Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety or panic attacks. Alprazolam works by calming brain chemicals that may become abnormally excited. Alprazolam can be an effective part of an overall treatment plan for panic attacks and anxiety. When used in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician, alprazolam can lead to addiction. Alprazolam is often used in combination with other sedatives prior to plastic surgery procedures. It is important to talk to your doctor about any personal or family history of drug addiction before using alprazolam as a pre-surgery medication.
Plastic Surgery and Addiction
Deciding to have plastic surgery is a big step for most people. Many plastic surgery patients have problems with self-esteem due to a body feature that makes them feel uncomfortable. Plastic surgery procedures to improve appearance after accident or injury can help individuals with poor self-image lead a more normal life. However, changing features simply to achieve a different look or a more youthful appearance can become a kind of addiction and can lead to substance abuse. Many people who become addicted to drugs do so to cope with an emotional trauma or difficulty. Combining a personal history of addiction or depression with plastic surgery can be a recipe for disaster.
People who opt for plastic surgery and who use alprazolam to treat panic attacks or anxiety disorders need to discuss all of their medications with their doctor. If you are considering plastic surgery, getting help from a therapist or counselor may also be a good idea. A therapist or counselor can help you get to the heart of what is motivating you to change your appearance. You may determine that part of your decision is the result of depression from abusing your medication. Talking openly and honestly about your feelings in these areas can help you make the best decision for your unique situation. Alprazolam is intended for the short-term treatment of anxiety and panic attacks, and using the drug or turning to plastic surgery to cope with self-image issues can lead to addiction.
Finding Help for Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam can be an important part of an overall treatment plan for anxiety and panic attacks. Using the drug in ways other than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with alprazolam abuse, we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find treatment.