Alprazolam, of the main ingredient in the brand-name drug Xanax, is a highly addictive prescription drug used to treat anxiety-related problems such as anxiety attacks and panic disorders. The drug helps regulate abnormal excitement in patients and produces a calming state. Xanax is sometimes used recreationally because of the potentially euphoric results of taking the medication.
Xanax is typically prescribed for short-term use, but many individuals find ways to get additional prescriptions by visiting different doctors or using online pharmacies which have notoriously loose rules for obtaining medications.
Alprazolam leads many users to become physically dependent on the drug, and they begin to use it in increasing volumes to combat the effects of tolerance. The frequency and volume of use continues to increase to potentially dangerous levels which can lead to overdose.
The longer alprazolam is taken and the more tolerant the user becomes, the harder it is to stop taking the substance. Withdrawal symptoms for alprazolam are difficult to handle and get worse the longer the medication is abused.
If you suspect a loved one is using a drug like alprazolam, you may have become aware of the problem due to various signs of addiction. The signs of alprazolam addiction that you can look for include physical items that could potentially be associated with the drug.
The most obvious item to find would be drug containers. While it is not unusual to see these if someone has a prescription, if the family member or friend does not have a prescription to the drug or has an excessive number of pill containers, drug abuse or addiction may be present.
While it is not commonly done, alprazolam can be crushed and smoked. This is the way that many recreational drug users take the drug. If you see any pipes or powders lying around the potential alprazolam user’s home, think seriously about talking with your loved one or planning an intervention.
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