Xanax is a popular brand name drug that is the short-acting anxiolytic. Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. It’s FDA-approved for medical use to treat panic and anxiety disorders.
While Xanax has helped many individuals overcome their panic and anxiety disorders, many other individuals have abused the prescribed drug and even become addicted to it. Addiction to Xanax can happen when it’s taken in large quantities or for a prolonged period of time.
Signs of Xanax and benzodiazepine addiction are similar to other drug addictions. The addiction can strain your relationships with your loved ones and co-workers. Poor attendence at work is not uncommon due to a feeling of being ill. This happens when an addict hasn’t taken any pills for a while and is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This physical illness can also lead to sudden weight loss, which is another strong sign of a Xanax addiction.
The effects of Xanax abuse are greater than weight loss and strained relationships. There is a physiological effect on your central nervous system and your brain functions. Some of the most common effects of Xanax abuse are lack of coordination, slurred speech, and becoming disoriented.
Other physical side effects of Xanax abuse are short-term memory impairment and severe sedation. Because Xanax is meant to treat panic and anxiety disorders, abuse in large quantities can cause an individual to go into a prolonged state of sedation that can span to 3-4 days.
Treating Xanax and benzodiazepine addiction is not as simple as quitting cold turkey. This is because abruptly halting use of the drug causes physical withdrawal symptoms. We outlined earlier that this can cause illness, resulting in missed work days. That’s why the addict must go through a slow detoxification process.
Detox for Xanax and benzodiazepine begins with a gradual process of weaning a person from the effects of the drugs, while simultaneously decreasing the severity of the symptoms of withdrawal. After the detox is complete, it’s time for the addict to enter a rehabilitation program. That could be Prominence Treatment Center’s Non 12-Step process, or another treatment program. Whatever it may be, someone who is addicted to Xanax needs more help than just detox.
Oftentimes, addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepines reveals there is more going on than just drug abuse. Dual diagnosis often comes into play with benzo addiction. Please contact a professional to find out if you might have an addiction. Call us at Prominence Treatment Center if you’d like to speak to one of our trained professionals about Xanax addiction. 877-383-2284