Alprazolam is used to inhibit one or more symptoms of anxiety disorders including the following:
- Panic attacks
- Feeling smothered
- Cold and clammy hands
- Excessive startle reactions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
Negative Effects of Alprazolam Abuse
A secret dependence on or addiction to alprazolam might have begun with a legitimate prescription to control anxiety. Continued use and secret abuse of alprazolam can have a negative effect on the following areas:
- Your sense of self-control
- Your sense of wellbeing
- Your relationship with friends and loved ones
- Your relationship with your doctor
- If you are pregnant, your child
Can You Predict How Alprazolam Interacts with Other Drugs?
Hiding your addiction can have serious consequences, as alprazolam will interact with the following other substances:
- Certain other narcotics
- Some antifungal drugs
- Some antidepressants
Your physical health can be adversely affected by unanticipated interactions with these drugs.
Alprazolam Abuse and Deeper Issues
Often, addictions are a way to cope with deeper emotional and psychological problems. Sometimes the wounds of our past are too painful for us to face or to speak of with others. Addictions of all sorts, including addiction to alprazolam, are ways of coping and hiding problems. Hiding an addiction to alprazolam will probably
- Add another layer of deceit
- Add another layer of denial
- Further covering the real causes of pain and discomfort
If you can bring the addiction to another person, what was once a secret problem can become the first step toward face the truth and the reality that lies hidden.
The First Step to Ending Alprazolam Abuse
The first step is to take a bold step to come out of the shadows and reveal your problem to someone else. Think how much better you will feel if you come forward of your own initiative than if your secret is discovered against your will! You will not have to live afraid of being discovered or afraid of getting caught.
Abrupt discontinuation of alprazolam can cause seizures, so you should seek the direction and care of a doctor. Insurance companies will often cover the some of the costs of addiction recovery. If you have questions about how to overcome your alprazolam addiction or how to broach the subject with friends, family or medical professionals, call our toll-free helpline. Counselors are available to answer your call 24 hours a day.