Alprazolam (known by the generic name Xanax) is a drug commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is available in both pill and liquid form and is taken orally. Alprazolam is a type of benzodiazepine and is known to be habit forming, even if used as prescribed. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to Alprazolam, requiring the user to consume an increased amount of the drug to reach the desired effect. As addiction develops, a person will experience intense fear of anxiety if Alprazolam is not regularly taken. Some people also begin to require regular amounts of Alprazolam to sleep. Physical dependence develops quickly when using Alprazolam, with some users reporting withdrawal symptoms as early as four weeks after starting to use Alprazolam. Withdrawal occurs when drug use is suddenly stopped. The fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms also contributes to the development of addiction. To overcome Alprazolam addiction, a person must first go through detox. Detox rids the body of Alprazolam and breaks physical dependency, making it possible for further treatment to take place.
The 12-Step Program
Originally developed by the group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the 12-step program has been used to treat addiction to drugs and alcohol for 75 years. AA was the only program using a 12-step system from 1935-1953. After 1953, Narcotics Anonymous adopted the 12-step program. Today, the program is used widely in most drug rehabilitation programs. The 12 steps involved in the program are as follows:
- Admit powerlessness over our addiction to [Alprazolam]—that our lives have become unmanageable
- Come to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity
- Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the higher power as we understand that higher power to be
- Make a searching and fearless moral inventory
- Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
- Are entirely ready to have a power greater than ourselves remove all defects of character
- Humbly ask to remove our shortcomings
- Make a list of all persons we have harmed, and become willing to make amends with them all
- Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
- Continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong, promptly admit it
- Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a higher power as we understand that higher power to be, praying only for knowledge of His/Her/Its will for us and the power to carry that out
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to other addicts, and practice these principals in all of our affairs
The 12-step program is based mainly on the admittance that an Alprazolam addict is completely powerless over his or her addiction. After an Alprazolam addict has accepted this, the 12-step program teaches the individual how to live life in a sober, self-fulfilling manner. Follow up meetings are an important aspect once a person has completed the program. There is always a chance that an Alprazolam addict will relapse. Follow up meetings give a recovering addict the opportunity to gain support when they most need it.
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