My Xanax Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone Else

My Xanax Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone ElseWhen a person who is addicted to Xanax makes a statement such as, “My Xanax addiction only affects me, not anyone else,” this is a clear sign of denial. Addiction denial is one of the biggest deterrents for a person to acknowledge addiction and seek help.

Hiding Anxiety and Xanax Addiction

Xanax (a brand name version of the drug alprazolam) is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate to severe stress. If you were prescribed Xanax for one of these conditions, you have probably become quite proficient at keeping your feelings hidden from others. Hiding your anxiety may involve doing the following:

  • Putting on a smile for your children or attempting to keep your normal family routine so that the children do not suspect that something is wrong
  • Trying to stay focused at work
  • Repeating activities several times to ensure that your stress does not cause you to overlook a task or perform something in error
  • Making light of your anxiety with colleagues and friends by making jokes or simply not engaging with them
  • Giving assurances to your spouse or partner that you will be fine

With this history of developing strategies to keep your anxiety and panic away from those around you, you may feel that you will proficient in keeping your addiction out of others’ lives as well. What you may not realize is how significant an impact your addiction has on the lives of your loved ones.

What Others See When You Are Struggling with Xanax Addiction

The side effects of Xanax abuse or addiction that your children, coworkers, friends or family can see include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired coordination and balance
  • Lightheadedness
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Change in libido
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Increase in appetite
  • Skin rash
  • Slurred speech
  • Vertigo

Xanax Abuse and Its Effect on Others

If you are a parent, one of the biggest concerns you may have is how your Xanax abuse is affecting your family. Children often believe they are the cause of family troubles or changes in parents’ behaviors, or they will worry about what they can do to fix a problem. Children do not often express the fear and uncertainty they feel when they see a parent acting in an unusual manner. They internalize these feelings and falsely accept responsibility and blame. This is extremely unhealthy for a child.

If you are an employee, the previous hard work and dedication that you gave to your job will be lost to changes in behavior and performance related to Xanax abuse. Your absenteeism may increased, or your ability to focus will decrease. You may appear to be scatterbrained and not as productive. Your employer has a bottom line to manage and cannot tolerate decreasing performance.

Get Help for Xanax Addiction

Your Xanax addiction has an effect on the people in your lives. We understand that it is difficult to admit an addiction, but doing so can improve your life and that of your family and friends. Call our toll-free helpline to learn how you can overcome Xanax addiction. You can rebuild healthy relationships and make a positive change for yourself, your children or your loved ones. We are available 24 hours a day to help.

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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.