Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Alprazolam works by reducing high levels of brain activity. Alprazolam is highly habit forming, and those who use the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician risk developing an addiction. Alprazolam is a commonly-abused drug due to the feelings of euphoria it produces. It produces amnesia-like effects as well as sedation and is often combined with alcohol to increase the intensity of the side effects. Alprazolam is most widely abused in suburban and rural areas.
Alprazolam is used for the short-term treatment of anxiety. It works by binding to receptors in the brain to control chemicals that may become unbalanced or overly active. Alprazolam can also be used to treat depression and social anxiety. If you or someone you love uses alprazolam to treat anxiety and panic attacks, he is at risk of addiction. The most obvious sign of alprazolam dependence is the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped. Other symptoms of alprazolam addiction include:
- Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
- Doctor shopping to get new prescriptions for the drug
- Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- Preoccupation with getting and using the drug
- Engaging in dangerous or risky behavior to get and use the drug
- Changes in physical appearance
- Changes in relationships
If you or a loved one use alprazolam and have any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.
Suburban Alprazolam Abuse
Alprazolam is the drug of choice for many people in suburban or rural areas. Alprazolam is easy to get and may be as close as your own medicine cabinet. Unsupervised teens and adolescents are at an increased risk of alprazolam addiction as the substance is so readily available in many homes. Alprazolam is often used as a party drug in suburban areas where it is combined with alcohol or other drugs to increase its effects. Alprazolam addiction should be treated in a rehab facility that includes medically-supervised detox. It is dangerous to stop taking alprazolam abruptly. Those who are addicted need the help of medically supervised detox to safely taper off the drug over a period of days or weeks.
Finding Help for Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam is used to treat panic attacks and is highly-habit forming. If you or a loved one struggles with alprazolam addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation.