Xanax is the brand name of the compound Alprozolam, prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It was originally developed to substitute of Valium because of Valium’s high addiction rate. However, recent studies indicate that Alprozolam may be more addicting than Valium. Xanax is easy to acquire, even among adolescents, and it ranks among the most commonly abused prescription drugs.
Addiction may be an inadvertent result of being prescribed by a doctor for genuine psycho-socio problems. Xanax addiction may also be the result of intentional abuse for its physical effects.
Effects of Xanax Addiction
Xanax stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, causing feelings of euphoria and well-being. The attempt to maintain or restore that feeling is how abuse begins. As use increases, so does tolerance to the drug, and the addiction cycle begins. Tolerance requires increased dosage, which then requires more money for acquisition, which then leads to behavioral, societal and/or legal issues, compounded with the physical and emotional problems. Other effects include:
- Loss of inhibition
- Slurring of speech
- Memory loss and impairment
Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment Therapy
Xanax addiction is severe and recovery cannot be accomplished without medical assistance. Simply stopping its use is dangerous as it can result in seizures, convulsions and death. However, recovery can be accomplished through gradual dosage reduction under medical supervision.
Following detoxification, Xanax addiction treatment facility placement helps the user address the factors that led to addiction, and he or she can begin moving towards recovery. At the program’s conclusion, continuing treatment is recommended. The individual can choose among private, outpatient or day treatment. In considering a treatment facility, the safest and most effective centers will have programs tailored to the patient’s personal, medical and psychological parameters. It’s never safe to participate in any program that advocates complete and sudden discontinuation of the drug.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for Xanax addiction, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.