In the last few decades, there has been an increase in people coming to addiction treatment programs for benzodiazepine and anti-anxiety medication like Xanax. Xanax being the most well-known prescription drug in this category, we will focus on it here.
However, the dangers of other drugs are also covered. Benzo addiction can often be unintentional. Like many prescription drug addictions, Xanax can be prescribed to treat certain ailments.
Xanax, or alprazolam, is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and panic. These conditions are caused by overactive neurotransmitters, which produce a chemical called "gamma-aminobutyric acid". Xanax is designed to reduce neurotransmitters and thus decrease negative emotions.
How drugs such as Xanax can affect you
Xanax abuse quickly leads to tolerance. People take more of the drug to regain the feeling of euphoria that they experienced when they first started using it. This cycle of increasing the dose to feel better results in dangerous and severe drug addiction.
Xanax addiction develops in a similar way to prescription drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin or street drugs like heroin or cocaine. These side effects decrease as the addiction progresses. However, the drug's supposed euphoria will diminish. The addict will eventually develop severe drug dependence and face unpleasant withdrawal.
Without professional supervision, you should not attempt to withdraw from Xanax. Many people are successfully treated by professional drug rehab centers. They work closely with doctors and hospitals to help them withdraw safely from Xanax. Xanax withdrawal can take up to two weeks.