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Xanax Addiction

alprazolam tablets, USP

Xanax 2 mg
Xanax 2 mg

Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam is a Schedule IV (Schedule I being most likely to be abused and Schedule V, least likely to be abused) controlled substance according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Despite it’s place in this seemingly harmless classification, Xanax is one of the strongest and most commonly abused benzodiazepines in our society. Xanax is most commonly prescribed for treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and comes in .5mg, 1mg, or 2mg pills. Although Xanax is not particularly dangerous for those who take it as prescribed for legitimate medical ailments, there are serious dangers inherent to Xanax abuse and addiction.

Effects of Xanax

Xanax, like all other benzodiazepines, is a sedative and central nervous system (CNS) depressant causing physical effects like slurring of speech, lack of coordination, involuntary rapid eye movement, and extreme fatigue. Abusers of Xanax can also experience periods of time, after which they have no recollection of the events or their actions. Because of the sedating effects of Xanax, many people who take it are almost immediately hooked merely by the way the drug makes them feel. Similar to opiates, Xanax can provide overwhelming euphoria as well as severe and often dangerous addiction. Not only can Xanax cause psychological addiction, like any other addictive substance or behavior, but it also creates a physical dependence, like opiates. Withdrawl from Xanax often requires medical supervision and careful tapering of the drug. Quitting Xanax consumption after extended periods of use can cause withdrawal symptoms mimicking the conditions initially indicated for Xanax to treat – anxiety and panic attacks. Some cases of Xanax withdrawal have to lead to grand mal seizures and consequential death.

If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting Xanax after an extended period of use or abuse, contact a physician first!

Xanax can be used long-term under the supervision of a medical doctor for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, but it is essential to be aware that Xanax dependency is still relatively likely and cessation of taking Xanax should not be considered without consultation from a medical professional.


What Causes Xanax Addiction?

Xanax addiction does not only come from people who legitimately need to medicate for anxiety and panic attacks. Many people who abuse Xanax recreationally, without legitimate prescriptions have multiple methods of obtaining the drug outside of legal, conventional means. One way Xanax abuser and addicts continue their addiction is by doing something commonly referred to as “doctor shopping.” While doctor shopping, an individual will seek out multiple medical professionals for either one or various ailments without informing each medical office of visits to another. This is often done by people addicted to, or in the business of illicitly selling Xanax, other benzodiazepines, opiates, and other commonly abused prescription pills.

Another way of obtaining Xanax without a legitimate prescription is through the internet. More recently, there have been an alarming number of online pharmacies through which Xanax can be ordered without a prescription or doctor’s note of any kind. The only thing that is necessary to have Xanax at your front door in a day or two is a credit card. This poses a grave threat to addicts of all kinds, but mostly to the higher risk school-aged children with easy. Everyday access to the internet and a credit card. Although it is a significant problem, there does not seem to be much effort on behalf of the DEA or major search engines to stop these websites and their illegal drug sales. A third method of obtaining Xanax is to buy it off a friend or a dealer, most of which got their Xanax in one or both of the ways as mentioned above. Often selling Xanax on the street can reap big profits, especially if it has been obtained via a legitimate prescription by someone with medical insurance to cover most of the cost of their medication.

Xanax addiction often appears to include more than just Xanax alone; for instance, the user may begin mixing it with alcohol to make the euphoria from the Xanax greater. Many people who abuse or are addicted to Xanax will go out of their way to take it for a night out drinking. It is also not uncommon to find Xanax addicts who are also addicted to heroin or other opiates. Whether alcohol or opiates, one central nervous system depressant mixed with Xanax can drastically increase the euphoric effect of each drug and it is a common combination. Researchers are not sure why addicts seem to pair Xanax with other drugs, but typically where there is Xanax addiction, there are also other drug addictions.

Common Street Names for Xanax

  • Xannies/Zannies.
  • Handlebars/Bars.
  • Blue footballs.
  • Benzos.

Getting Help for Xanax Addiction

The first step in getting Xanax addiction treatment is to admit to needing help in the first place. As with any addiction, Xanax addiction becomes most apparent when the addict’s life is unmanageable as a result of behaviors associated with his/her compulsive and reckless attainment and consumption of Xanax. Once an addict has agreed to get help for his/her Xanax addiction, it is important to consider the fact that when Xanax is taken at doses higher then 4mg/day for any length of time, physical dependence is likely, necessitating a medical detoxification. Xanax withdrawal often causes effects mirroring the very conditions indicated to be treated by Xanax which can lead to seizures and consequentially death. Under medical supervision, death is very uncommon and safe tapering of the drug or use of other drugs to prevent seizures that may be caused by the Xanax withdrawal are an accepted method of Xanax detoxification.

Under no circumstances should anyone who uses Xanax regularly change their dosage or cease taking Xanax without first consulting a physician. Some of the less medically severe withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, cravings, mood swings, fatigue, and agitation. Although it can be grueling, Xanax detoxification usually takes about 72 hours of Xanax being absent from the blood, but this is only the beginning of Xanax addiction treatment. After an addict has been without Xanax for 72 hours, then the rehabilitation program has to begin. It is important to ensure that not only is Xanax is properly withdrawn from but also any other drugs that may have coupled the Xanax addiction. Treatment centers across the United States are set up to deal with addictions and help patients learn to live their lives without dependency to Xanax. If you or someone you know i struggling with Xanax Addiction, please call 1-800-610-4673

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Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax addiction treatment is intended to show an addict that he/she can live life to the fullest and be a happy and productive member of society without mind/mood altering drugs of any kind. Any addiction treatment program aims to provide alternatives to drugs for a happy life. Alternative programs like holistic addiction treatment are always available to those who have been prescribed Xanax for legitimate panic or anxiety problems and need to continue treatment for their condition without resorting to using Xanax again. Please call us for more help in finding Xanax addiction treatment or fill out our confidential assessment form and one of our caring, qualified specialists will contact you immediately to help you find the right program for you or your loved one.