When Using Xanax Becomes a Habit

When Using Xanax Becomes a HabitXanax is the brand name for the benzodiazepine drug alprazolam. As a sedative/hypnotic it has a calming effect and is used to treat panic and anxiety disorders. There is some disagreement over the abuse potential of Xanax, but due to its calming and relaxing qualities it can definitely become habit-forming.

Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax can induce both severe physical dependency after regular use for a short time, and also extreme and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms when usage is stopped abruptly. People may start off using Xanax once or twice and find its relaxing effects quite pleasant, so they start using it regularly. Quickly afterwards they reach a point where they cannot relax without it. Habitual users of benzodiazepines will develop a tolerance to the sedative effects of the drug, thereby requiring ever increasing doses to achieve the same effect. Long term use can cause cognitive impairment which may be permanent. Overdose can produce disastrous consequences possibly including coma and death. Dependency on Xanax can occur even when used legitimately as directed by a physician.

Physical Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

The most telling sign of physical addiction to any drug is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped. With Xanax, dependency can develop rapidly and you can experience withdrawal symptoms after only a few weeks of regular use. Withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines can be quite severe, extremely unpleasant and in extreme cases can be deadly. The extremely unpleasant nature of the withdrawal symptoms makes it very difficult to stop using Xanax on your own. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pains
  • Dizziness
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome which may induce potentially life-threatening seizures

When Xanax is used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, and the original condition becomes worse when you stop taking the drug, this is known as a rebound effect, and is also a sign of physical dependence. Due to the potentially dangerous nature of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, detox from Xanax should be conducted under medical supervision.

Psychological Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

Psychological addiction to the sedative effects of Xanax can also make it extremely difficult to stop using. Symptoms of psychological addiction may include the following:

  • Preoccupation with the drug—thinking about it constantly and planning your life around it.
  • Engaging in drug seeking behavior—visiting multiple doctors for prescriptions, lying about losing prescriptions.
  • Secretiveness—hiding how addicted you are from family and friends.

Xanax Addiction Treatment

It cannot be overstated that detox from any benzodiazepine is a potentially dangerous process that must be conducted under medical supervision. Treatment professionals will know the appropriate tapering schedule to reduce withdrawal symptoms as much as possible, and they will be on hand to address any medical situations that arise. A professional treatment program will also include counseling to address issues of substance abuse and any underlying co-occurring disorders. If you are addicted to Xanax professional treatment is absolutely your best hope for a successful recovery.

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