Xanax Addiction Hotline
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Xanax is at the heart of the issues involving prescription drug addiction in the United States. The drug is taken to relieve people from anxiety and panic disorders, although it is often misused due to the calming effects and tranquil high it can provide.
If you or someone you know is addicted to Xanax, seek help before the addiction worsens. The Recovery Village has trained teams of medical experts who understand the difficulties of living with Xanax addiction. Enrolling in a rehabilitation program helps many people remove Xanax addiction from their lives while also treating any mental illnesses or disorders that they might have, including panic attacks or anxiety.
Xanax should be taken orally. The dosage is based on a patient’s medical condition, age and response to treatment. If the dose is small but the drug’s effects are not strong enough, doctors might increase the dose to produce the desired outcome.
However, regular Xanax consumption might cause withdrawal symptoms, especially if the drug is taken for a long time or in high doses. Withdrawal symptoms are one of the most common signs that a person is addicted to a drug, and Xanax is no exception. Since the drug has the potential to be addictive and cause a dependence for people, it should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor. Even if a person follows their doctor’s orders, addiction is still possible, although it is less likely to occur than when the drug is misused.
To prevent severe withdrawal symptoms, doctors often gradually reduce the dosage until a person’s body completely readjusts to no longer needing Xanax.
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- Initiation: Most people who misuse Xanax are introduced to the medication through a doctor’s prescription. When a non-prescription initiation takes place, it’s usually at a party or nightclub and involves acquiring the drug from a friend or acquaintance who has a prescription.
- Experimentation: Having misusing Xanax a few times, some people might attempt to take the drug under different circumstances or at different times. They also might tweak the dosage — usually increasing it — to experience new effects.
- Regular Misuse: A person might not take the drug daily, but a pattern often develops during this stage. People either take the drug at a certain time of the day, specific day of the week, or as a reaction to a negative feeling.
- Dependence: This stage begins with tolerance, which involves an increase in frequency or dosage of the drug that the person’s body is able to readily process without experiencing strong effects. Once the tolerance is high enough, people may develop a dependence. Some people will need a shorter amount of time and lower dosage to become dependent. The experience of becoming addicted to Xanax is different for each person.
- Substance Use Disorder: During this stage, attempting to stop taking the drug seems like an unbearable challenge. People often recognize they are dependent on Xanax but cannot stop taking the drug due to the severe withdrawal symptoms, which they can experience, if they don’t take the drug, over a longer amount of time than usual. The time varies for each person and withdrawal symptoms vary depending on numerous factors, including the level of addiction. At this point, drug rehabilitation is the safest method for someone attempting to overcome their addiction.
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While Xanax addiction cannot be completely cured — nor can any dependency on drugs or alcohol — treatment can help affected individuals address their behavior and return to a healthy lifestyle.
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If you are taking Xanax as prescribed, check with your doctor before taking another drug. Checking with a medical expert can reveal any potentially dangerous effects from mixing the two substances, and this could protect you against severe injury and dependence on Xanax.
American prescriptions for Xanax have grown by 9 percent each year, from 2006 – 2013, and in 2013 more than 50 million prescriptions were written for alprazolam. From 2005 – 2010, emergency room visits attributed to Xanax and other benzodiazepines doubled in frequency.
Is Xanax addictive? Absolutely, but help with addiction treatment is available. Many people who became addicted to the drug also successfully completed rehabilitation and now live a healthier life, free from Xanax misuse. The Recovery Village can help people find a solution to their substance use disorder and treat for any co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety or depression, that may help cause their Xanax addiction.
The Recovery Village has several specialized treatment programs, each with the ability to be individualized for the specific patient’s needs. Call today if you or someone you love is suffering from Xanax addiction and needs help.