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Xanax can be extremely addictive and catching the early warning signs is key to preventing abuse.
Xanax is a drug that is classified as a benzodiazepine which is a type of medication that is used to treat anxiety. This is not the only use of benzodiazepines, they are also used to treat other conditions because they work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain changing the way chemicals are released and how they communicate with other nerves.
In general, Xanax is used to treat anxiety, panic, seizures, and insomnia. It is a medication that can cause physical dependence as well as Xanax withdrawal because of its ability to become habit-forming.
There are also side effects of Xanax that can be mild to severe depending on the dose. Here we’re going to go over Xanax addiction signs as well as side effects and possible withdrawal.
Side Effects of Xanax
Side effects of Xanax can cause a sense of relaxation because it helps the muscles releases and releases anxiety. The most common side effects of Xanax are:
• Mood swings
• Possible irritability
• Loss of interest in sex
• Dry mouth
• Erectile dysfunction
• Loss of coordination
• Shortness of breath
• Slurred speech
• Difficulty focusing
• Memory loss
• Lack of inhibition
Individuals taking Xanax should not drive and have a higher risk of other accidents such as falling because of the side effects. One of the negative side effects of Xanax is something called rebound symptoms.
This means that the reasons in which you are taking Xanax may appear in a higher severity if the medication is stopped. Xanax causes physical dependence and in order to notice Xanax addiction signs, it’s important to note that dependence and addiction aren’t the same.
Dependence on Xanax means that your body is dependent on the drug and if it is stopped, a Xanax withdrawal will certainly happen. When the body is dependent on a drug, it needs more of it in order to have the same effect, which can also be known as tolerance.
If someone is addicted to Xanax, they are unable to stop using it, no matter any consequence that may occur. While dependence and addiction are not the same, dependence is often a common effect of addiction.
Because the brain changes because of the consumption of the drug when it is stopped Xanax withdrawal will occur making it not only difficult but painful to stop using. Before going into what Xanax withdrawal is like we will first outline Xanax addiction signs.
Xanax Addiction Signs
If you believe that you or someone you love may be struggling with an addiction to Xanax, here are a few addiction signs:
• Is the drug used every day?
• Is there an urge to use the drug that is the main focus daily?
• In order to feel the drug, you must take more each time?
• There is always a supply of the drug accessible at home?
• No matter how much money there is, there is always money for the drug?
• There have been risky situations in order to obtain the drug or while using it
• There have been attempts to stop using the drug, but they have failed
• Withdrawal symptoms are felt when not using the drug
If you believe that you or a loved one needs help it’s important to remember that it can be difficult to stop using and professional help may be needed.
Xanax withdrawal can be painful and if not taken care of in the proper way, it can be dangerous. A few side effects of Xanax withdrawal include:
In order to clean the body of the drug, a detox is needed. This usually takes place in a hospital or rehabilitation center under the supervision of doctors and nurses.
Detoxification is the best way to get an individual out of the habit of using Xanax and is also the safest way to ensure that no adverse effects are felt. While finding help may be a difficult decision, it’s the best way to get yourself or your loved one clean.
Contact the addiction specialists at Legacy Healing Center to learn more about how detox and rehabilitation can help drug addictions. Call us today at 888-597-3547.