Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine, but most people know it by the brand names Xanax and Niravam. Doctors commonly prescribe alprazolam to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It gives users a euphoric high, at least in the early stages, which is why people often use it recreationally. Unfortunately, alprazolam addiction comes quickly and grows exponentially.
Dangers of Alprazolam Abuse
Alprazolam side effects, to name a few, can include shortness of breath, impaired balance, hallucinations, a change in libido and suicidal intentions. It can likewise affect one’s social environment and family by making users distant, erratic, distracted and emotionally volatile. As the body creates a tolerance for it, the effects decrease, especially the drug’s euphoric effects. This causes the body to need more, launching a cycle of addiction that calls for ever-increasing dosages and sometimes creates a “rebound effect.” In such cases, users will believe the anxiety and panic attacks have returned and possibly grown worse.
The Cycle of Alprazolam Abuse
Users may take as much as 10 times the prescribed dosage to keep up with the growing physical and psychological need for alprazolam. A doctor is not going to prescribe this much medication, and this lack of access to the needed amount of the drug can trigger further anxiety as an individual obsessively seeks to procure more. This creates yet another danger, as alprazolam medications are sold online illegally. Such purchases come with no certainty as to the quality or chemical makeup of the drug. Online purchases can include dangerous mixes not found in the government-regulated medications sold in pharmacies.
Fighting Alprazolam Addiction
Some addictions are difficult to beat, but alprazolam can be outright deadly. If a person’s body developed a high dependence, quitting “cold turkey” can have a fatal effect. Medically supervised detox is highly recommended for alprazolam, but a holistic approach to treatment is important for staying clean. The following are ways in which a holistic approach helps address the whole person:
- Treat the anxiety and panic attacks that may have initiated usage
- Handle the psychological addiction that takes longer to break
- Recognize and prepare for the triggers that typically spark a relapse
- Help with any social, work or family strains that the addiction might have caused
Help Quitting Alprazolam
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