What is Xanax?

Xanax is the trademark name for alprazolam. It belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Xanax works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced. It reduces nervous tension, leaving the patient feeling clear headed, relaxed and able to focus. Xanax is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

High Potential for Abuse

Xanax is a controlled substance under state and federal laws throughout the United States. This is because Xanax has a high potential for abuse. Xanax is typically only prescribed for short periods of time to prevent patients from abusing the medication. However some patients do require Xanax for a long period of time, this can lead to a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency.

Xanax is a drug sought out by abusers. This is because in high doses Xanax can produce euphoric effects, extreme relaxation and a sense of well being. Those who abuse Xanax are too at risk of developing a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency. When abruptly stopping the use of Xanax they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which make it difficult to stop using Xanax without medical treatment.

Xanax Use

Xanax is a very popular medication used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. When taken at prescription strength and as prescribed by a Doctor Xanax can be a very effective medication. Patients taking Xanax have abnormal excitement, the medication works by slowing down brain receptors, reducing nervous tension.

Xanax Abuse

Xanax is a commonly abuse medication. Patients taking Xanax over a long period of time can easily develop a tolerance to the medication, requiring larger doses to achieve the desired effects. This can lead to a physical and psychological dependency developing.

Xanax is also common abused by people for recreational purposes. They will take high doses of Xanax to produce euphoric effects and extreme relaxation. These effects can be addiction and leave to the individual using the medication on a regular basis, risking dependency as well as dangerous health effects.

Signs of Xanax Abuse

  • Intentional Misuse of the medication
  • Visiting multiple Doctors for prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Purchasing the medication illegally
  • Difficulties at home or school
  • Financial strain
  • Legal trobules
  • Problems in personal relationships
  • Unable to control the urge to use Xanax
  • Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when stopping its use

Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal

Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can begin in as little as 12 hours from the last dose taken. Withdrawal symptoms will peak within 3 to 4 days and can linger for months.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Hallucination
  • Insomnia
  • Moodiness
  • Tremors
  • Convulsion
  • Nightmares
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Xanax Addiction Treatment

People who are addicted to Xanax has the option of enter into an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility to overcome their addiction. Each program holds its own benefits to helping the person to overcome their addiction in a safe and therapeutic environment.

Inpatient treatment offers a stable and temptation free environment. The patient will move into the facility for up to 90 days, removing themselves from the temptation to use at home. Inpatient programs offer 24-7 supportive care to their patients. Staff will offer the patient the help they will need to cope with symptoms of withdrawal, offering them reassurance that all they are experiencing is normal and soon shall pass. A prescription medication may be given to reduce symptoms of withdrawal and control cravings. The patient will go through daily one-on-one counseling sessions, group meetings and therapy sessions as well as educational lectures.

Outpatient treatment allows the patient to recover from their addiction to Xanax in the comfort of home. They will receive similar treatment aspects with one-on-one counseling, group meetings, therapy sessions and educational lectures during their daily visits to the treatment facility. The patient will meet with a drug counselor daily to ensure that they have not relapsed. Pharmaceutical therapy may be used depending on the severity of the patients addiction.