Unintentional Xanax Dependence

Unintentional Xanax DependenceXanax is a brand name for the prescription psychotropic benzodiazepine alprazolam. Many people have become unintentionally addicted to this powerful drug. They never sought a high. They never made a choice to “do drugs.” These people simply filled a prescription given to them for a psychological disorder. It is difficult for many of these otherwise responsible, mature adults to admit to themselves that they have a drug problem, but without professional help their addiction is likely to intensify until it causes brain damage, other physiological harm or death. The truth is that the majority of Xanax users are unintentional addicts.

How Xanax Dependence Happens

As with the other drugs in the benzodiazepine class, Xanax enhances certain aspects of brain chemistry related to the management of panic, anxiety and distress. While some other drugs of this type are slow acting, the effects of Xanax occur quickly and then fade quickly. This means the user must take doses frequently, and this increases the onset of addiction. Most doctors will not prescribe Xanax for longer than 2-4 weeks, because after that length of use the likelihood of dependency goes up significantly. The brain stops creating its own naturally-occurring mood and anxiety regulating chemicals and becomes completely dependent on the supply of Xanax.

Symptoms of Xanax Dependence

The following symptoms may indicate Xanax dependence:

  • Taking the drug in higher doses or more frequently than prescribed
  • Defensiveness or dishonesty when approached about your use of the drug
  • Dishonesty with doctors or pharmacists to get more of the drug
  • Combining Xanax with alcohol or other drugs to heighten the effects
  • Onset of withdrawal symptoms if the drug isn’t taken regularly

Once Xanax dependence is established it is unsafe to quit abruptly. Violent seizures, tremors and other dangerous symptoms may be prevented and addressed by addiction recovery doctors through a process called medically supervised detox. Often the addict is given special medical treatment and is weaned off of the drug gradually under closely monitored conditions. The most effective Xanax recovery programs also take the necessary time to diagnose and treat any underlying psychological issues that the Xanax was intended to treat. With full, comprehensive and integrated treatment it is possible for benzodiazepine addicts to realize complete recovery.

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If you have become dependent on Xanax, or if this has happened to someone you know, please call our toll-free helpline for specialized help. Our counselors are ready to answer any questions you have and to help you or your loved one find the best recovery program available. Don’t let misplaced shame or embarrassment keep you from getting the help you need and deserve. Xanax dependence is a disease, not a character flaw. Call for help today.

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