Xanax Abuse and Treatment

How to Overcome an Addiction to Xanax

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that falls into the drug category of benzodiazepines with other medications like Valium. While these types of medications were made with the right intentions, they can, unfortunately, become highly addictive. Many doctors prescribe Xanax to those who have severe forms of anxiety like Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Taking Xanax regularly can make you develop a dependence and addiction, but there are others to simply take Xanax to get high. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Xanax abuse helps you acknowledge the problem and then get the treatment you need.

How Xanax Addiction Starts

Due to the fact that Xanax is a prescription medication, most people who develop an addiction to the substance received the drug legally. Struggling with a severe form of anxiety can be debilitating. It can make it difficult to go to work, school, or engage in social situations. For some people, their anxiety is so severe that they can’t fly or even drive. The reason why so many doctors prescribe Xanax is because it’s fast-acting. Medications like SSRIs are helpful for anxiety, but they don’t work as quickly. Xanax goes straight to the part of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response and calms it down. 

When you’re taking this medication regularly, you can develop a Xanax addiction. Not only does Xanax calm the brain, but it can also give a sense of euphoria. This is why people seek out the medication as a way to get high. For those with a prescription for Xanax, the main signs of abuse is when you start mixing it with other substances like alcohol or begin buying the drug illegally. Those who buy the drug illegally to get high are already on the path of addiction. What makes it so difficult to quit Xanax is the fact that it causes severe symptoms of withdrawal.

Xanax Withdrawal

There are drugs out there like cocaine and meth that primarily have psychological symptoms of withdrawal, but Xanax withdrawal includes physical and psychological symptoms. Without the help of a medical detox facility, Xanax withdrawal can be extremely dangerous. One of the most dangerous symptoms of Xanax withdrawal is that you’re prone to having Grand Mal Seizures. These seizures can be deadly, and there are other more mild symptoms such as:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

Getting Help for Your Xanax Addiction

Once you recognize that you have a problem with Xanax, just know that there’s help available. Enlightened Solutions Detox helps the people of New Jersey safely come off of Xanax and start on the journey of sobriety. We have a medical staff who is here to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the entire process through both medical and holistic means. Aside from safely going through detox for Xanax, you’ll also receive treatment to understand why you’re abusing the drug in the first place. For those with anxiety, we’ll show you that you can manage your anxiety without having to turn to Xanax in the future. If you’re ready to get the help that you deserve, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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