the brain’s neurons resulting in lowered brain activity; in doing so a user can feel more relaxed, calm or even sedated. Over time a person may become psychologically dependent upon the drug as well. Brain activity controls every function of the human body. By messing with the brain’s chemical make-up, a person is causing the brain to be reliant on Xanax. Without the drug the brain will feel excruciating psychological confusion and pain causing the following symptoms:

  • Rebound anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Severe mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Psychological dependency can forever alter the brain’s natural chemical balance, requiring the use of medication in order for one to feel normal or well.

What Are the Side Effects and Other Dangers of Xanax Use?

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As a central nervous system depressant, Xanax causes side effects that impair one’s mental and physical coordination. Side effects of Xanax use may include the following:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches, coma
  • Mental confusion, hallucinations, paranoia
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Severe mood swings: aggression, rage, hostility
  • Agitation, hyperactivity, mania, restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Overdose
  • Death

These side effects lead to thousands of emergency room visits each year. Accidental injury and death, unfortunately, are frequent results of Xanax abuse; and this affects not only the user but those around them as well, i.e. cases of drugged driving accidents.

Xanax Addiction Help

There is always a deeper cause when it comes to substance abuse; it can be peer pressure, stress, hurting emotions, or even psychological or physical pain. Whatever the reason, substance abuse is not the answer. Drugs will not provide a permanent cure, heal or solve your problems; they will only make them significantly worse.

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