How Do I Know If I Have a Real Addiction?

How Do I Know If I Have a Real Addiction?

Over time, you build up a tolerance to the drug, which means you need to take more of it to get the same effects

If you use Xanax, you may eventually wonder if you are addicted to it. It is easy to focus on the amount of the substance that you use, but this fact alone may not be the best way to determine if you are addicted to the drug or not. In fact, it is possible that you are using a medicine in the exact amount that your doctor prescribed, yet you can still be addicted. To help people determine whether or not they are addicted to a substance, Psychology Today says to measure how important that substance is to you. For example, if not taking Xanax is something that would completely interrupt your life (if you could not do anything until you get more of the medication), then you may have a real addiction.

In most cases, Xanax (also called alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. This drug helps create a calming effect in the brain and nervous system, so addiction is harder to define with such conditions. Also, consider the side effects from Xanax, which include drowsiness, dizziness, change in sex drive and more. These side effects can make it seem like someone is forgetful, clumsy, discouraged, sad, irritable, tired, weak, unsteady or has a hard time concentrating. If you experience any of these symptoms—or anything you think may be a side effect of the drug—then do not assume that you are addicted to Xanax. Instead, talk with your doctor immediately, as side effects of addiction can be serious. When you talk with your doctor, be open and honest. Tell the whole story, not just part of it, because it is better to be slightly embarrassed for a couple moments and to get the help you need than to ignore a problem and suffer.

Consider the following areas of life to determine if you are addicted to Xanax:

You Use More Xanax than Prescribed

Using more Xanax than your doctor prescribes is dangerous. Over time, you build up a tolerance to the drug, which means you need to take more of it to get the same effects. When you abuse more Xanax to overcome tolerance, you harm not only yourself, but also the relationships in your life: your family, friends, others in your community and even co-workers. For example, should you drive when taking too much Xanax, you are much more likely to be involved in an accident. Even if you are just in your home, you are much more likely to injure yourself if you are high. If you combine Xanax with alcohol, then the effects are amplified, which means you could overdose.

Again, if you are take more of this substance than is prescribed, then please speak with your doctor. Do not try to stop using this drug without medical supervision, because withdrawal symptoms for Xanax include nausea, vomiting, increased anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Statistics show that over 125,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to complications with this drug, so do not hesitate to get help.

You Experience Cravings for More Xanax

If you are having strong urges to take Xanax, then you are have a craving, which is a hallmark of addiction. While craving the drug, you think about it a lot and even fixate on it, which means you will keep coming back to the thought of taking more. Do not overlook this issue, nor should you take it lightly, because your self-discipline is finite. In other words, the more you think about using drugs, the more likely you will eventually give in to temptation. Contact your doctor and tell her specifically what you are experiencing; get the help you need to stay clean.

You Isolate Yourself from Others

If you struggle to be around others because it takes away from time you can take Xanax, then you have a problem. We all need relationships and to spend time with other people, but you may experience strained relationships if loved ones notice that you are acting differently. Maybe you are depressed or have thoughts of harming yourself. When you are depressed, you may not intentionally pull away from others, but it may be a subconscious act. This act differs from taking medicine to heal from surgery or a chronic condition. In many cases, addiction takes over your life and replaces everything in your life.

Whether or not you are addicted is hard to tell, so it is helpful to have the help of an outside perspective when you face challenges with substance abuse. The best treatment is often through talking with a certified professional who thoroughly understands your specific situation. You can get help right now by reaching out to our admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. If you would like to know more about treatment, then do not make assumptions. Instead, get the facts you need so you can be informed and begin to heal.

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