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How to Help a Xanax Addict

If you're fighting an addiction to Xanax, a drug commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and associated insomnia, you don't have to battle your addiction alone. Treatment centers provide you with the support you need to beat your addiction and regain control of your life. It's not hard to find Xanax addiction help. Simply call our helpline at (800) 943-0566 to find a treatment program in your area.

Videos on Xanax and other benzodiazepines

Xanax Help question 1

Is Xanax Addictive?
Xanax is a depressant that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. According to MedLine Plus, a website designed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax is addictive if it's used over a prolonged period of time. Anyone who takes Xanax can become addicted, even if he or she takes it exactly as the doctor prescribed. To learn more about the dangerous effects of Xanax use, call our helpline.

What is Xanax?

Xanax (alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug first introduced in 1976. (source) It has strong anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, muscle relaxant, and sedative effects, (source) (source 2) and is often prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. As an intermediate-acting drug, it takes effect in 30-90 minutes. (source) Like most benzodiazepines, it has a great potential for addiction and abuse when used long-term. (source)

Other names for Xanax

  • Alprazolam
  • Xanax XR
  • Niravam (source)

Physical and mental effects of Xanax

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax are used for:

  • Sedation
  • Inducing sleep
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Treating muscle spasms
  • Prevention of seizures

Side effects of Xanax

  • drowsiness
  • light-headedness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • nausea
  • headache

Lasting health effects of Xanax

Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as Xanax is associated with:

Effects of Xanax overdose

Effects of benzodiazepine overdose can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma

Effects of Xanax withdrawal

  • Muscle tension
  • Digestive upset
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tingling, pins and needles, or numbness in extremities

Yearly deaths linked to Xanax and other benzodiazepine overdose

United States

Deaths involving benzodiazepine overdose (CDC WONDER query, ICD-10 code T42.4)

Xanax-related emergency room visits due to nonmedical use

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Xanax Help question 2

What Are the Signs of Addiction?
Xanax abusers show signs of addiction in nearly every aspect of their lives. Users need to get help from a substance abuse hotline. It common for a Xanax abuser to miss work, and you might also notice that a user sleeps more often than normal. The medication relaxes you, and can cause drowsiness. Addiction can also affect the person's personal relationships. He or she may develop strained relationships with close friends and family. It's also common for a user to experience marital problems.

Xanax Help question 3
Am I Addicted to Xanax?
People who have been prescribed Xanax, normally for anxiety or insomnia, might feel withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue the use of the medication. This is because their bodies have developed a chemical dependency to the drug thanks to long-term use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction occurs when a chemical dependency is combined with a strong desire to use the substance.

If your body is dependent on Xanax, and you have an uncontrollable urge to use the drug, call (800) 943-0566 for more information on Xanax abuse help.

Xanax Help question 4

Am I addicted to Xanax?

  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you don't use Xanax
  • Do you have an uncontrollable urge to use Xanax
  • Does your Xanax usage affects other areas of your life
  • Do you hide or disguise your Xanax addiction from other people

If you answer yes to any of these, it’s time to seek help by calling (800) 943-0566.

Quotes from benzodiazepine addicts

???When my wife came to pick me up, she found me soaking wet walking in the rain on a 40 degree night. I had convinced myself I was in hell ??? truly. This was my eternity. In fact, I was in hell. Nobody could convince me otherwise. The pain was unimaginable. My brain was screaming for benzos.??? (source)

Xanax Help question 5

Xanax Addiction Treatment
People successfully recover from Xanax addictions using both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. However, people with more severe addictions might need the stability of an inpatient treatment center to recover. It's important that you consider all of your options and choose the treatment program that's right for you.

There are two types of outpatient treatment programs. A daily check-in program only requires you to meet with a drug abuse counselor once a day, while a day-treatment program requires you to stay at the treatment facility for eight hours per day. As you don't live at the treatment facility, it's common for drug abuse counselors to give you random drug tests to ensure you're on the right track.

Inpatient treatment programs allow you to recover in an environment that is free from temptation. The centers have medical staff on hand to help you through the detoxification process. In the facility, your day revolves around your recovery. A typical day could include group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, recreational activities designed to teach you how to have fun without drugs and educational lectures about drug abuse.

Xanax Help question 6

Call Our Hotline Today
You don't have to battle your addiction to Xanax alone. If you’re addicted to this drug, sometimes called purple footballs, bars or Z-bars, our hotlines ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you. Just call (800) 943-0566, so we can find a suitable recovery program for you.

Need Help Understanding Your Addiction Treatment Options? Call 1-888-747-7155.