Alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax, is an increasingly popular short-term treatment for panic disorders, seizures, insomnia and other psychiatric problems. It was first introduced in the 1960s as a tranquilizer. It fell out of favor, along with other drugs in the benzodiazepine family, in the 1970s, but made a significant comeback in the 1980s and 1990s. While it is has a serious potential for dependency and addiction, it has been deemed safer than many previous treatments. Millions of people have had alprazolam prescribed by their physician or psychiatrist, and many of them have become addicted. Research is still being conducted on the drug’s efficacy and dangers in various types of patients using it for various reasons.
Alprazolam is a central nervous system depressant. It affects the pleasure and reward center of the brain by bonding to opioid receptors. Initial doses will create a euphoric sensation as it calms the part of the brain responsible for managing anxiety and fear. The euphoric state is short-lived, as the brain develops a tolerance to the chemical. The experience, though, is very powerful. Many alprazolam addicts first took the drug as a legitimately prescribed medication before develop a dependence on it.
Signs of alprazolam dependence include the following:
- Lack of coordination
- Intense mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Alprazolam Abuse and Withdrawal
Most prescriptions for alprazolam are short-term in order to avoid strong addictions being formed. If a patient takes more than the prescribed amount, or takes it longer than prescribed, they are at a significant risk for dependency and addiction. Benzodiazepines are both physically and psychologically addictive, and effective treatment must address the whole person. Many very effective medications and techniques continue to be developed by researchers today. The best treatment facilities are up to speed on the latest techniques and newest learning about how to help the addict rise above their addiction. While group and individual counseling, education and spiritual support address the psychological or emotional addiction, specialized medical staff will oversee the patient’s health as he goes through detox.
Withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Memory loss
- Muscle pain and cramping
- Nausea, vomiting, fever and other flu-like symptoms
- Vivid dreams
Alprazolam Addiction Treatment
While the research continues, and new facts about the nature of alprazolam are being discovered regularly, help is available now for anyone struggling with a dependency or addiction. When someone decides that it is time for them to quit taking alprazolam it is important that they not quit “cold turkey” or on their own. Our staff is standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and get you the help you need. The call is toll-free, and your life is moving past you faster than you can possibly appreciate. Now is the time to get healthy and re-gain your independence. Call today.