Facts About Xanax Addiction
Xanax is a drug that many psychiatrists and physicians refuse to prescribe. It is highly effective when used appropriately, but users of Xanax are prone to abuse and Xanax 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 is inhibited, the user is often prone to seeking out the drug again and 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. 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 sells his prized Jaguar in order to obtain money for his Xanax addiction. In severe cases he may refinance his home, embezzle from his employer, or obtain credit card debt to feed his habit.
Addicts often need an outside intervention in order to be helped. They are too entrenched in the disease to help themselves. Other options include 24/7 rehabilitation centers for drug treatment, outpatient drug treatment programs, and/or weekly substance abuse counseling.