Worried That Your Loved One is Abusing Prescription Depressants? 5 Signs of Xanax Addiction to Watch For

Xanax Addiction

America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It is also one of the most stressed. A large majority of US citizens report high levels of anxiety in their day-to-day life. Coping with this pressure can be overwhelming and debilitating leading some to seek relief through prescriptions medications like Xanax. While Xanax can be an effective short-term treatment for anxiety disorders and panic attacks, its misuse and addiction potential are significant concerns that deserve attention and awareness.

What is Xanax?

Xanax, known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that work by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps make the brain less susceptible to stimulation leading to a relaxed state. As a result, Xanax is prescribed primarily for the management of anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and sometimes for insomnia and other conditions. It is the most prescribed benzodiazepine in the country. 

The Dangers of Xanax 

Benzodiazepines are incredibly effective at relieving symptoms of anxiety and stress but misusing them or taking them for prolonged periods of time can lead to physical dependence. Xanax addiction is no joke. It can have serious and debilitating consequences on both physical and mental health and overall well-being.   

Here are some of the dangers associated with Xanax addiction:

  • Physical Dependence: With regular use, the body can develop a tolerance to Xanax, meaning that higher doses are needed to achieve the same effects. This can lead to physical dependence and addiction, where the body needs the drug to function normally.

  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Abruptly stopping Xanax or reducing the dosage can trigger withdrawal symptoms, which may include rebound anxiety, insomnia, agitation, tremors, sweating, and even seizures in severe cases. These symptoms can be highly distressing and can result in compulsive use of the drug out of fear of withdrawals. 

  • Risk of Overdose: The risk of accidental overdose is significant with Xanax. When taken in high doses or combined with other substances, especially alcohol or opioids, there is a high susceptibility to overdose. An overdose on Xanax can lead to respiratory depression, coma, and even death, particularly when used in conjunction with other depressants.

  • Cognitive Impairment: Prolonged use of Xanax can impair cognitive function, leading to memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and impaired judgment. This can interfere with daily activities and increase the risk of accidents and injuries.

  • Negative Effects on Mental Health: Xanax addiction can exacerbate underlying mental health issues, such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, the cycle of dependence and withdrawal can contribute to emotional instability and further anxiety.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

If you are under the impression that because Xanax is prescribed by a doctor it is not possible to become addicted, think again. Recognizing the signs of Xanax addiction can provide early intervention and support. 

Signs of addiction to watch for:

  • Increased Tolerance: Taking increased doses of the drug to achieve the same effect that used to be possible with lower doses. 

  • Withdrawal Symptoms: If stopping Xanax abruptly or taking lower amounts than normal leads to withdrawal symptoms then physical dependence has developed. 

  • Preoccupation with Obtaining Xanax: When addicted individuals may become obsessive in their desire to obtain more of the drug. Spending a significant amount of their time and effort finding and using the drug including visiting multiple doctors or seeking out illicit sources.

  • Social & Occupational Impairment: Xanax abuse is usually accompanied by a drastic decline in social and occupational functioning. Relationships and work or school may face serious damage due to Xanax addiction.

  • Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: Continuing to take Xanax despite experiencing adverse effects in all areas of life and overall well-being is a sign of addiction. 

Get Help Today

Xanax addiction is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires prompt attention and intervention. Addiction is a treatable condition, and recovery is possible with the right support and resources. Call Owl’s Nest Recovery today to speak with our clinical experts about your situation and find out how we can help you reclaim your health and well-being. 



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