Xanax Addiction and Control Issues

Xanax Addiction and Control IssuesEvery person controls impulses each day, such as refusing to eat a piece of chocolate cake or resisting the impulse to yell at a coworker who is annoying. Most people can control their desires with a high degree of success. However, some people struggle with impulsivity on a much larger scale than a typical person. According to Psych Central this inability to control one’s impulses is a major factor behind many disorders and addictions, including gambling, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pornography addiction and drug addiction.

If a person struggles with impulse control to a severe degree, he or she is often diagnosed as having an impulse control disorder (ICD). The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) lists several characteristics of this disorder including the following:

  • Repetitively engaging in a behavior (such using drugs) despite adverse consequences
  • Inability to control the problematic behavior
  • A strong urge or craving to engage in the problematic behavior
  • A strong sense of pleasure while engaging in the problematic behavior

What distinguishes a clinical diagnosis of ICD is the severity of the behavior linked with the inability to control that behavior, even when a person desperately wants to abstain from it.

What Causes Impulse Control Problems?

According to an article on Psych Central, scientists don’t know for certain what causes these ICDs, but they speculate that several factors can contribute to the problem. Likely causes of impulse control problems include the following:

  • Biological or physical makeup
  • Psychological or emotional problems
  • Cultural and societal influences
  • Hormonal irregularities
  • Family members/home environment

Scientists do suspect that most of impulsivity is controlled by brain functioning and structures, mostly in the limbic system (linked to emotions) and the prefrontal cortex (linked to planning and impulse). In addition, research reported in Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicates that the urgency to act impulsively in response to negative emotional experiences can also play a major role in whether or not a person uses drugs like Xanax. The deeper and stronger a person’s urge to respond to negative situations by drug use, the greater the likelihood that the person will use drugs to cope.

Most scientists, doctors, psychologists and other professionals believe that it is a combination of all of these factors that cause the presence and severity of impulse control problems.

Impulse Control and Xanax Addiction

People with increased impulsivity are more prone to engaging in dangerous situations such as Xanax abuse and addiction. A person with impulse control may want to refrain from abusing Xanax and knows that it is dangerous, but that person lacks the ability act oppositely of his or her impulses.

This does not mean that a Xanax addict with impulse control problems cannot recover from his or her addiction. Several avenues of treatment can help. Avenues for treating impulse control problems include the following:

  • Medication – Because of the biological factors that lead to impulse control, medication can be used to compensate for the neurological malfunctioning. This medication can lessen urges to abuse drugs.
  • Education – Many people who are addicted to Xanax have no idea that in addition to an addiction, they must deal with underlying control issues. Helping these people understand the nature of their impulse control issues can give them greater tools to deal with the problem.
  • Therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is specifically designed to alter a person’s progression from thoughts to actions. According to research reported at Psych Central, the brain can be trained to be less impulsive. Other research is showing similar results supporting the value of professional help in curbing impulsive desires like Xanax addiction.
  • Impatient Rehab – When a person abuses drugs like Xanax regularly for a long period of time, the drug breaks down the brain’s ability to control impulses. The interplay between drugs and their effect on the brain can create a cycle of deepening addiction. The longer and deeper the abuse, the greater the need for impatient treatment to allow the brain and body to recover from the drug’s effects. Inpatient therapy allows time for the body to recover, while simultaneously providing time for a recovering addict to learn the skills necessary to live drug-free.

While control problems can complicate Xanax addiction recovery, the professionals involved in treatment programs can help those addicts work through both addiction and control issues. This underscores the importance of seeking qualified, trained individuals when trying to get clean instead of trying to go it alone to recover from Xanax addiction.

Help for Control Issues and Xanax Addiction

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