Alprazolam, more commonly known as Xanax (and often misspelled as Zanex), is a popular central nervous system depressant known as a benzodiazapene. Often prescribed for anxiety and panic attacks, alprazolam is highly effective for short-term use. Alprazolam works by literally slowing down the chemical reactions of the brain. In fact, one of the biggest problems with alprazolam is that as the drug wears off, the user is often faced with returning feelings of anxiety and panic, prompting the user to take more alprazolam as the last dose wears off.
There are clear advantages to alprazolam for those who need it, but the unfortunate truth is that many people abuse alprazolam. In fact, it is one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States. Over time, alprazolam abuse can lead to tolerance—a condition in which a person requires more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effects.
If a person has developed an addiction to alprazolam, he or she can experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as the following:
- Extreme anxiety
- Suicidal ideation
If you or someone you know is trying to quit alprazolam, it is best to do so under a doctor’s supervision.
Illegal Alprazolam Use
Alprazolam is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. To add to the complication of alprazolam addiction, recreational alprazolam users are often combine alprazolam with other illegal drugs. Some users begin using alprazolam to combat the symptoms other strong illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin can cause. If you have a loved one who is recreationally using alprazolam, there is a considerable chance that he or she is experimenting with other drugs as well.
Dangers of Alprazolam
Alprazolam presents a number of dangers including:
- Lowered reaction time and impaired coordination—this can be hazardous if a person is driving, walking or performing any activity that requires attention
- Birth defects in unborn babies and can also pass into breast milk and harm an unborn baby
- Rebound effect—once the drug wears off, anxious users may experience an immediate panic attack
- It can become addictive in a short period of time
- Respiratory problems may occur; users may have a hard time breathing
The most common side-effect to alprazolam is withdrawal. This is the problem that occurs when an alprazolam user tries to discontinue using the drug. The effects of alprazolam withdrawal are highly unpleasant. For this reason, a person who has become dependent on alprazolam may not wish to quit the drug under any circumstances, even if the user realizes it is unhealthy to continue taking the drug.
In fact, many friends and family members of those suffering from alprazolam addiction have a very hard time convincing the loved one to quit the drug. A common response is “I need it for my anxiety!” This can make treating the addiction very difficult. For this reason, many people opt to stage an intervention for their loved ones (more information below).
Planning an Intervention
Because of the many complications related to alprazolam use, many individuals opt to conduct an intervention for their loved one who is addicted to alprazolam. During an intervention, loved ones gather together to explain the effects of addiction in their lives and confront the addicted person about the substance abuse issues. At the end of the intervention, the addicted person is offered the choice to begin treatment or to face previously agreed upon consequences to continuing the substance abuse.
Interventions can be highly challenging to conduct. For this reason, it is very important to speak with a trained counselor before conducting an intervention for your loved one. Others opt to hire a professionally trained interventionist. Many times, there is only one solid chance at conducting a successful intervention.
Alprazolam Intervention Help
We offer a 24-hour, toll-free phone number staffed by trained counselors who can guide you in the intervention process. Because each individual is different, each intervention should be planned for that specific person. Before you proceed, learn more about your options. We can tell you what you need to know about alprazolam addiction treatment and how to conduct an intervention. You are not alone—call today at (877) 345-0698.