Alprazolam is a generic form of Xanax, a medication that treats anxiety. It works by augmenting neurotransmitters in the brain that create a sense of calm. When taken for short periods of time and as directed, alprazolam is relatively safe and poses a low risk of overdose. However, the drug can cause disorientation and short-term memory loss, which can be dangerous, especially when combined with alcohol or antihistamines. Teachers who abuse this drug should seek professional help to keep working and to be effective educators.
Effects of Alprazolam Abuse
Using alprazolam for a long period of time can create tolerance on top of physical and psychological dependence. In fact, alprazolam addiction can cause any of the following problems:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Drug abuse
- Preoccupation with acquiring the drug
- Social isolation in lieu of drug abuse
Alprazolam addiction treatment begins with detox, which may provide addicts with lower doses of the drug to wean them off alprazolam and to minimize side effects. This process can take from 3 to 30 days depending on the severity of the addiction, but after detox psychological treatment begins that includes the following components:
- Counseling to identify emotional and mental issues behind the addiction
- Ongoing therapy to boost coping skills and prevent relapse
- Family therapy for affected loved ones
- 12-step support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to correct faulty thinking
- Spiritual guidance
Alprazolam addiction is a serious condition, but one that is highly treatable. With professional help, alprazolam addicts can achieve lasting sobriety.
Effects of a Teacher’s Alprazolam Abuse
When students know their teachers abuse drugs, they often internalize the following dangerous beliefs:
- Drug abuse is socially acceptable
- Drug abuse is safe
- Using illicit drugs is part of being a grown up
- Adults cannot be trusted
- Adults who disapprove of drug use are boring
Students who know about a teacher’s drug problem can lose hope in sober living. They may wrongly conclude that drug abuse is inevitable, a misconception that could lower their resistance to peer pressure. Additionally, teachers who abuse alprazolam endanger their careers. They can be legally prosecuted and fired, and the stigma left on their employment record can jeopardize future work opportunities.
In contrast, teachers who seek addiction treatment benefit from several forms of legal protection, including the following examples:
- Employers may not punish an employee who requests a medical leave, provided they are eligible, such as a minimum of one year of employment
- Without your consent, your employer cannot tell anyone that you sought addiction treatment
- When applying for a job, it is illegal for a prospective employer to ask about past substance abuse or treatment history
After achieving sobriety, teachers cannot be legally sanctioned for a history of drug abuse or treatment, whether on the job, for housing, within governmental programs or within private and public institutions. This means that teachers should seek professional help to safeguard their careers and reputations.
Treatment for Teachers who Abuse Alprazolam
If you or a teacher you know struggles with alprazolam abuse, then reach out for help. Admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can guide you to wellness, so please call them now and start your recovery today.