Signs, Symptoms, and Effects of Alprazolam Use
Alprazolam is a prescription drug used primarily in the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It is occasionally used in conjunction with anti-depressants and falls into the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Alprazolam has an almost immediate effect, making it ideal for “as-needed” use, but is ineffective for long-term treatment.
Long-term or high dosage use almost assures addiction, as users will develop a tolerance and require greater amounts of Alprazolam to feel the effects of the drug. Long-term use also causes users to over-rely on Alprazolam, lose self-confidence, and begin to engage in drug-seeking behavior (such as visiting multiple doctors, “losing” prescriptions, forging prescription, etc.). In addition to physical and mental addiction, side effects of Alprazolam use include the following:
- Memory impairment and amnesia
- Irritability, aggression, or hostility
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Fatal overdose if mixed with alcohol
While Alprazolam is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress, it is meant to be taken intermittently and as directed by a doctor. Those choosing to use the drug legally should consider their history of addiction and their medical need before beginning Alprazolam use.
Support Groups as a Path to Recovery and Abstinence
Support groups have been an important part of treatment and recovery from drug abuse. They provide a way for people to help themselves and others while making human connections and working on maintaining sobriety. Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have a long history and successful record, and with increasing acknowledgement of the effectiveness of support groups, more support groups covering specific addictions and disorders are appearing.
Those who have used Alprazolam may benefit from both drug addiction support groups and support groups for those with anxiety and panic disorders. Support groups provide a space to work on social skills that are affected by addiction, which is important for recovering Alprazolam users who may no longer have confidence in their ability to interact with others while sober. The recovering user can find a positive community of friends who understand what they have experienced and what issues they are struggling with right now.
How to Find the Right Support Group for Alprazolam Addiction
Not all support groups are the same, and recovering Alprazolam users should choose groups that suit them best. Programs such as Narcotics Anonymous follow a 12-step program, in which the recovering user gains a sponsor and an emphasis is placed on spiritual elements of recovery. 12-step support groups are the most widely available but may not be for everyone. Other types of support groups can provide the following services:
- Emphasize meditation rather than spiritualism
- Emphasize a secular and cognitive approach to abstinence
- Exist on-line and provide resources towards finding in-person support
Support groups are part of a self-help system and can be an important tool towards Alprazolam addiction recovery. There are many resources for the recovering user and an individual should not hesitate to seek out the means of recovery that will work for them.
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