What Made My Loved One a Xanax Addict?

What Made My Loved One a Xanax Addict?People become addicted to a drug like Xanax for a variety of reasons. There are different motivations for initially trying the medication and for continuing to use it. Regardless of the reasons for use Xanax causes predictable changes in users’ bodies and minds, and those changes can easily lead to addiction.

Reasons for Initially Taking Xanax

Sometimes people initially begin taking Xanax, because it is prescribed for a medical condition such as a panic or anxiety disorder. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that Xanax be taken no longer than eight weeks, but some doctors prescribe it for longer lengths of time. The longer the drug is taken, the higher the risk of addiction becomes.

People with anxiety disorders may procure and use Xanax without a prescription even though their motivation is to treat their anxiety. They may have heard others speak of its effectiveness or assume that, since it is not an illegal drug, the risk of addiction is small. At other times people self-treat anxiety without being fully aware of having an anxiety problem. They may have begun taking Xanax recreationally and realized that it makes them feel relaxed.

Many people simply begin taking Xanax recreationally, because they want to experiment. Peer pressure or group norms are sometimes part of the picture. This can be true of people of any age but is especially true of adolescents. People who abuse other drugs like marijuana or heroin may also use Xanax to enhance a drug’s effects. Others use Xanax to counteract the unwanted effects of substances like cocaine or amphetamine.

The Development of Xanax Addiction

Most addictive drugs affect neurotransmitter levels. Xanax is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, and benzodiazepine drugs enhance the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA. When the body senses that the level of a neurotransmitter is out of balance, it attempts to restore homeostasis by lowering the level or making receptors less sensitive. The first sign that this adaptation is beginning to occur is that users develop drug tolerance or the need to take larger amounts of the drug to achieve previous results. Tolerance to benzodiazepines like Xanax can develop quickly. Dependence follows tolerance. When users become dependent on a drug like Xanax, the neurotransmitter levels have been altered to the extent that they are only within the normal range when the drug is present in the body. When it isn’t, withdrawal symptoms occur. It is a short step from dependence to full addiction when people lose control of their consumption of the drug and continue to take it despite negative consequences.

Xanax Addiction Is Treatable

Xanax addiction can happen to anyone, but addiction is a treatable disease. If you’d like to discuss treatment options for yourself or a loved one, we are here 24 hours a day to assist you. Call our toll-free helpline and learn how you can help a loved one break free from Xanax addiction.

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