Alprazolam, most recognizable by its trade name Xanax, is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Alprazolam is in the benzodiazepines class and works by decreasing abnormal brain activity. The Food and Drug Administration considers alprazolam habit-forming. Individuals suffering from anxiety or panic attacks find relief by taking the drug as prescribed, but may increase their use of the drug when seeking increased calm. As the dose is increased, the body develops a tolerance to the drug, meaning a higher dose must be taken to achieve the desired effect. It doesn’t take long for dependency to develop after tolerance occurs.
Side Effects of Alprazolam
The side effects of alprazolam include the following:
- Sleep apnea
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in depth perception
- Slurred speech
- Jaundice – yellowing of the skin, typically pointing to liver problems
- Tachycardia – abnormally high resting heart rate
Alprazolam Detoxification and Withdrawal
Detox is the process by which a toxic substance is removed from the body. As the body is cleared of the drug, it reacts negatively to being deprived of it – this is essentially the definition of dependence. This reaction brings about symptoms known as withdrawal symptoms. Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
- Panic attacks
- Muscle cramps
Some treatment plans will use other medications to treat these symptoms. Unfortunately, these medications generally share some of the same ingredients and characteristics as alprazolam and are similarly addictive. It is best to avoid rehab centers that use this method, as it can result in the patient simply substituting one addiction for another. You should never attempt to quit a drug on your own. Trying to beat addiction without proper medical supervision is highly dangerous and rarely successful.
How Long Does Alprazolam Rehabilitation Last?
The initial phase of alprazolam rehab includes detox and withdrawal and typically lasts from 10 to 14 days. Ideally, alprazolam addiction recovery does not end there. Continued treatment including therapy and counseling is the best way to ensure true recovery from alprazolam addiction. The recovery process continues on well after rehab ends. Continuing to take steps such as attending therapy and/or support groups to combat and prevent relapse for the rest of your life makes all the difference.
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