Xanax is part of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Addiction to benzodiazepines, particularly Xanax, is a major addiction. Because it is a prescription medication, most people acquire it through their doctor, however, there also is a large market of it sold illegally on the streets. Xanax addicts become physically dependent on this drug and one of the greatest danger from Xanax withdrawal symptoms that people experience are seizures. There is help available for how to safely detox off Xanax and other benzodiazepines as well as professional Xanax addiction treatment programs.
To determine if you or your loved one is addicted to Xanax, there are specific signs and symptoms that persons addicted to Xanax will experience. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant, and this type of drug can:
“slow brain activity, making them useful for treating anxiety, panic, acute stress reactions, and sleep disorders… Most CNS depressants act on the brain by increasing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that inhibits brain activity. This action causes the drowsy and calming effects that make the medicine effective for anxiety and sleep disorders. People who start taking CNS depressants usually feel sleepy and uncoordinated for the first few days until the body adjusts to these side effects. Other effects from use and misuse can include slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, headache, light-headedness, dizziness, dry mouth, problems with movement and memory, lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing” (NIDA).
Be Informed About Xanax Addiction
To identify the symptoms of a Xanax addiction, it is best to observe your loved one. Xanax detox symptoms are serious and can begin within a few hours after the last use of the drug. These symptoms can include seizures, shakiness, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, overactive reflexes, increased heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature with sweating, hallucinations, and severe cravings. Other symptoms of Xanax addiction include depression, poor hygiene, erratic behavior, and confusion.
Because there is a strong potential for seizures and even death, it is never safe that any person who has become addicted to Xanax attempt to detox without medical supervision. Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School suggests that a person be given a taper off schedule to decrease the chances of seizures, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and life-threatening situations.
“To ease withdrawal, the dose is reduced gradually. If the patient has been using benzodiazepines for a long time, the process may take months. Sometimes a longer-acting drug is substituted for a shorter-acting one before the withdrawal. The physical dependence on benzodiazepines is almost universal after a couple of months of daily use” (Harvard).
Awareness of why people are prescribed Xanax by a medical doctor can also help you determine if your loved one is addicted to Xanax. Xanax is prescribed for anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, muscle cramps and spasms, panic disorder, and it is prescribed during many medical procedures. Common dosages of Xanax are often more sought after by addicts. Most Xanax addicts desire Xanax that is 1 mg and above because it’s a powerful dose for getting high. Xanax is prescribed in the following strengths: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.
The names for Xanax that people use to refer to the drug among the Xanax addict culture include Blue Footballs, Benzos, Zanies, White girls, Bars, Z-bars, Xanibars, Handlebars, and Zanies. Like all addictions, Xanax addiction can be treated, and people do recover and give up Xanax for good. If you or your loved one is displaying any of the signs or symptoms of Xanax addiction, it is critical that they receive professional help for their addiction.
Our Xanax addiction program has successfully ended lifelong addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepines. If you or your family member needs help reach out to one of our addiction treatment specialists. They will be able to have you or your loved one admitted into our Xanax detox and treatment program within 24 hours.