Alprazolam (Xanax) is used for the treatment of panic disorders and anxiety. The drug is used to reduce high levels of anxiety and excessive brain activity. Alprazolam has a calming euphoric effect, so it is often abused. Many people will mix this substance with drugs and/or alcohol to elicit a “high” sensation. The dangers of this drug are well-known, but many people still fall victim to addiction. Rehabilitation (rehab) programs treat addiction to alprazolam on a daily basis.
Alprazolam is a commonly prescribed medication, and it is in the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) lists alprazolam as a Schedule IV controlled drug, which means that it has a serious potential for abuse. Alprazolam is often distributed on the Internet outside the U.S. Medications from Internet sales often have dangerous ingredients and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Many samples of this drug confiscated from Internet sales have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), which is a potent antipsychotic drug.
When a person is addicted to alprazolam, this leads to loss of interest in usual activities, a secretive attitude, difficulty in meeting obligations, and attending social and/or family events. When the drug becomes priority to the user, many family and work-related activities fall to the wayside. A severely addicted person is likely to have difficult holding a job, paying rent, and attending social events. The physical symptoms of Xanax abuse cannot be hidden. These include slow reflexes, drowsiness, confusion, fuzzy thinking, and abnormal thinking. When overdose occurs, unconsciousness or seizures are likely.
Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances, according to the DEA. These medications are often stolen from medicine cabinets, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Parents of teenagers need to be aware of the habits and warning signs of drug addiction. These include:
- Sudden changes in dress, habits, and mood
- Hanging out with new people
- Dishonesty and secrecy
- Loss of interest in regular activities
- Declining academic performance
The FDA categorizes alprazolam as a category D medication. If you are pregnant, this drug could harm your unborn baby. Alprazolam addiction leads to serious withdrawal symptoms in the newborn child. Alprazolam passes through the breast milk of the mother and can harm an unborn baby. The sedative effects of alprazolam last long for aging adults, and accidental falls are common among elderly people who take any benzodiazepine.
Alprazolam Abuse Treatment
There are many rehabilitation centers and programs for a person who is addicted to alprazolam. These programs focus on assisting a person to stop this medication and manage the withdrawal symptoms. The initial phase of rehab is the physical detoxification process, which often involves the use of another medication to treat withdrawal symptoms. The use of medications during recovery assists with the factors that predispose a person to cravings for alprazolam.