Xanax is a common prescription drug in the United states, and is a benzodiazepine and mood-altering drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders, especially generalized anxiety disorder, as well as other mental disorders (such as addiction and panic disorders). Xanax is mood-altering and tends to have psychologically addictive side effects, especially when it is being used chronically, over time. In the U.S., Xanax is the top prescribed drug for psychiatric issues, such as anxiety. According to recent research, 3 out of 4 teenagers who suffer from Xanax addiction get it from their parent’s prescription.
Physical Effects of Xanax Abuse
Xanax isn’t typically physically dangerous, initially. What makes it dangerous is that people tend to develop a tolerance to Xanax very fast, which means that they need more and more to get the same effects. This can spiral and snowball until a person is taking a dangerous amount at a dangerous rate. At this point, Xanax can cause severe stomach issues, and can contribute to lasting nausea, which is followed by vomiting. With further continued use, muscle issues will occur, including muscle tremors.
Mental Effects of Xanax Abuse
Because Xanax is a psychiatric medication, most of the severe effects that it causes are mental and psychological. For example, people with Xanax addiction tend to suffer from memory problems, and can even develop amnesia over time. Because of the smooth pleasure and relaxation that Xanax causes in the brain, lasting confusion can also develop with continued usage. Once the brain gets used to Xanax and develops a tolerance, then users will begin to feel anxious and irritable without the drug.
Rehab for Xanax Abuse
One other way that Xanax is dangerous has little to do with the actual medication, but with the culture of drug use. While Xanax is a relatively mild drug, compared to many street substances, it is far too common that people get hooked and addicted to drugs like Xanax, but turn to something stronger, and far more dangerous. Because of this, it is better to get help for Xanax addiction sooner, rather than later!
Call for Help, Today!
Please don’t hesitate to give a call to the caring and professional team at Renaissance Outpatient, today! Our staff can get you or a loved one in for a consultation on how to beat Xanax addiction and get onto a path towards lasting recovery.