Xanax is the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medicine in the United States and one of the most widely prescribed benzodiazepines. Although it is effective for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder, many researchers question the medication’s “abuse liability.” Whether you take Xanax according to a prescription or recreationally, the drug can become addictive in as little as 2 weeks of daily use.
If you are concerned about your Xanax use or worried a loved one may be struggling with addiction, Chattanooga Recovery Center can help.
Recovery is hard, but you can take the first step by calling us at (423) 226-5331 today.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
What Is Xanax?
Also known by its generic name, alprazolam, Xanax can help with GAD and panic attacks. Like other benzodiazepines, it works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. For many, this relief creates feelings of relaxation and calm that may become addictive. Additionally, people who take Xanax sometimes experience “rebound symptoms” when the drug wears off, which may inspire them to take a dose before the next one is due.
Even with perfect prescription use, you could develop a physical or psychological dependence on Xanax. While this is not the same as addiction, Xanax dependence can lead to or be a sign of Xanax addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Addiction
Often, loved ones notice a Xanax addiction before the person using Xanax is aware they have a problem. Signs of Xanax addiction and abuse may include mood changes, changes in behavior and appearance, health issues, poor grades or work performance, financial troubles, and social changes.
You can also recognize symptoms of addiction in yourself. You may be suffering from Xanax addiction if you:
- Use or want to use Xanax regularly
- Lose interest in other activities
- Have intense cravings for Xanax
- Take more Xanax or feel its effects for longer than you intend to
- Spend most of your time using or recovering from Xanax
- Keep a “stash” of Xanax
- Talk to multiple doctors to obtain new prescriptions for Xanax
- Obtain Xanax illegally
- Spend money you don’t have on Xanax
- Engage in risky behaviors while using Xanax (like driving or unprotected sex)
- Overlook important relationships and responsibilities
- Need more and more Xanax to feel the same effects (tolerance)
- Suffer flu-like symptoms when not using Xanax (withdrawal)
- Continue using Xanax despite difficulties, risks, and problems
- Try and fail to stop using Xanax
Long Term Effects of Xanax Addiction
- Cognitive impairment
- Impaired motor skills
- Liver damage
Recovering From Xanax Addiction
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we understand how difficult overcoming addiction can be. Nevertheless, we know it is possible – and we are confident in our ability to help you get better. Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, so you will never be judged or looked down upon. We understand that everyone’s journey is different, which is why we offer individualized treatment plans.
Our team is dedicated to finding what works for you and building trust – we will always be transparent with you as we help you rediscover meaning outside of drugs and alcohol. Further, our programs fit all schedules – you can choose from our partial hospitalization program or intensive outpatient program – or pursue treatment after work or school at night.
If you’re worried about detox or drug withdrawal, rest assure that we offer medication-assisted treatment, as well. Our facility also focuses on your whole health and believes that recovering from addiction doesn’t have to be dry or boring. As such, we offer adventure-based counseling and other holistic options – we are dedicated to building a recovery program just for you!