Xanax (Benzodiazepine) also known by its generic name Alprazolam. Xanax is primarily prescribed for treating anxiety and panic disorders, as well as insomnia and depression. This prescription drug works as a depressant to the central nervous system, by increasing the amount of neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which leads to a calming effect.
Although, Benzodiazepines have proven effective in the short-term treatment of anxiety and insomnia, they have a high likelihood of creating a chemical dependence for all the above symptoms they are used for.
Xanax can only be legally obtained with a doctor’s prescription in the United States. It is produced in the form of a liquid, tablet, dissolving tablet, and extended release tablet.
Dangers of Xanax Dependence:
While Xanax is known in the medical community to provide relief from a range of anxiety and mood disorders, it is also known to become quickly addictive to those who take it for both medical and recreational use.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well other leading Psychiatrist groups, taking Xanax for longer than 6 weeks or in large quantities creates a 40% plus chance of the individual becoming addicted.
Symptoms of Xanax Addiction & Withdrawal:
- Feelings of withdrawal or unease if you don’t take them
- Developing a tolerance
- Experiencing cravings for the drug
- Experiencing higher anxiety levels than normal
- Sensitivity to light
- Lack of coordination
- Blurred Vision
- Dry Mouth
- Low sex drive
- Obsession with the drug
Physical signs of abuse are the most telling indicatory that someone is abusing the drug. It is not recommended that someone who has a dependence to this drug to suddenly stop taking it. The ramifications to an abrupt stop of the drug will lead to severe and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, that could be deadly. At Hira Health, our trained and medical staff have created a Xanax detox program that blends evidence-based treatment modalities with a holistic approach, ensuring a safe and comfortable detox from the grips of Xanax addiction.