Xanax (Alprazolam)

Xanax is a benzodiazepine, or a Central Nervous System depressant. Xanax can be found in the generic form called, Alprazolam.  Doctors often prescribe Xanax as a treatment for nervousness, panic attacks, and tension.

Xanax (Alprazolam) is a Schedule IV drug as per the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). According to the Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States Department of Justice and CSA, controlled substances are given a five-schedule rating systems for their potential for dependency and abuse. The lowest is schedule V and the highest is Schedule I.

Being a Schedule IV Drug, Xanax contains the following characteristics:

  • Low abuse potential
  • Limited physical and psychological dependence
  • Accepted medical use for treatment at present in America

However, the irony is that in spite of many benefits of Xanax and its Schedule IV traits, an increasing number of people in the U.S. suffer from Xanax addiction.

Xanax Abuse

The body may develop a tolerance to Xanax (Alprazolam) after taking it for an extended period of time. As a result, you may require larger doses to achieve the desired effect. As you increase the dose, you become prone to physical and psychological Xanax dependence. According to the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 25 percent of patients who stopped using Xanax reported withdrawal symptoms like dizziness, headaches, vomiting, nausea, irritability, anxiety, chills, insomnia, moodiness, lethargy, tiredness, crying, tremors, parenthesis, dystopia, myalgia, and vivid dreams.

A two-year treatment result study, conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, revealed that 15 percent of heroin abusers also used benzodiazepines everyday for more than 12 months. Also, 73 percent used benzodiazepines more than once a week. In addition to this, between 5 and 90 percent of methadone users took benzodiazepines regularly.

Xanax addiction is rampant in America today.  When substance abusers take benzos like Xanax (Alprazolam), the incidence of abuse and dependence is greater than that in general users. Xanax addicts need to be treated with care. They require supervision and counseling as most of them are already into drugs like heroin and others. Once a person has become addicted to benzodiazepines, it can be extremely difficult to kick the habit alone.

Xanax Slang Terms:

  • Zanax
  • Zani(s)
  • Zani bar
  • Bars
  • Barre(s)
  • Football(s)

Dangers of Mixing Prescription Drugs

Mixing prescription drugs is like treading on an unknown path. You do not know what lies ahead or what would happen after taking the drugs.  Various compounds present in pharmaceutical drugs may interact dangerously, leaving you with serious health complications. Mixing prescription drugs can even be fatal.

Prescription drug addiction has taken millions of Americans in its clutches. Currently, it’s a burning public health crisis. Reports of deaths through overdose of prescription drugs are getting common day by day. In most cases, the person is found to be using a lethal combination of prescription drugs. When drugs prescribed by a doctor are mixed incorrectly and in abnormally high doses, you create a concoction of death or health hazard for yourself.

Abusing prescription drugs, like Xanax (Alprazolam), is as addictive and harmful as using cocaine and other illegal drugs. The abuse of illicit drugs is a matter of concern. It’s sad to say that, today, the American law enforcement agency, health care providers, and families are facing the challenge of dealing with prescription drug abuse, which is prevalent in all sections of the society.

Drug abuse is something that not just the poor do in a bid to forget their deprivations and worries, but it is equally prevalent in the affluent class and among teens.  Prescription drug addiction seems to be more prevalent in teens raised in upper class homes. They have everything they can ask for in life, yet there is something lacking.  People from all walks of life try to fill this through drug abuse.

The figures of the National Drug Threat Survey organization and pharmaceutical agencies send shivers down the spine. According to them, about 50 million Americans use a minimum of one psychotherapeutic drug, at least once in their lifetimes. This drug can be a sedative, tranquilizer, painkiller, or stimulant. Around 7 million Americans above 12 of years of age use such drugs for personal gratification, that is, non-medical use.

Drugs Commonly Abused

  • CNS (central nervous system) depressants such as Valium, Xanax, Barbiturates, Clonazepam. Medically, they are prescribed for treatment of sleep problems, panic attacks, and anxiety.
  • CNS stimulants such as Ritalin, Phentermine, Dextroamphetamine. Medically, they are prescribed to treat narcolepsy (sleep disorder), obesity, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Opioids such as Codeine, Morphine, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and others. Doctors prescribe them to relieve pain.
  • Non-opioid pain relievers such as Vioxx, Lortab.

Abusers have a tendency to mix these drugs with other prescription drugs. This can have horrible effects on health and can lead to overdose.

Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

There is a broad spectrum of effects of mixing and abusing prescription drugs. The most common ones include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Mental haziness
  • Inconsistent behavior
  • Sleep disorders such as excessive sleeping or inability to sleep
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in physical appearance

The typical trait of abusers, whether of illicit drugs or prescription drugs, is denial of their problem. Most of them go through a pre-morbid stage, where the signs are visible but the drug abuse problem is veiled. Often, such people suffer from emotional turmoil, social problems, depression, stress, anxiety, relationship problems, or financial problems.

Usual changes in such individuals may include the following:

  • a reduced interest in studies and personal health,
  • seclusion from family and friends,
  • making of new friends,
  • telling lies or stealing,
  • isolating from social activities

The least thing that drug abusers need is contempt from society or their family. Rather, they are in dire need of moral support, especially from the ones they love. It’s possible to overcome prescription drug addiction. But, it’s tough to do it alone for the abuser.  A prescription drug rehab program specializing in Xanax addiction provides treatment, but also restores hope for the individual suffering from a substance abuse problem.

If you or someone you care about needs help with Xanax addiction, please call (877) 710-6076.All calls are confidential.

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