The Dangers Associated with Alprazolam Withdrawal

It Is Important to Note that Alprazolam Withdrawal Can Be Extremely Dangerous

Alprazolam is more commonly known by its brand name Xanax and is in the category of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is generally prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It’s possible for people taking the medication as prescribed to become addicted and not realize it. Alprazolam withdrawal must be done under supervision to avoid serious consequences.

How People Become Addicted

It’s important to understand any drug can be abused and used for purposes other than the one for which it was prescribed. Medications such as alprazolam

can become addictive when misused or taken for a prolonged period of time. People don’t plan to become addicted. After a particularly stressful day, a person may feel it is okay to take an extra dose to help them relax. The drug works fast and provides sedative effects, which is a leading factor in its abuse.

There are both physical and mental warning signs and symptoms that indicate the abuse of alprazolam:

  • Elation
  • Frequent drowsiness
  • Long periods of sleeping
  • Frequent lightheadedness
  • Problems with concentration
  • Memory issues Sluggish feeling
  • Nausea
  • Frequent headaches
  • Cognitive problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Becoming disoriented
  • Poor coordination

Abuse Affects All Areas of an Addict’s Life

Every area of an abuser’s life reflects the results of alprazolam addiction. Abusers have difficulty maintaining their personal relationships. Interactions with friends and family become strained, and marital problems are common. The abuse of the drug causes the user to not feel well, and they miss work quite often. Not feeling good can be the result of the overuse symptoms or from alprazolam withdrawal when they run out. Users tend to feel extremely tired and lethargic. On the job, they lack the motivation to accomplish their required tasks, and they sometimes simply forget what they need to do. Abusers often get fired from their job because of their inability to concentrate and complete tasks. Financial problems can plague the alprazolam abuser due to the loss of a job and a constant need for increased spending for additional supplies of the drug.

Zero Tolerance

The alprazolam or Xanax abuser is often thinking about how to get more of the drug after the present supply runs out. Addicts build a tolerance to the drug, which means more alprazolam is required to achieve the same effect that was experienced the first time it was used. Any time dependent users run out of Xanax, they will experience unpleasant and sometimes dangerous alprazolam withdrawal symptoms. When a user becomes an addict, everything in their life revolves around access to alprazolam. When the drug is not available, the addict commonly starts taking other drugs. When his or her doctor refuses to refill the prescription, the addict may doctor shop or look for street sources offering similar drugs. Street names for alprazolam include xannies/zannies, handlebars/bars, blue footballs, and benzos.

The abuse of Xanax has become a problem with teenagers. They may have found some in their parent’s medicine chest or received some from a friend. Teens quickly become abusive with the drug. Alprazolam is a popularly prescribed drug that teens can easily find on the street.

Some Dangers of Alprazolam

Individuals suffering from any health issues are at greater risk of complications if they are abusing Xanax or alprazolam. Taking too much of the drug can cause sedation lasting from three to four days. Respiratory rates are slowed, which is risky by itself. If alcohol (another depressant) is mixed with alprazolam, serious results could include injury, coma, or death.

Treatment Options for Alprazolam Addiction

Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms are serious and can be deadly. People who need to stop using the drug must do it under the supervision of a professional. Dangerous withdrawal effects can include seizures. The doctor may recommend an inpatient treatment program where alprazolam withdrawal symptoms can be safely monitored, and he patient will have around-the-clock care. Patients receive help managing their withdrawal symptoms, which will sometimes include medication to lessen the detox symptoms.

Every day a person is taking drugs places them at greater risk. If you suspect a loved one has become dependent on prescription alprazolam or Xanax, don’t hesitate to call the professional treatment center at WhiteSands.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.