Facts About Xanax Addiction
Xanax is a drug that many psychiatrists and physicians refuse to prescribe. It is highly effective when used appropriately, but Xanax users are prone to abuse and addiction. Upon initial ingestion of Xanax, users report decreased anxiety. In addition, they report the following:
- Trouble with concentration
- Decreased motor skills/clumsiness
- Slurred speech
- Sensations of carelessness
It does not take long for a person to become addicted to Xanax. Once the initial euphoric, carefree sensation takes place, the user is often prone to continually seek out the drug again to experience the same feeling. Over time, he or she shows symptoms of addiction and is no longer taking the drug to feel the effects. Rather, the individual is taking Xanax to sustain feelings of normalcy and attain an “even-keeled” state of mind.
Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or age. Therefore, its onset is difficult to pinpoint. Once a person becomes addicted to Xanax, he or she loses the ability to control when and if the next pill is to be taken.
People addicted to Xanax sometimes abuse the drug by injecting it or crushing and snorting it. Such methods result in rapid release of Xanax chemicals into the brain. Users feel its effects more intensely and within a shorter period of time. Once an individual has crossed the line into addiction, he or she may feel compulsive urges to use Xanax despite debilitating consequences. For example, a man who is addicted to Xanax might sell his prized Jaguar so he can make more money to buy more Xanax. In severe cases, he may refinance his home, embezzle from his employer, or obtain credit card debt to feed his habit.
Xanax Addiction Treatment Options
Addicts often need an outside intervention to recognize their need for help. This is usually because they are too entrenched in the disease to help themselves. Other options include 24/7 rehabilitation centers for drug treatment, outpatient drug rehab, and/or weekly drug counseling.