What Using Xanax Takes Away from You

What Using Xanax Takes Away from YouTo treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate to severe stress, Xanax is proven to be very effective for short-term use. However, second to Valium, Xanax is the most abused prescription medication available. Therefore Xanax – a benzodiazepine that lowers the excitement levels in the brain and calms users down – has been labeled as addictive and is only approved by the FDA for up to eight weeks of use.

Impacts of Xanax on Your Mental State

Even when used for just a short period of time, Xanax immediately impacts the neurons in the brain by depressing their functionality. This is what allows the medication to provide a calm feeling in users. However, when the brain is affected in such a manner other negative aspects may appear, including the following:

  • Mental confusion
  • Loss of concentration
  • Slurred speech

When you are confused and have difficulty concentrating because of Xanax use, you are at risk of being less productive in school or at work. This loss of productivity can impact your grades or your performance, which in turn can result in negative outcomes such as failing grades or job loss.

Impacts of Xanax on Your Emotional State

You may feel that you have no choice but to continue to use Xanax; this is because abrupt cessation of Xanax may cause the following experiences:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of unreality/detachment from self
  • Obsessive negative thoughts
  • Suicidal thoughts

These withdrawal symptoms may feel foreign to you, and you may not be sure how to cope with them. Not understanding how to deal with the emotions that come with withdrawal may even cause you to act in a reckless manner or become isolated and withdrawn.

Treatment for Xanax Addiction

Because Xanax is so closely tied to anxiety, many professionals would suggest treating the Xanax addiction and the anxiety as a co-occurring disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one of the best treatment options for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) describes the following as being part of an effective integrated treatment program:

  • Provide appropriate treatment from health professionals in one setting for both the mental health issue and the substance abuse
  • Offer these treatments in a coordinated fashion
  • Provide a seamless approach, eliminating the potential for a treatment plan that may not address both issues

In an integrated program, a comprehensive treatment plan blends the components of substance abuse treatment with mental health treatment in a synergistic manner.

Get Help with Xanax Addiction

There are many options available to help you or a loved one stop a Xanax addiction. If you need assistance in learning about interventions, getting started in finding the right treatment program, understanding your insurance benefits or exploring addiction recovery, call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Xanax addiction treatment. We are here to help.

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