Every year, doctors write more than 50 million prescriptions for Xanax. While some individuals use those prescriptions appropriately, many more suffer from a Xanax addiction and abuse them. Learning more about this drug, and the addiction can be a key step toward recovery.

What is Xanax?

young woman kneeling behind couch has xanax addictionXanax is the brand name for a drug called alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine. Most commonly, doctors prescribe Xanax to treat conditions like anxiety, panic disorders or insomnia.

Individuals typically take Xanax in a pill or tablet form. Its effects generally peak within an hour and can last for up to eight hours. Street names for Xanax include Zannies, Benzos or handlebars.

The Negative Impact of Xanax Use and Abuse

When individuals take Xanax with a legitimate prescription and under appropriate medical supervision, there are some positive benefits to this drug. However, those individuals who abuse Xanax are likely to suffer from a number of negative effects. These can include health problems, cognitive concerns and major interferences to relationships, finances, and career.

Physical issues resulting from Xanax abuse can be dangerous. Just some of the common side effects that individuals with addictions suffer can include the following:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of physical coordination
  • Constipation
  • Changes to sex drive
  • Dizziness
  • Constant fatigue

In addition to the physical effects of regular Xanax use, an addiction can cause other serious problems. Xanax addiction frequently causes users to make procuring and taking the drug a priority. The addiction will come before work, before family, and before friends. This causes all areas of life to suffer, and it can lead to broken relationships and career failure.

It is also important to address the financial side of a prescription drug addiction. Over time, physicians may not want to prescribe Xanax to patients, particularly those who require increased doses to accommodate their new tolerance to the drug. This might mean paying cash when visiting clinics or purchasing expensive Xanax pills illegally through drug dealers.

The Development of a Xanax Addiction

There are two primary routes for the development of an addiction to Xanax. The first is that a person decides to try Xanax for recreational purposes and eventually develops an addiction. The second route is when individuals receive a prescription for Xanax for legitimate medical reasons but developing an addiction after prolonged use.

Xanax is the fifth most commonly prescribed drug in the United States. Clearly, a staggering number of people are requesting or taking Xanax in order to treat a medical condition. However, it’s critical that all patients taking Xanax are careful about dosage and appropriate consumption. Avoiding the development of an addiction is far, far easier than trying to treat it after it develops.

How to Treat an Addiction to Xanax

A Xanax addiction has to be treated like any other drug addiction. Patients will need to cease consumption and then work through withdrawal, followed by a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program. There are many therapeutic approaches to recovery that can be effective.

Evidence-based recovery rehab will start with talk therapy. This can help change behaviors, address any underlying history or trauma and work through mental health conditions that could be playing a role.

Involving the family can also be helpful, as can group therapy. Alternative or holistic therapies ranging from fitness to acupuncture can play a role in boosting overall wellness, mindfulness, and strength against relapse as well.

There is a way out of Xanax addiction. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, you can begin the road to recovery. Contact us at 866-319-6123 as soon as possible to learn more about treating an addiction and living the life you deserve.

About the Author: Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.