Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety disorders, insomnia, and often before or after invasive surgical procedures. Xanax is also provided at many medically supervised drug and alcohol detox centers to help individuals get through withdrawal symptoms. Xanax is currently one of the most abused medications in the United States. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical experts who prescribe Xanax may do so too casually, and the person may develop an addiction.
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Understanding Xanax Addiction
The people who abuse Xanax and get addicted to it are usually after the sedation and the extreme euphoria it causes. Xanax is a controlled substance, and anyone found to have Xanax without a valid doctor’s prescription will be arrested and charged with a felony. The National Institute on Drug Abuse writes why benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, are abused. They surveyed millions of users and found that the primary reason people misuse Xanax or other benzodiazepines is to relax, fall asleep, and get high.
Among past-year benzodiazepine misusers, 46.3% reported that the motivation for their most recent misuse was to relax or relieve tension, followed by helping with sleep (22.4%). 5.7% reported “experimentation” as their main motivation for misuse, and 11.8% reported using them to “get high” or because of being “hooked.” (NIDA)
Is This Drug Dangerous?
Xanax is a dangerous medication that can easily cause death. It is never recommended to take Xanax without a doctor’s approval and prescriptions. It is also hazardous to take more than the prescribed amount. The risk for accidental overdoses and other serious medical emergencies is very great. Unfortunately, today the popularity of Xanax among younger generations and people who are into partying with drugs and alcohol has made this drug very sought after. The only reason anyone should require Xanax is that they have mental health or emotional health disorders (i.e., anxiety) or because their medical condition requires them to take it.
The worst situation is to combine Xanax with other drugs or alcohol. The risk of accidental overdose is huge when someone takes too much Xanax and consumes alcohol or other depressant drugs. Xanax is a central nervous system depressant. Alcohol and opioid drugs are also depressants. Therefore, the cocktail drugs of alcohol and Xanax or heroin and Xanax can be fatal, and you can easily see why—potent drugs like Xanax and others slow the heart rate, respiration, and brain responses. If someone takes more than one depressant, they are likely to die, get in a severe accident, or suffer an injury.
While on Xanax, There are Things You Should Never Do
To be safe when taking Xanax, it is never legally allowed to drive or operate machinery or be in charge of small children or the elderly. Other restrictions for when you are taking Xanax mainly include not using other drugs or alcohol. As stated before, the risk of accidental overdose is tremendous. The National Institutes of Health further discuss the dangers of missing Xanax with other drugs or alcohol. It is considered a lethal mixture when Xanax is combined with other substances.
Alprazolam [Xanax] may be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose; take it more often or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Drinking alcohol or using street drugs during your treatment with alprazolam also increases the risk that you will experience serious, life-threatening side effects. (NIH)
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Many people do need help with benzodiazepine abuse. Still, in general, when taking Xanax, if you follow the prescription closely and do not engage in certain activities ( i.e., Driving) and never combine it with other substances, it is a safe medication. However, the fact is that the number of people struggling with an addiction to Xanax is significant. Therefore, the first step to ending addiction to Xanax is for the individual to be admitted to a medically supervised Xanax detox center.
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We provide access to a Xanax detox that provides a taper regimen to get you through the uncomfortable detox portion of your recovery safely and easily. Don’t risk dying because of your Xanax use or addiction. Today more than ever, people have let go of drugs and alcohol and are successful and feel good about their lives.