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Xanax Addiction Symptoms and Warning Signs

Last Updated: Nov 11th 2020

Reviewed by njrc

What is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name of the drug Alprazolam.  

Xanax is widely used and easy to abuse, so watching for Xanax addiction symptoms is important for anyone who uses it.

It is the most prescribed drug in America and is classified in a group of medications called benzodiazepines.  

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax are prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders and a variety of other psychiatric disorders.  

It is a controlled substance due to its high potential for abuse, which can easily lead to addiction or dependency.  

Unfortunately, though,  Xanax is often abused by people of all ages because of its availability through prescriptions and illicit substance sales.  

Recreational Effects of Xanax

People enjoy the recreational effects of the drug in high dosages and frequencies.  

The effects include intense calmness, tiredness, relaxation, and feelings of emotional peace.  

Some users may crush or snort the pill because the effect is quicker and more intense than oral consumption.  

No set dosage affects everyone in the same manner because it varies based on age, weight, metabolism, and mental state.  

If you have been prescribed Xanax, it is crucial to follow the doctor’s recommended dosage and proper usage.  

Serious consequences may occur if you misuse or abuse this medication.

Understanding Xanax Addiction Symptoms

Xanax, like all benzodiazepines, treats anxiety and panic disorders by binding to a receptor in your brain known as Gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A).  

When this occurs, it produces a relaxed or sedated feeling, so physicians prescribe the drug to treat anxiety and panic disorders.  

It is because of this rewarding feeling that many people abuse this medication.  

They seek to find an escape through sedation.  

Xanax’s effects will typically occur 20 minutes after oral consumption and provide relief for two to four hours.

People can get used to the relief from their symptoms, which may lead to them taking more of the drug than their recommended daily dosage.  

When prescribed Xanax, you may not intend to abuse your medication.

However, if you begin to misuse Xanax for the recreational effects, you may also begin to experience Xanax abuse and addiction’s unpleasant symptoms.  

Continued misuse and abuse of the medication is likely to lead to addiction or dependency.  

You may find that your tolerance to Xanax will increase as the abuse continues.  

Xanax abuse symptoms may lead to physical, psychiatric, and personal damage.


Xanax Addiction Symptoms and Dependency

You may recognize the signs of Xanax abuse as it leads to a downward spiral in many areas of your life.  

Signs of Xanax abuse include extreme tiredness or exhaustion, lack of motivation, loss of interest in hobbies, daily activities and/or socializing, a decline in personal appearance and hygiene, a decline in work performance, cognitive impairment, impaired coordination, and unusual risky behavior, such as driving under the influence of Xanax.  

Abusing Xanax is dangerous for your overall health.  It may lead to depression, delirium, aggression, psychosis, insomnia, and increased heart rate.  

It is easy to overdose on Xanax.  Overdosing may lead to difficulty breathing, fainting, nausea, vomiting, confusion, slowed respiration, seizure, and coma.  You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Xanax, so it is important to seek professional help when attempting to cease abuse and dependency.  

Symptoms may include extreme anxiety, sweating, tremors, heart palpitations, insomnia, paranoia, loss of appetite, muscle pain, and seizures, leading to coma and death.

Mental Illness and Xanax

Approximately 50% of people with mental illness will abuse drugs to cope with the emotional distress that comes with the mental illness symptoms.

This only exacerbates the underlying issue because it is not only a palliative solution; but also harmful to your overall mental and physical health.  If you have a preexisting mental illness or illnesses, abusing psychoactive substances may increase the severity of your mental illness symptoms.  

If you abuse Xanax with an underlying mental illness, you are risking further detriment to your long-term mental health and cognitive ability. Xanax has been known to cause psychosis, auditory and visual hallucinations, mania, paranoia, anxiety, panic, depression, agitation, and insomnia in people with and without mental illness.  

Those with mental illnesses are more susceptible to these side effects than those who do not have a mental illness.  If you experience Xanax abuse symptoms, know that you are not alone in this struggle.  There is always hope for a better future.

Treatment for Xanax Abuse and Dependency

If you are dependent on Xanax or are experiencing Xanax addiction symptoms, it can feel like a never-ending cycle.  The first step to receiving the help you deserve is admitting to yourself that Xanax abuse is interfering with your ability to live life happily.  

It is a difficult but tremendous step to take.  Just know that you are not alone in this challenging time in your life, and help is available for you at North Jersey Recovery Center.  Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you recover and happily live life.  

There are several methods for treating Xanax dependency and abuse. Treatment may vary because every person is unique.  To best treat this dependency, it is optimal to receive inpatient care so that our staff may facilitate safe medical detoxification.  

Inpatient detoxification at our recovery center will be the beginning of your life reclaimed.  While medical detox may not be comfortable or pleasant, our center makes it our top priority to ensure your withdrawal symptoms are as tolerable as possible.  We use only the best professional and comprehensive rehabilitation to safely cleanse the toxins from your body.  

After the drug has been cleared from your system, one-on-one therapy, as well as group therapy, will begin in an inpatient setting.  Our inpatient care provides you with highly trained staff and physicians that are here to lead you through the tough road out of addiction and into sobriety.  

Inpatient care includes effective psychological treatment, such as medical intervention (if necessary), group therapy, life-skills building exercises, art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, support systems, social integration skills, and relapse prevention.  

If you are battling Xanax dependency and abuse, do not hesitate to reach out to North Jersey Recovery Center and receive the help you deserve today!


Insurance for Xanax Addiction Treatment and Our Free Insurance Verification

If you recognize these Xanax addiction symptoms, seeking treatment for your dependency is one of the bravest things you can do for yourself.

Do not let your situation stop you from contacting our recovery center.  We provide honest and accurate pricing information for all of our treatment options.  We offer free insurance verification.  

Call us today to see if you qualify.  

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Please do not hesitate to seek the treatment you need today.  

You deserve to benefit from the effective and professional treatment from our center’s experienced and caring staff.  

Our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the utmost care in our hands.

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With our location just outside Manhattan, you can receive treatment outside of the city.  

Contact North Jersey Recovery Center today and begin living your life again.

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