Alprazolam is a potent short-acting drug that is known to most people under the trade name Xanax. Most often prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and moderate to severe stress
Symptoms of Alprazolam Abuse and Withdrawal
There are several indicators of alprazolam abuse including the following:
- Compulsion. People who abuse alprazolam have an almost obsessive urge to take the drug. Often this leads to them seeking whatever method (legal or illegal) to obtain the drug.
- Preoccupation. Prioritizing alprazolam is a clear sign of abuse, especially when thoughts of using alprazolam become the central focus in a person’s life
- Lack of responsibility. When using alprazolam becomes more important than obligations to work and family, a person often doesn’t even realize that she/he is acting irresponsibly.
- Impaired motor skills. Since alprazolam is a central nervous system depressant, it often impacts a person’s motor skills, sometimes putting them at risk.
- Memory impairment. Alprazolam taken in excess or over a long period of time has been shown to damage the brain’s ability to hold onto memories.
Consulting a physician and following a withdrawal program that slowly tapers alprazolam for your body is strongly recommended to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Some common symptoms of alprazolam discontinuation include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Rapid heart beat
Less common and more severe reactions can occur, including these symptoms:
- Homicidal ideas
- Rage reactions
Residential Rehab Programs for Alprazolam Addiction
Some key factors in all successful residential rehab programs include the following components:
- Professional counselors. Treating drug addiction requires specialized training and an empathetic point of view. Often at successful rehab programs, the counselors have first-hand knowledge or experience with addiction which makes them able to address your problems because they understand them. The experiences that the counselor endured enable her or him to relate to addicts easily and give the addict the sense that the counselor really “knows where I’m coming from.”
- Individualized treatment. No two addicts are the same. They do not have the exact same addiction experience, they do not have the same background and they may not have the same support system. Therefore, a unique plan is required to help each person win their unique battle. While counselors and therapists have extensive experience with other plans that worked effectively for other people, their focus now has to be on finding the right combination of therapies and services to meet your needs. This individualized attention does take considerable time and effort and is often the reason that successful residential rehab programs maintain a small patient to counselor ratio.
Get Help for Alprazolam Addiction
Determining when a person’s use of alprazolam moves from therapeutic to addictive is difficult to do, especially if the person is a family member or friend. However, if you suspect you or a loved one is abusing alprazolam, please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about alprazolam addiction treatment. We are here to help.