Alprazolam, better known as Xanax, is a depressant prescribed for the short-term treatment of anxiety, nervous tension, panic attacks and acute stress. Alprazolam is classified as a benzodiazepine narcotic and acts as a minor sedative or tranquilizer for its user. As a depressant the drug’s side effects are similar to those produced by alcohol intoxication.
Alprazolam is in high demand across college campuses, even though the drug is illegal without a prescription. The drug can produce feelings of calm, relief, and relaxation, becoming especially attractive when one is faced with a great deal of pressure or stress. College students are also using alprazolam as a party drug. As a depressant the drug can not only relax its user but it can also lessen one’s inhibitions, making it easier for college students to have a good time.
Dangers of Alprazolam Abuse
Alprazolam is only approved for short-term use, up to 8 weeks, because the drug is exceptionally addictive. Its users are capable of building a tolerance for the drug as well as a physical and psychological dependency. An addiction to alprazolam can consume users’ lives and put their relationships, education and careers in jeopardy. Other risks and dangers from alprazolam abuse can be severe and include the following:
- Mental lethargy and confusion
- Memory loss
- Slowed heartbeat
- Respiratory complications
- Impaired motor skills and physical performance
- Impaired judgment due to a loss of reality
- Drowsiness and the excessive need for sleep
Dangers of Mixing Alprazolam with Other Drugs or Alcohol
College students that use alprazolam as a party drug often mix or combine it with alcohol or other narcotics. This is extremely dangerous. Combining alprazolam with other central nervous system depressants significantly increases the drug’s tranquilizing effects. This can ultimately cause severe physical harm such as an overdose, heart failure, respiratory failure or death. Mixing alprazolam with a narcotic stimulant also produces adverse effects, because the body is confused as to whether it should speed up or slow down. Combining of alprazolam with other substances is incredibly dangerous and could result in a tragedy.
How to Help Someone Abusing Alprazolam
Some college students may be unaware that they have developed an addiction. They may need a friend, family or loved one to help them find treatment before the addiction causes serious damage. Staging an intervention is one option for getting an addict to find treatment help. Friends, family and loved ones can get together and encourage the addict to get help by expressing the pain and turmoil the addiction is having on their relationships. While those holding the intervention wish to provide support and sympathy for the addict, they must also be stern with their intentions. The addict must know how serious the addiction has become and be urged to get help immediately. A rehab professional can provide the best information on how to stage an appropriate intervention.
Where Can I Find Alprazolam Abuse Help?
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