How Alprazolam Abuse Affects Families

How Alprazolam abuse affects familiesAlprazolam is a highly addictive prescription benzodiazepine that is potentially deadly when taken for prolonged periods at high doses. Alprazolam becomes especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, because this can result in respiratory and heart rates slowing to fatal levels. Less severe physical symptoms of alprazolam abuse may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weight changes

Families and Alprazolam Abuse

Families of alprazolam users know the uncertainty associated with drug addiction and the chaos that can ensue when it is left unchecked. Alprazolam abuse changes everything from family dynamics to redistribution of responsibilities once belonging to the individual. Individuals suffering from alprazolam addiction typically exhibit behavioral changes. If you have a family member who exhibits any of a number of the following signs, he or she may be struggling with addiction:

  • They may become secretive
  • They may become deceptive by lying and/or stealing
  • They may begin to isolate
  • They may change friends for no apparent reason
  • They may be moody, irritable or suffer mood swings
  • They may lose their job
  • They may lose their desire to achieve, to be responsible or to deal with family relationships
  • They may withdraw
  • They may become preoccupied with getting their next hit
  • They may doctor shop, meet with undesirable people in order to score their next bag of drugs or shop for drugs on the internet
  • They may seem distant or agitated
  • They may become disheveled in appearance
  • They may lose interest in things that once fascinated them
  • They may take offense easily when approached with the question, “Is something wrong?”
  • They may have money problems for no apparent reason
  • They may be unable to keep commitments and handle former responsibilities well
  • They may stir up trouble within the family or at work in order to avoid interaction
  • They may become difficult to be around, and the family begins to avoid them
  • There may be evidence of a secret stash of drugs or drug paraphernalia

Getting Help for Your Loved One with Alprazolam Addiction

If you think a family member or other loved one is abusing alprazolam, do your research and find out all you can about alprazolam addiction, withdrawal and treatment. Because it is potentially deadly to quit alprazolam “cold turkey,” medically supervised detox is a must. A treatment center accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is most likely a good option for addiction help as is a treatment center with certified/licensed and credentialed staff known for their work in alprazolam addiction.

Does Your Loved One Need Alprazolam Addiction Treatment?

Do you have a loved one struggling with alprazolam or Xanax abuse? Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to learn more about addiction and how you can help a family member or yourself. Addiction doesn’t have to control you and your family any longer. Help is available today.

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