How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Xanax?

How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Xanax?Xanax may show few outward signs of use at low doses. When abused and taken in high doses the following physical side effects may occur:

  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired breathing
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating

Xanax may also cause seizures, if use is stopped abruptly. If these symptoms are excessive or your child is falling asleep or unresponsive, he or she may be experiencing an overdose. Call 911 if you think your child is overdosing on Xanax or other drugs.

Changes in behavior may also occur with Xanax abuse. Xanax can relieve anxiety temporarily, but when abused it may lead to mood swings, depression or anxiety. Your child may lose interest in formerly enjoyed activities and hobbies and may stop spending time with old friends. He or she may become disruptive at home or avoid spending time with family members. Symptoms of Xanax use may be similar to those of other drugs of abuse. When your child is behaving strangely, it could be due to the use of one or more drugs. Xanax use may lead to rebound anxiety, emotional blunting and compulsive behaviors.

How to Talk to Your Child about Xanax

Your child may be defensive about his or her drug use. If you are fairly sure they are using, ask them. Many children who take Xanax may not appreciate the health risks, so you may want to tell them how Xanax can cause brain damage and lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Focus on helping them quit Xanax without becoming angry or judgmental. If your child is abusing Xanax, he or she may be self-medicating symptoms of depression or anxiety. You may want to consider family counseling to discuss any issues that aren’t being talked about at home. Your child may be afraid to talk to you about certain problems, or there may be other conflicts in the home that are causing stress.

Find Treatment for Xanax Addiction

If you think your child is using Xanax, we can help. We can help you assess the situation, find age-appropriate addiction treatment and address any damage addiction has done to your family. Call our toll-free 24 hour helpline to speak with one of our counselors about addressing a child’s Xanax use.

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