What is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax is a central nervous system depressant that is commonly prescribed by doctors to treat nervousness, panic attacks and tension. A highly addictive sedative and muscle relaxant, this type of benzodiazepine is one of the most prescribed and abused psychoactive drugs in the United States. It has been reported that between 2004 and 2010 the number of people visiting emergency rooms from the effects of Xanax increased from 46,000 to almost 125,000.

Benzodiazepines have wide recreational use. The active ingredient in Xanax – Alprazolam – has a calming effect and may be used non-medically for relaxation. It has been said that feelings of tranquility are increased, euphoria is induced, stress eliminated, anxiety relieved, and tension and irritability reduced with the use of the drug.

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But Alprazolam can be habit-forming. Over time, users will develop a tolerance to the drug, needing increasing doses to produce the same result. When you take larger doses than prescribed or take the drug for a longer time than instructed, you are abusing it. When you craves the euphoric feeling that the drug produces, cannot stop taking it or take it other than for its intended use or continue to use it despite its negative consequences, abuse has become addiction.

What are the signs of Xanax use, addiction and dependence? Symptoms fall into physical and psychological signs:

Physical indications:


  • Absent reflexes
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors and twitches


Psychological indications:


  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Hostility
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Mania
  • Memory troubles
  • Rage


Addiction brings with it effects on your personal life. You may ruin relationships and your career, and face financial adversity, among other negatives.

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer the effects of Xanax abuse, which includes problems related to attention, memory, muscle control, the stomach and vision. Regular use raises the risk of physical dependence. Among the dangerous health consequences associated with Xanax addiction: cardiovascular collapse; hypertension; overdose; respiratory depression, seizures; toxic reactions; and death.

Professional treatment is needed to overcome a Xanax addiction; this is not a drug to stop on your own. The length of treatment will depend on the amount of Xanax taken, and the length of time you have been using. Your drug dosage will slowly be reduced in a medically-supervision environment to minimize hazards and maximize a successful outcome.

When detoxing from Xanax, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that include:


  • Blurred vision
  • Chills and sweating
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Seizures
  • Severe depression
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • A tingling sensation in your hands or feet


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