Alprazolam (also known by the brand name Xanax) is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines and is used to treat panic disorders, anxiety and anxiety caused by depression. Alprazolam works by balancing chemicals in the brain. This drug is habit forming, and using the drug in ways other than prescribed can lead to addiction and overdose. Alprazolam is available by prescription and is also known by the following street names:
- School bus
- Bicycle parts
- Yellow boys
- White boys
- Blue footballs
Young people abusing alprazolam may use some of these words in their conversations to try and keep parents unaware of their drug use. Knowing the signs of drug use and recognizing the symptoms of alprazolam abuse will help parents know if their child is high on the drug and if an addiction is present.
Signs of Alprazolam Abuse
If you or another family member has a prescription for alprazolam, the potential is there for a child in your house to get and use the drug. Alprazolam is a popular recreational drug among teens and young adults, because it is easy to get through another person’s prescription or on the street. When a young person abuses alprazolam or any type of drug, behavior changes occur. If you suspect your son or daughter is using alprazolam, look for the following signs of abuse:
- Mood swings
- Changes in appearance
- Neglecting school or other responsibilities
- Extreme tiredness or lack of energy
- Changes in friends
- Stealing money from family and friends
- Secretive or suspicious behavior
- Fighting or other dangerous behavior
If your son or daughter shows any of these signs, it is possible that he or she is using alprazolam and may have developed a dependence on the drug.
Symptoms of an Alprazolam High
Teens and young adults who are using alprazolam will display certain physical symptoms when high. These symptoms can range from mild to very severe depending on the amount of the drug ingested. If you think your child may be high on alprazolam, look for the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extreme drowsiness
- Poor coordination
- Confusion, memory loss or forgetfulness
- Respiratory depression
If you suspect your child is abusing alprazolam, seek professional help immediately.
Detecting Alprazolam Abuse
In homes where teens and young adults are abusing alprazolam, parents and other caregivers may notice missing medication. This is especially true if medicines are not kept in a locked cabinet or drawer. Money kept in a common location for household use may begin to disappear, as may money out of purses or wallets. Parents often report finding drugs between mattresses and other hard to reach locations, as their children struggle to hide their addiction. Asking for help from a drug interventionist, getting your teen into counseling or confronting him or her about your suspicions are all ways to begin dealing with a drug problem in your home.
Find Help for Alprazolam Abuse
Knowing the signs of alprazolam abuse can help you get your child the treatment he or she needs. If you or a loved one struggles with alprazolam addiction, call our toll-free number. We can help you identify abuse or addiction and take the appropriate steps towards family healing. Please call today.