Alprazolam is a prescription medication most commonly sold under the brand name Xanax. It has been prescribed since the 1960s for short-term treatment of the following:
- Panic attacks
- Premenstrual syndrome
Because of its potency and propensity for addiction use is only recommended for short periods of time. As is the case with all drugs in the benzodiazepine family, long-term use often leads to dependency and addiction. High or frequent doses increase this likelihood for dependency. Signs of alprazolam dependence include:
- Slurred speech
- Intense mood changes
- Lack of coordination
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
When alprazolam is used for an extended period of time tolerance will develop, requiring an increased dose to achieve the desired effect. Withdrawal is often severe and when attempted without close medical supervision can be dangerous or even fatal. Withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Memory loss
- Muscle pain and cramping
- Vivid dreams
Alprazolam Addiction Treatment
Getting clean from alprazolam is possible with the right help. Since the addiction is both physical and psychological, a holistic approach is needed. Medically supervised detox helps the user safely get the drug out of his or her system while minimizing withdrawal symptoms. The spiritual and behavioral aspects of addiction are addressed through counseling, 12-step programs and re-education. Holistic recovery is a comprehensive process that can restore order, sanity and health.
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