Alprazolam is a medication prescribed to treat anxiety because of how it works to “slow down” the brain. People suffering from anxiety disorders and panic attacks seem to have overactive neurotransmitters, and by slowing them down, the drug tends to relieve feelings of stress and impending doom.
Addiction to alprazolam usually occurs by accident. Individuals enjoy the euphoric, drowsy feeling that it produces and begin to chase that calm feeling by taking more and more alprazolam. Their bodies will become increasingly tolerant to the drug, which will then cause them to take an even larger dose; this continued behavior may quickly lead to addiction.
Once addicted, individuals will use desperate measures to get more of the drug, always seeking a “high” and wishing to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. They will become completely consumed with getting more of the drug, and other areas of their lives will begin to suffer. The effects of addiction can be dramatic. Physical, mental, financial, and social consequences become increasingly worse, but addicts are not able to quit even when they want to.
Physical Symptoms of Alprazolam Abuse
Once alprazolam abuse begins, side effects begin to show. These include:
- Muscle cramps
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
After a period of time, these side effects may dissipate. However, when a person continually abuses alprazolam, his or her body begins to build up a tolerance to the drug. Addiction may result. Addicts will try to replicate the initial feelings of euphoria that the drug produces, but what they don’t understand is that those initial feelings cannot be duplicated. Some addicts will take twenty to thirty pills a day. At this level, they will have to go through a gradual detox program, because stopping the drug altogether could be dangerous.
Alprazolam Addiction Help
Is your life controlled by an addiction to alprazolam or to another drug? There is hope. With help, you can overcome your addiction and get your life back. Entering into an addiction treatment center could be the best decision you’ve ever made. There are thousands of people who have recovered from an addiction just like yours because they chose to receive treatment.
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