Xanax (Alprazolam) Addiction

Xanax (Alprazolam), known as a “downer” is normally prescribed by psychiatrists or medical physicians for anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. It falls under the family of prescription drugs called Benzodiazepines, along with Klonopin, Ativan, Lorazepam, Halcion, Librium and Valium. While it is grossly and carelessly prescribed often to drug seeking patients it is just as abused by many of those who have the authority to prescribe it. Xanax is usually combined with other drugs or alcohol by an addict for an added effect and further stimulation. Some people find themselves physically addicted to it because of long term use and become very fearful of coming off of it due to the horrific withdrawal effects both physically and mentally. Physically Xanax withdrawal can induce seizures and even death if not supervised medically. Mentally the withdrawal will drive a person into heightened levels of anxiety, panic attacks and long periods of insomnia. It is suggested that a person not take Xanax for more than a couple of months due to its extremely addictive properties. Unfortunately those who abuse it and fly under the radar of the law and ethics codes find themselves using Xanax for many years before quitting. Sadly many find themselves so under the control of the drug and never try to quit and simply die.

Side Effects of Xanax (Alprazolam) Abuse

  • Drowsiness or Extreme Fatigue
  • Blackouts/Memory Loss
  • Increased Dosage Use to Handle Panic Attacks and/or Anxiety
  • Lack of Balance or Coordination
  • Risk Taking/Lack of Concern for Consequences
  • Overall Loss of Logic/Confusion
  • Slurred Speach
  • Rubbery Feeling to the Legs
  • Depression/Suicidal Thoughts
  • Overdose Death

Signs of Xanax (Alprazolam) Withdrawal

  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Seizures
  • Confusion/ Disorientation
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Heart Failure
  • Chest Pain
  • Irritability/Rage/Anger
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Death

In the field of recovery and interventions, we encounter Xanax abuse accompanied by the abuse of another or other drugs concurrently. Often we will see it taken as an offset to an “upper” to level out the feeling of a drug like Crack, Cocaine, Adderall or Methamphetamine, or to add to another downer such as Alcohol, Methadone, Heroin, Oxycodone or other Opiates to intensify the depressing effects that they give. Regardless the thought process is obviously unhealthy and illogical, hence the addiction.

If someone you know is addicted or dependent on Xanax (Alprazolam), do your best to insist that they receive medical attention before trying to detox off of them. In the field of addiction and recovery it is well known that if a person is taking daily dosages of any Benzodiazepine and/or alcohol, get them to medical professionals before attempting any type of rehabilitation. It is paramount to understand the powerful grip this class of drug has on a human being and delicate a situation it becomes when facing withdrawal. Bottom line is that there is a way out but a careful one that takes some work and some serious commitment. From there on it’s an even playing field again. Let us help you help those who are suffering from Xanax addiction and let’s give them a chance to live again.

Xanax is know by other names such as Bars, Benzos, Bricks, Handlebars, Footballs, Planks, Tombstones, Upjohn, White Boys, White Girls, Yellow Boys, Xannies, Xanbars,Zannies, Z-Bars, Zanbars.