An alprazolam addiction should be addressed early. Psychological addiction and physical dependence intensify over time, causing an individual’s quality of life to suffer. The right moment to address alprazolam addiction is always as soon as possible.
The Myth of “Rock Bottom”
There is a popular idea that an addiction problem can only be solved after someone’s situation has become so serious that it cannot get any worse. The idea that an addict must hit “rock bottom” before seeking recovery is simply not accurate. This mistaken view of the nature of addiction can be particularly costly in the case of alprazolam addiction. While waiting for rock bottom, an alprazolam addict is risking the following:
- Sudden death
- Diminishing quality of life
- Worsening side effects over time
Even during the earliest stages of alprazolam addiction, the addiction should be addressed immediately.
Alprazolam is in a class of drugs called central nervous system depressants. Like other drugs in this category, alprazolam provides a benefit to medical patients by slowing down activity in the brain and causing neurons in the brain to fire less rapidly. This decreased activity provides relief from problems such as seizures, anxiety and panic attacks.
Unfortunately, alprazolam also decreases brain activity related to breathing and pumping blood. When the drug is taken in high doses and used in conjunction with another depressant, such as alcohol or opiates, the combined effects can put the user in a coma. The effects can be deadly. Even after a single use of the drug, alprazolam users are at risk of serious side effects, including death. Alprazolam takes effect very quickly, and its effects at high doses are dangerous from the very first use.
Some alprazolam addicts may abuse the drug for years and never experience immediate danger. However, the effects of alprazolam addiction can decrease a user’s quality of life by causing the following:
- Physical pain, including skin rashes, joint inflammation and jaundice
- Cognitive impairment, including confusion, memory loss, hallucinations, slurred speech and loss of balance
- Emotional distress, including mood swings, irritability and depression
These and other effects of addiction can tragically diminish the user’s quality of life for years if alprazolam addiction continues without treatment.
After long-term use of alprazolam at high doses, even more problems can begin to arise. If the body begins to compensate for the continuous presence of the drug, taking alprazolam can begin to cause paradoxical effects, which are the opposite of the drug’s normal effects. Instead of a dulling intoxication, the drug can start to induce anxiety and restlessness. If the user suddenly cuts back on alprazolam to avoid these paradoxical effects, withdrawal symptoms can result that are even more painful.
Alprazolam Addiction Treatment
If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to alprazolam, the time to address it is now. Even if you have just begun to abuse alprazolam, call our toll-free helpline to learn more about early intervention. The line is open 24 hours a day, so there is no reason to wait. Call now.