I Got Addicted to Xanax from a Doctor’s Prescription

I Got Addicted to Xanax from a Doctor’s PrescriptionXanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and it can be prescribed after a traumatic or stressful event in a person’s life. When in tablet form Xanax is usually taken 2 to 4 times a day or if in an extended release form only once a day. Xanax can be addictive even if used with a prescription.

How Xanax Addiction Starts

Many people believe that prescription drugs are safe or that you cannot become addicted to a drug you are prescribed by a doctor. A steady inflow of foreign chemicals from prescription drugs like Xanax can change the way the body functions. The reward paths in the brain are disrupted when large or continuous doses of Xanax are taken. This imbalance creates the following:

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Cravings for more Xanax
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Withdrawal symptoms

After tolerance has built up and you need larger doses of Xanax to achieve the desired effects, you may become dependent on Xanax. Many patients, when they feel unexpected cravings for Xanax, simply increase their dosage without speaking to their doctor. Others may take more Xanax to combat the appearance of withdrawal symptoms. Xanax can take control of a person’s life. His or her daily activities begin to revolve around getting and using Xanax, and the drug is no longer a harmless prescription.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

If you suspect you or a loved one is addicted to Xanax, there are warning signs you can look for that make detecting substance abuse easier. The following are a few common signs of addiction that may be exhibited by someone abusing Xanax:

  • Taking larger doses of Xanax
  • Taking the drug more often than prescribed
  • Going to multiple doctors for extra prescriptions
  • Lying, stealing or participating in deceptive behavior to obtain more pills
  • Hording or stashing Xanax
  • An unexplainable need for Xanax
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Changes in social circles
  • Unexplained lack of money
  • Financial/legal trouble

How to Use Xanax Safely

Talk to your doctor about how your medication is affecting you. He or she may decide to switch your medication or find an alternative solution. Do not stop taking Xanax suddenly, because this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as the following:

  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behavior

Because of these symptoms your doctor will likely decrease your dosage gradually. An addiction to prescription medication can catch a person off-guard or make an individual feel ashamed, but you are not alone. Addiction to Xanax prescriptions is a common problem that many people face. Admitting there is or may be a problem is the first step to recovery. You can overcome addiction and start again.

Prescription Xanax Abuse or Addiction Help

We can help you explore your use of the prescription drug Xanax to determine if a problem exists or how a problem can best be addressed. We are here 24 hours a day, and all calls are free. If you are ready to leave Xanax behind, give us a call.

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If you are ready to beat a Xanax addiction and start a new life in recovery then we can help. We have admission counselors standing by 24 hours a day to take your email, live chat request, or phone call to get you in the addiction treatment center that best fits your unique & specific needs.