Is Xanax Addictive?

Xanax Use and Misuse: Is Xanax Addictive?

Here is the lowdown on Xanax addiction symptoms and where to find Xanax addiction help.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a Benzodiazepine which is a controlled substance which means it has a low potential for abuse. It is known to induce sleep, relieve anxiety and prevent seizures. It is most commonly used to treat those suffering from anxiety disorders and panic disorders. This type of medication is commonly abused due to the tranquil state that users feel.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 4 in every 10 people who take a Benzodiazepine such as Xanax every day for 6 weeks will become addicted. So, is Xanax addictive? The answer is yes.

How do we know that Xanax is addictive? Here is a list of Xanax addiction symptoms that can be felt just after 6 weeks of use, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is even more addictive when it is misused, and can result in tolerance, addiction and dependence is taken in ways other than what is prescribed by a medical professional.

  • Users will feel bad if they don’t take the medication
  • Users will find that they have to take more to have the same effect
  • Users will crave the medication
  • Users will begin withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop
  • Users may feel happy while on the medication
  • Users may sleep for longer periods of time than normal
  • Users may experience memory loss
  • Users may experience nausea and headaches

Due to the addictiveness of Xanax, it should not be used consistently for longer than a 4-week period and always be prescribed by a medical professional. If you take Xanax for recreational use or misuse it, it can easily form an addiction. These Xanax addiction symptoms can also be described through what is felt during withdrawal. The following are symptoms that can be felt during Xanax withdrawal:

  • Inability to sleep
  • Tense
  • Agitated
  • Dizziness
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Odd tingling in arms and legs
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Epileptic fits

Xanax Addiction Help

If you, or someone you love is misusing Xanax and is exhibiting Xanax addiction symptoms, reach out to WhiteSands for addiction help.  You can reach them at (877) 855-3470 at any time and their trained staff will help you understand all the options that are available and how to get help. Finding Xanax addiction help is not difficult and does not need to be an intimidating topic.

Weather the addiction is severe or moderate, WhiteSands has the right option for you. There are various locations that offer inpatient and outpatient care giving the individual the best Xanax addiction help available.

The best route for most addictions is for patients to choose an inpatient rehab center. In an inpatient rehab center the individual is evaluated on both their mental and physical state. From this evaluation the medically trained staff can help develop an individualized treatment plan and treat any underlying disorders or problems.

Once a treatment plan has been devised, the medically trained staff works with the patient through a detox. This step is one of the most difficult steps in when looking to recover from a drug addiction. This step is where the patient rids its body of the dependence it has built up and the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms. This is done in an inpatient facility so that the staff can monitor the patient 24/7 and ensure that they are safe every step of the way.

After detox is completed the patient can begin working with therapists in various settings to learn about life after addiction and what they need to do to continue a sober life.  Once the patient has completed their time in an inpatient facility, if they, or their doctor deem it necessary they can continue treatment in an outpatient facility. Outpatient facilities are there to help those who want to live at home but are still in need of care.

Don’t let an addiction take over your life, call WhiteSands for help today.

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.