Due to recent events, almost every media modality has recently discussed the dangers of alprazolam (Xanax). Alprazolam is a common prescription medication that treats anxiety disorders, panic attacks and stress. In the case of Whitney Houston’s death, the public became more aware some people use alprazolam beyond the recommended timeframe, or they take it in conjunction with alcohol, other prescribed medications or illegal drugs.
According to the United States Health and Human Services, alprazolam is the most prescribed and most misused benzodiazepine on the U.S. market. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicates that, compared to the large number of prescriptions available, relatively few people increase their dose on their own or engage in drug-seeking behavior.
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
The problem with alprazolam is that many people take the medication beyond the recommended timeframe, which can cause any of the following withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Tachycardia – rapid heart beat
Less common and more severe reactions can include these problems:
- Homicidal ideas
- Rage reactions
Those who use alprazolam need not fear for these symptoms, but those who take the drug longer than recommended may endure some of these troubling issues.
Treatment Programs for Alprazolam Addiction
One of the key benefits of seeking a residential rehab program is the medically supervised detox that mitigates withdrawal symptoms. In addition, other services provided by an inpatient treatment facility include the following:
- Counseling so patients can explore what compelled the addiction
- Teaching ways to reduce stress
- Offering stress management techniques such as meditation and aerobic exercise
- Identifying situations or people that increase anxiety and learning ways to reduce it
- Exploring the causes of anxiety and exposing the underlying causes
- Identifying support resources such as clergy, support groups and self-help groups that help recovering addicts after rehab
- Working with the family to help with ongoing recovery support
Rehab can help any alprazolam user quit the addiction. All you must do is reach out for help.
Alprazolam Addiction Help
Call us to ask questions about your alprazolam use. To be assured of confidentiality and to ask any question you have, call our toll-free helpline any time; we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right treatment program to handle alprazolam abuse, and we can provide you with treatment options, information about insurance and resources. We are here to help.