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Xanax Addiction: Symptoms and Signs to Look Out For

a person holds their head in their hands possibly dealing with xanax addiction symptoms

Xanax is one of the most often prescribed mental health medications in the U.S.—and also one of the most commonly abused. Prolonged Xanax abuse can lead to addiction, which can result in fatal consequences. A Xanax addiction treatment program is needed to help a loved one regain freedom after developing a Xanax addiction.

Knowing the specific signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction can help you identify a problem. With the help of behavioral health specialists, your loved one can receive treatment and regain independence from Xanax.

If you suspect a loved one is addicted to Xanax, Silicon Beach Tx can help. Call us at 213.460.1706 for more information on our Xanax addiction treatment program.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine. This class of drugs is commonly referred to as “benzos.” Doctors prescribe medications like Xanax to alleviate mental health conditions like anxiety and panic attacks.

It’s a fast-acting drug, and users feel the effects for one to six hours.
Xanax is safest in short-term use, and prescriptions typically don’t exceed six weeks. However, even when people take Xanax as prescribed, it’s possible to develop a dependency.

How Does Xanax Addiction Happen?

Xanax addiction usually occurs in two ways: medical or recreational use.

Addiction from medical use happens when Xanax helps manage symptoms of an individual’s condition. Some people may develop a dependency while taking the drug as prescribed. For other people, tolerance builds quickly, and they begin misusing the prescription by taking increased doses to continue feeling the effects.

Recreational Xanax use is also widespread. Users can take Xanax alone, but it’s also often used at parties to enhance the effects of alcohol. The combination of alcohol and Xanax is dangerous and can be fatal. Widespread recreational use means it’s easy to find Xanax without a prescription.

Not every person who uses Xanax will develop a Xanax addiction. However, drug misuse always has the potential to develop into a substance use disorder, and recreational Xanax use can bring dangerous and destructive consequences.

Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction

If you suspect a loved one may be addicted to Xanax, there are some Xanax drug addiction symptoms and signs you can spot. Xanax causes the brain to release dopamine, which causes a euphoric state. Common physical Xanax drug addiction symptoms you may notice in a loved one include:

  • Drowsiness or lethargy
  • Sleeping for long periods
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow breathing
  • Confusion or cognitive impairment
  • Clumsiness or reduced coordination

Behavioral Xanax addiction symptoms you might notice include:

  • Withdrawal from family
  • Altered social behavior
  • Failure to meet responsibilities at work, home, or school
  • Aggressive or impulsive behavior
  • Legal issues

A loved one addicted to Xanax might attempt to stop using or go through periods of being unable to procure more of the drug. When they abruptly stop regular use, the result is Xanax withdrawal. Signs of withdrawal include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness
  • Weakness
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Attempting to detox from Xanax without medical supervision can be dangerous, especially after prolonged use.

The best way to safely help a loved one stop using Xanax for good is to seek professional help through a substance use disorder treatment center.

Silicon Beach Tx Treats Xanax Addiction

Drug addiction comes with powerful physical, mental, and emotional factors that make it very difficult for a loved one to stop using. If you notice Xanax addiction symptoms in a loved one, they need professional help to make a lasting recovery.

Silicon Beach Tx offers inpatient, outpatient, and detox programs for individuals addicted to Xanax. Our behavioral health specialists can help you get your loved one the treatment they need to heal from Xanax addiction.

Contact Silicon Beach Tx at 213.460.1706 for more information on our Xanax addiction treatment programs.