Alprazolam is a drug often prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is marketed under various brand names, the most well-known of which is Xanax. Alprazolam is in a class of sedating, tranquilizing drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Alprazolam Dependence Help
Benzodiazepine dependence can develop easily and rapidly, leading to misuse and abuse of the drugs, and alprazolam is the most commonly misused drug in the class. Sometimes it is abused by those for whom it has been prescribed, but it is also misused by “Xannie poppers” who take alprazolam recreationally, often in combination with other substances such as alcohol or cocaine. Although anyone can become addicted to alprazolam, “Xannie poppers” are often club-hopping young adults.
Tolerance to benzodiazepines can develop within days or weeks, which is why alprazolam is FDA-approved only for short-term treatment of panic disorder (up to 8 weeks). When people become tolerant to a drug, the dosage they were previously using no longer produces the desired effect. Dependence occurs when users of a drug need to take it in order to avoid having withdrawal symptoms. It is common for dependence on benzodiazepines like alprazolam to develop when they are taken for longer than a month.
The drugs depress the central nervous system, and the body adapts and attempts to restore balance. When the drugs are stopped, the body’s adaptations are unmasked and unopposed, and the nervous system becomes hyper-excitable. Withdrawal symptoms therefore include effects such as anxiety, sensory distortions, insomnia, tremors, and sometimes seizures.
Recovering from Alprazolam Addiction
Treatment services for alprazolam abuse are designed to help overcome physical dependence on the drug and any psychological dependence that has also developed. A thorough assessment and medical evaluation is the first step. Treatment providers will want to know such things as the average amount of alprazolam being taken per day, whether the amount has been increasing, whether it was prescribed or obtained elsewhere, whether the user has attempted to discontinue usage of the drug previously, and whether other drugs are being taken. They will also want to know the withdrawal symptoms you’re experiencing. Methods for detoxing from alprazolam vary, but the best providers monitor symptoms and adjust the rate of dosage tapering accordingly. Some use medications to treat effects of withdrawal.
Quality treatment for alprazolam addiction involves tailoring a program to meet each client’s unique needs. It will usually involve interventions designed to help clients overcome denial and ambivalence, understand the science of addiction, and recognize their personal drug use triggers. Quality treatment will address co-occurring physical and emotional issues and will evaluate a client’s social and support situation. It will also address relationship challenges that may have arisen as a result of the client’s addiction.
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