What is Xanax?
Since their introduction in the 1960s, drugs categorized as benzodiazepines*, have been widely prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia, alcohol withdrawal and other conditions. Although highly effective for their intended uses, these medications must be prescribed with caution because they can be highly addictive.
Xanax (Alprazolam) has a calming effect, which makes it difficult for patients to stop using it. Patients can find it hard to deal with stress and anxiety when not taking the medication, which leads to Xanax addiction.
How Does One Become Addicted?
Alprazolam is one of the most common and most abused forms of benzodiazepines. The drug is very powerful when someone becomes addicted. People can recognize the real effects by seeing what Xanax addiction does to the individual’s relationships, mind, and life.
Tolerance to Xanax develops quickly, requiring the user to take more of the drug to achieve the desired effects. Someone with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 to 30 pills per day. If the user decides to stop taking Xanax, they may experience withdrawal effects, such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and tremors. The onset of withdrawal symptoms is a sign that a physical dependence has developed.
What are the Effects of Xanax Abuse on the Mind and Body?
Short-term memory loss is a result that addicts suffer from after years of drug abuse. It involves having false memories or having no memory. Some people even have problems talking and are unable to put a sentence together. Recovering from Xanax addiction is not easy and addicts can experience painful side effects. It is emotionally and physically painful.
Some addicts experience loss of coordination, stomach and muscle aches, migraines and headaches, mild paranoia, nausea and intense flashbacks. It is important to get help to recover from the drugs because the side effects are dangerous. Some people have felt suicidal, which is why professional help is essential when going through this phase of recovery in order to prevent someone from hurting themselves.
Addiction is hard for the families as well. It is hard to talk to the person going through the addiction. The addicted loved one may appear to be on autopilot and have trouble remembering important conversations. It is also hard for families to watch their loved one going through Xanax addiction with the fear that they may not wake up the next morning.
How Does An Overdose Happen?
What is a Xanax overdose? Simply put, it’s when you take too much Xanax and the main ingredient, alprazolam, becomes toxic to the body. The amount of Xanax you need to take to overdose depends on your body weight, previous exposure to alprazolam and individual factors.
One might accidentally take too much Xanax for a variety of reasons. If you suffer from anxiety, you make feel the need to take it more often or in higher doses than recommended. You may develop a tolerance for long-term use and increase your dosage in order to get the same therapeutic effects.
Getting “high” on Xanax by snorting, injecting or mixing it with alcohol (or other drugs) is another way that accidental overdose occurs, particularly since this takes larger amounts of the drug than are normally prescribed. Additionally, snorting Xanax versus oral administration increases your risk of overdosing. Finally, some people even intentionally attempt to overdose either to injure themselves or in an attempt to commit suicide.
The main complication related to Xanax overdose is central nervous system depression and associated risks. At high doses or when mixed with other medications, this drug can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems. Taking more Xanax than recommended can cause drowsiness and impairment of judgment that can put you in danger. Excessive tiredness and dizziness may put you at risk of accidents.