Alprazolam is a highly addictive prescription drug used to treat patients suffering from anxiety-related problems such as anxiety attacks and panic disorders. The drug helps to regulate excitement in patients and produces a calm state. Because of the potentially euphoric result of taking the medication it is sometimes used illegally in recreational drug scenes.
The drug is typically only prescribed for short-term use, but many find ways to get additional prescriptions by visiting different doctors or using online pharmacies which have notoriously loose rules for obtaining medications. The reason for this continued drug use is physical and psychological dependence, and these are precursors of addiction.
What Leads to Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam users will begin to use the drug in increasing amounts. The more tolerant a user becomes to the drug, the less effective it becomes. As a result the frequency and volume of intake continues to increase to potentially dangerous levels, if a user does not talk with a doctor or find professional help. The longer alprazolam is taken and the more adjusted to it the user becomes, the harder it is to stop taking the substance. Withdrawal symptoms for alprazolam are difficult to handle and get worse the longer the medication is used. Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Intestinal discomfort
- Extreme sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
- Rapid mood swings involving outbursts
- Suicidal thoughts
Alprazolam users may believe it is easier to keep using the medication than to go through withdrawal, but ending drug use is always the better choice. Professional detox services can make the process safe and as comfortable as possible.
Where to Find Help for Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam addiction recovery requires professional help. If you suspect that you or your loved one might be addicted to the drug, we can help. Call our helpline for free, confidential and non-judgmental advice, information and support.