Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is a highly addictive benzodiazepine sedative. Alprazolam is one of the faster-acting benzodiazepine drugs and the most frequently prescribed, so it is therefore the most commonly abused. Abuse of alprazolam has reached epidemic proportions in recent years and has resulted in harrowing addictions, overdoses and serious health complications.
Approaching Your Family about Your Drug Use
Often the first step in recovery is admitting to your family that you have a problem with drugs and need help to overcome it. The support of family can be a critical component in the recovery process. However the thought of disclosing your drug use to your family can be daunting. It can be difficult to predict how some people may react to the admission, and some may respond better than others. Some people’s reaction may be very predictable, and some family members who do not know the truth about addiction are likely to view alprazolam use and addiction as signs of weakness or immorality.
Be Armed with the Facts about Alprazolam Addiction
Before you approach your family about your alprazolam addiction, get online, do some research, print out the results and arm yourself with the facts. There is a wealth of information online that describes the drug addiction as a disease of the mind that can occur to anyone. It is now accepted as fact by clinical researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists and the treatment community that addiction is not a matter of will power or morality but is a powerful force that overwhelms the will of the addicted individual. Overcoming addiction to any substance or behavior requires counseling to address the many underlying issues that typically contribute to an addiction.
Chronic, long-term abuse of alprazolam causes so many physical and psychological problems that continuing to use alprazolam on a regular basis is simply not a viable option. However quitting alprazolam “cold turkey” is hazardous and should not be done without medical supervision. Addiction to and dependence on alprazolam requires professional treatment to be overcome safely and effectively.
Treatment for Alprazolam Addiction
If you are addicted to alprazolam and would like help finding treatment, if you have any questions about alprazolam addiction and treatment or if you would like more suggestions for approaching your family about your alprazolam addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment options for you.