Alprazolam is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. As a benzodiazepine, this drug slows down the movement of certain chemicals in the brain and thus relieves nervous tension. This drug is habit forming, especially if taken in large doses over a long period of time, but even just two weeks of use can lead to addiction. Addiction begins with tolerance, which means that users may require more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects. If a user increases the dose, he may develop chronic addiction. Users with a history of drug or alcohol abuse are at especially high risk for addiction. Due to alprazolam’s euphoric effects, it is sometimes marketed illicitly on the internet and the streets and used recreationally.
Signs and Effects of Alprazolam Addiction
Side effects of alprazolam addiction and abuse include the following symptoms:
- Slurred speech
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps
If someone is addicted to alprazolam and abruptly stops use, he or she will experience alprazolam withdrawal, which includes extreme, unbearable anxiety and any of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Mental impairment
If addicted, a user should begin treatment as soon as possible. One of the earliest steps to recovery is drug detox. Detox refers to the cleansing of the drug from the body and may last up to two weeks. Due to withdrawal symptoms, this process may seem intimidating, but if detox is closely monitored under a physician’s care or in a rehab center, withdrawal is manageable. Medical professionals gradually reduce doses to avoid the worst of withdrawal symptoms.
Support for Alprazolam Abuse Recovery
Most people who struggled with alprazolam abuse require residential rehab. At residential rehab, users are treated both physically and psychologically. Support from counselors and fellow recovering addicts in both individual and group therapy are some of the most important recovery tools. Patients learn the root cause of their addiction, along with the risks of drug abuse, and thus, through their knowledge, they are able to prevent relapse. Help from trusted family members and friends can also be key to recovery.
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If you or someone you love is struggling with alprazolam abuse, please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about recovery. You can prevent the long term health risks associated with drug abuse. Don’t hesitate. Help is just a phone call away.
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