Signs Your Loved One May Be Addicted To Xanax
With the rise in negative and unpredictable political, social, and environmental news and events, we have become one stressed-out nation. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “63% percent of Americans say the future of the nation is a significant source of stress. That’s higher than the percentage who are stressed about money (62 percent), work (61 percent), or violence and crime (51 percent).” With this increase in stress, the powerful and addictive benzodiazepine Xanax (generic name alprazolam) has become the go-to drug for our nation.
Xanax is most often used to manage the symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders. However, these medications are typically prescribed for short-term use only because of the extremely addictive nature of the drug. And even with the best intentions, Xanax abuse can happen and very quickly.
Causes and Signs of Xanax Addiction
Many variables can play a role in the development of a Xanax addiction including environmental, genetic, and brain chemistry. Speaking from a strictly biological standpoint, drugs in the benzodiazepine family produce a relaxing effect by binding to specific sites on the GABA receptors in the brain. However, after a prolonged period of use of drugs like Xanax, significant changes to the GABA receptors in the brain happen, making them less susceptible to stimulation. Over time, the brain builds up a tolerance to these meds and requires more and more dosages to produce the same effects. At this point, the person becomes physically addicted to the drug. But it’s important to point out that while people with a Xanax addiction usually also have dependence, the reverse is not true.
So how can you tell if someone you love has a Xanax addiction? Some of the more common behavioral, mood, and physical signs of abuse are:
- Taking higher doses than what was prescribed or crushing/snorting pills to increase drug effects
- Poor work or school performance
- Stealing or borrowing Xanax, or forging prescriptions
- Neglecting family or personal responsibilities
- Depression and anxiety
- Agitation and restlessness
- Mood swings
- Hyperactivity or manic behavior
- Dry mouth
- Lack of coordination, dizziness, memory issues
- Blurred vision
- Headaches and trouble concentrating
- Increased sweating
- Nausea, constipation and/or diarrhea
- Slurred speech and drowsiness
Xanax Addiction, Withdrawal, and Treatment
Besides the signs of possible addiction, overdose on Xanax is possible, especially when taken in combination with other substances or alcohol. Be aware of the following signs of a potential Xanax overdose such as difficulty breathing, extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma. It can be extremely difficult to overcome an addiction without proper professional treatment and due to the potentially life-threatening symptoms associated with withdrawal from Xanax, individuals should not stop the drug without proper medical supervision. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a benzodiazepine addiction, it’s critical to take action.
The harmful effects of this addiction will only worsen and can even become life-threatening over time. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and recovery is possible. Make the life-saving decision to get help today – contact Daylight Recovery Services at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to speak with one of our recovery experts.