Xanax Abuse and Dependency

Doctors prescribe Xanax for anxiety, which can be a debilitating condition for many sufferers, as well as for insomnia. Xanax and drugs like Xanax are often prescribed to help individuals relax and give them relief from the challenging symptoms that come with anxiety and insomnia. Other familiar brands of benzodiazepines — the class of drugs to which Xanax belongs — include Versed, Valium and Ativan. Xanax usually comes in three strengths to treat the severity of the symptoms patients have.

Unfortunately, patients can quickly become addicted to the euphoric and relaxing effects of the drug. Tolerance develops rapidly, and individuals will need larger dosages of the drug to achieve the same highs. If they cannot obtain more drug via prescription, many will turn to street versions of the drug — even if they might face legal consequences — and they most certainly will incur more health risks since the quality of street drugs are unregulated. Users who take Xanax along with alcohol or other drugs face even greater risks which can include coma or even accidental death. Only detox coupled with a comprehensive rehab program, like the one offered by Bayview Recovery, can help users end their Xanax addiction.

Xanax Abuse Symptoms

As a tranquilizer, Xanax can help people manage their anxiety and relieve both physical and psychological symptoms. However, abuse of Xanax can actually introduce and pronounce the symptoms which users want to eliminate.

Xanax abuse symptoms include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • disorientation
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • inability to focus
  • slurred speech
  • coordination problems
  • breathing difficulties
  • in extreme cases, coma

Xanax’s Long-term Symptoms

Long-term symptoms of Xanax abuse mimic its short-term symptoms but will always be more severe.

Side effects of long-term abuse include:

  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • mood swings
  • sudden changes in behavior
  • work and relationship conflict

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Users experiencing Xanax withdrawal will often not know what to expect. Withdrawal symptoms can vary widely from one day to the next, and recovering addicts may feel better one day but much worse the next. Symptoms of withdrawal can also last for many weeks after a user has quit taking the drug.

Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:

  • irritability
  • high tension
  • sleep issues
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • hand tremors
  • the shakes
  • increased perspiration
  • dry retching
  • nausea
  • heart palpitations
  • headache
  • muscle aches and pains
  • weight loss
  • memory problems
  • problems concentrating
  • confusion
  • cognitive difficulties
  • hallucinations
  • psychosis
  • seizures
  • suicidal ideation

Bayview Recovery’s Individualized Approach to Xanax Dependency

Recovery from Xanax abuse can be dangerous. You can’t go it alone. Withdrawal symptoms can last a long time and be extremely unpredictable and often life-threatening. Ending your dependence on Xanax will require a medically-supervised detox, but that is not enough. Drug use often stems from underlying and untreated issues such as past trauma, unresolved personal problems or mental health problems. Addiction is almost never solely a medical problem.

If you do not treat the personal and psychological aspects of your addiction, you will likely quickly return to drugs and alcohol. That’s why Bayview Recovery emphasizes a highly-personalized and individualized approach that includes a deep understanding of your addiction pattern, your personality and, most importantly, your strengths. Once we know why you have used, we can begin to help you break down the habits and patterns of drug use and replace them with a healthy new approach to living, where you can pursue what truly makes you happy instead of drugs and alcohol.

Your story does not stop with addiction. Bayview Recovery has a comprehensive therapeutic program and high staff-to-patient ratio that has everything you need to leave addiction behind. Most importantly, you will experience our personal commitment to you that extends well beyond your stay.

Call 888.570.7154 and speak with a Bayview Recovery representative to learn more about a treatment program as unique as you are. Whatever your future holds, we know a stay at Bayview Recovery can help you meet it drug-free and in health and wellness.