Alprazolam is the generic name of the brand name drug Xanax, which is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines on the current pharmaceutical market. In most cases, alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders like panic disorders and social anxiety disorder or sleep-related issues like chronic insomnia or narcolepsy. However, recently collected data indicates that as many as one out of every five people currently taking a benzodiazepine medication like alprazolam are abusing the medication. The same study concludes that benzodiazepine abuse is even more prevalent than it was previously believed to be.
Numbers and Statistics About Alprazolam Abuse
Prior studies showed that between 2 and 5 percent of people who have been prescribed a drug like alprazolam began abusing it. Still, these studies rarely took into account the fact that most cases of benzodiazepine abuse involve medications that were not initially prescribed. In most cases, a person will purchase Xanax from a drug dealer or a friend or steal it from a relative. New evidence shows that nearly 13 percent of people with a prescription abuse their medication, and even more people without a prescription engage in abuse.
If you or someone you know has been misusing alprazolam in any capacity, we are available to help. At Recreate Life Counseling, we treat men and women of all ages who have been struggling with benzodiazepine abuse disorders. It is important to treat such disorders as quickly and thoroughly as possible, seeing as taking alprazolam other than as prescribed can be extremely dangerous.
Dangers of Taking Alprazolam (Otherwise Known as Xanax)
What are the dangers of taking alprazolam? There aren’t many dangers involved when taken as prescribed, other than running the risk of developing a physical and psychological dependence over time. However, if taken other than as prescribed, the short and long-term dangers and risks of taking alprazolam include:
- Gastrointestinal issues including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.
- Lasting memory problems, issues with recalling major events.
- Changes to weight are based on changes to appetite, usually weight loss.
- A lack of balance and coordination/an inability to stand up straight.
- Loss of sex drive/no interest in sexual activity.
- Experiencing muscle weakness and joint pain, which limits physical activity.
- An increase in risk-taking activities like driving while high on alprazolam.
- Excessive tiredness and drowsiness, which compromise the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks and fulfill personal obligations.
People who take Xanax usually experience blackouts, failing to remember major blocks of time. This, of course, can be extremely dangerous. If you or someone you love has been abusing alprazolam or any other benzodiazepine medication, Recreate Life Counseling is available to help.
Xanax Abuse and Addiction Recovery at Recreate Life Counseling
If you or someone you love has been struggling with an alprazolam abuse disorder of any severity, Recreate Life Counseling is available to help. We understand how devastating Xanax addiction can be, and our team of highly experienced substance abuse and mental health professionals is available to help.
Then the moment you make the decision to take control of your life back, pick up the phone and give us a call; our experienced and compassionate admissions counselors will help you walk you through the entirety of our admissions process from start to finish. Initially, we begin by conducting a brief assessment to ensure that our program of clinical care is the best fit for your needs.
Start Sober Journey at Recreate Life Counseling
We ask a series of questions like, “How long have you been using Xanax?” “Do you take Xanax for a diagnosed anxiety disorder, or have you been taking the medication without a prescription?” “Do you commonly combine Xanax with other chemical substances like alcohol or opioids?” Once the assessment is complete, we begin planning your intake.
We smooth out transportation and travel plans, provide you with a no-obligation insurance benefits check and answer any additional questions you may have. From start to finish, the admissions process takes around 20 minutes. All you have to do to begin a journey towards a better life is pick up the phone and call us today.