How to Reduce the Risk of Xanax Addiction

How to Reduce the Risk of Xanax AddictionTalking candidly with your doctor about your Xanax use can help you reduce your risk of developing an addiction. It is vital to be open and honest, since your doctor will not be able to help you if you try to hide the facts about your drug use.

Before you begin taking Xanax, it can be helpful to research details about the drug, such as its dosage instructions, recommended length of use and side effects when mixed with other medications or alcohol. It can also be beneficial to research your family history and be honest about your own addiction history with your doctor. Your genetics and personal history can play a role in how susceptible you may be to addiction.

Identifying mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, early in the process is another way to reduce your risk of Xanax addiction. Mental health issues can cause, perpetuate and worsen addiction. Being honest about any mental health issues can help you and your doctor work together to monitor your Xanax use.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

It can also help to know the warning signs of addiction in case you or a loved one begins experiencing the symptoms of drug abuse. Tolerance can develop after heavy or long-term Xanax use. Someone experiencing tolerance may feel the need to begin taking more Xanax than prescribed in order to achieve the desired effect. If you notice your medication does not seem to be as effective as it once one, you may have become tolerant to the drug. Dependence can be identified by the presence of Xanax withdrawal symptoms and is the body’s way of indicating that it needs the Xanax chemicals in order to function. If you sense the need to take Xanax to feel normal or to curb withdrawal symptoms, it is possible that you have become dependent on your medication. These withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps

Xanax abuse can also cause psychological and behavioral symptoms, such as isolation, mood swings, stealing or illegally purchasing Xanax, neglecting appearance and responsibilities and hoarding a supply of Xanax.

How Treatment Can Help Xanax Addicts

If you think you may be in danger of developing a Xanax addiction, a good first step is to start by speaking with your doctor. If the addiction is caught in the early stages, you and your doctor can gradually decrease your Xanax dosage to avoid withdrawals and find a substitute medication, if necessary. Professional detox and rehab may be a good option for addicts who have struggled with Xanax abuse for a long period of time.

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