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Xanax is the brand name of the drug called alprazolam. It is a drug in the benzodiazepine family, used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, tension and used as a sleep aid. Xanax increases the activity of GABA in the brain, relaxing the mind as well as relieving anxiety and allowing the user to sleep.

Prescription Use of Xanax

Xanax is typically only recommended for short term use, some require the drug long term for treatment of a legitimate medical condition. They begin to find themselves developing a tolerance, requiring more of the drug to reach the desired effects. The patient may increase their dose without medical advice, when this happens they are risking their safety. Those taking Xanax for anxiety will experience extreme anxiety and those taking the drug as a sleep aid will most likely suffer from Insomnia as a result of dependence. When the patient stops using Xanax or lowers their dose they may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms as well as drug cravings, returning them to use of the drug.

Xanax AddictionRecreational Use of Xanax

Non-medical use of Xanax is a growing problem throughout the United States. Many use the drug recreationally for the rapid onset of a state of relaxation it produces. Foolishly many use Xanax in combination with alcohol or other drugs to increase their high, this can cause life threatening side effects. Those using Xanax as a recreational drug on a regular basis may become tolerant to the drugs effects, requiring a larger dose to reach the desired effects. Their bodies and minds become addicted to the relaxing effects and develops a dependence to the drug. They soon experience withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings when stopping the use of Xanax, sending them back to the drug for another dose.

Xanax has even been used in cases of “date rape.” Mixing the use of Xanax with alcohol intensifies its effects, rendering the victim helpless and unable to remember what had happened to them.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

After stopping the use of Xanax withdrawal symptoms begin quickly. They may start to feel symptoms within 12 hours that peak within 3-4 days but can linger for months. Common withdrawal symptoms of Xanax include but are not limited to;

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Panic
  • Hallucination
  • Tremors
  • Nightmares
  • Vomiting
  • Moodiness
  • Convulsion
  • Nausea
These withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and painful but typically are not life threatening. There is an increased risk of convulsion which can be life threatening. This is why it is recommended to seek medical help before stopping the use of Xanax. As well as finding a way to manage the mental disorder that the medication was once used to treat, because when stopping use of Xanax the medical condition may intensify.

Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax addiction is overwhelming, it can seem impossible to stop using, the fear of not being able to function ‘normally’ is scarey. With the help of a Xanax addiction treatment center your fears and concerns can be eased. You will go through a detoxification process to cleanse your body of any chemicals and toxins. You will be prescribed a medication to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal as well as to control drug cravings. You will also receive a medication to help control any health conditions Xanax was originally prescribed to treat, there are other alternatives that can help you function normally. Counseling will help you with any psychological health issues due to Xanax abuse, as well as help you learn to live life free of Xanax, to control your anxiety and regulate your sleep patterns. You can successfully stop using Xanax in a safe, relaxing environment of a Xanax Addiction Treatment Center.

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