Alprazolam is part of a group of stimulants known as benzodiazepines. It is sold under the well-known brand name Xanax. It is generally used to treat anxiety disorders including panic disorder and the anxieties often experienced by people suffering from depression. However, as a stimulant, it is often misused for recreational purposes. This abuse can lead to an addiction and severe side effects such as overdose and various alprazolam withdrawal symptoms.
As with other prescription drug addictions, professional help is the best solution to dealing with the symptoms of an addiction. White Sands Treatment Centers can assist you or a loved one through the process of recovery, helping to establish a better way of life. Call us today at (877) 855-3470.
7 Facts about an Addiction to Xanax
Stimulants such as benzodiazepines have been used medically for many years. However, much is still unknown about the effects that they can have on a person, especially when misused. Facts about the addiction to stimulants such as Xanax include the following:
- According to a SAMHSA survey in 2013, of the 2.8 million Americans that tried drugs recreationally for the first time that year, 2.7 percent of them used stimulants such as Xanax.
- In the same study, it was found that there were 1.4 million current recreational users of stimulants.
- The Centers for Disease Control stated that in 2013, as much as 30% of prescription drug overdoses were as a result of benzodiazepines – including alprazolam overdose.
- The majority of Xanax users do not want to know any additional information about benzodiazepines even though they know there are risks of addiction and overdose involved.
- There are very few studies to support the use of Xanax for sleep disorders for longer than a month, even though it is often prescribed for several months.
- Many people do not properly report symptoms of Xanax abuse as there is a stigma associated with addiction in today’s society. This situation results in people that need treatment often going with it.
- The use of benzodiazepines as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety is just a short-term solution, not a cure. Many users of Xanax do not seek further assistance with the mental issues they have that is causing their problems and rely on the drug alone to deal with it. This creates a dependence to the substance, which can lead to an addiction and alprazolam withdrawal symptoms.
Dealing with Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
Due to the risk of an alprazolam overdose because of the tolerance that develops with continued drug use, finding help for your addiction is important. Depending on how severe the addiction is withdrawal symptoms may vary. The common symptoms of withdrawal include the following:
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle pain and cramps
- Blurred vision
People going through stimulant withdrawal can also be at risk of suicide. As such, professional supervision is always advised. A further benefit of having the person supervised is that the risk of relapse due to intense cravings can be avoided.
In a medical detox, medications can be given to the patient to ease them through the symptoms that they experience as a result of stopping Xanax abuse. The medications can help to deal with symptoms such as vomiting, muscle pain, headaches, seizures and the anxiety that they experience.
Furthermore, to avoid future relapse after the detox period, therapy and treatment programs should be employed to help the individual through their triggers and other issues that may be leading to their abuse of drugs.
Finding the right kind of support and professional assistance for withdrawal from Xanax and the subsequent treatment is a crucial part of a full recovery. Dealing with an addiction alone can be difficult, and in some cases impossible. Find help for an addiction today for yourself or a family member.
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.