Xanax Addiction Symptoms, Signs & Side Effects

All across the state of Ohio – in cities like Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland – people are struggling with addiction to prescription medication.

Benzodiazepines is a class of drug that is commonly prescribed. Unfortunately, these drugs are also abused frequently. Benzodiazepines include drugs like Valium, Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax. Xanax – the brand name for alprazolam – is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines.

Here we will explore Xanax addiction symptoms, Xanax addiction signs and the side effects of Xanax.

Xanax Addiction Symptoms, Signs & Side Effects

Xanax Side Effects

Xanax impacts the brain and body in unique ways, and most of the common side effects that people experience with the medication are because of this. Typically, Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and it has a relaxing and sedating effect.

The short-term effects of the medication can be beneficial, especially for people who have true anxiety or panic disorders. However, side effects can occur even if someone has a legitimate prescription for the drug.

Short-term side effects of Xanax may include extreme sleepiness, slurred speech and cognitive problems. The side effects with Xanax use are similar to alcohol intoxication for many people.

The side effects of Xanax in people who take high doses may be more pronounced. These side effects can include disorientation and confusion.

Xanax Addiction Signs

There is a difference between Xanax abuse and Xanax addiction. The longer someone abuses Xanax, the more likely they are to develop a Xanax addiction. When someone has a Xanax addiction, they have progressed beyond abuse of the drug, and they have a physical dependence and psychological addiction to it.

Xanax addiction symptoms often relate to behavioral changes. For example, someone who is addicted to Xanax may steal from friends or family, doctor shop, or lie to continue their Xanax habit.  Those who are addicted to Xanax have a tendency to make it their main priority in life, even over things like relationships and career.

Xanax addiction signs may also include taking Xanax in spite of negative consequences, taking it without a prescription and trying to stop the medication unsuccessfully.

Xanax Addiction Symptoms

Xanax has sedative effects as was mentioned above. This relates to a number of side effects that are associated with the medication. People who are using or abusing the medication may have coordination or memory problems as well as slurred speech.

Most of the side effects and symptoms of Xanax use are similar to the effects of drinking alcohol. These signs are more obvious the higher the dose a person takes.

Some other Xanax symptoms and signs can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sex drive issues
  • Urination problems
  • Changes in weight
  • Memory problems
  • Constipation
  • Skin rashes
  • Depression

Xanax Side Effects Long-Term

Because alcohol has become such a normal thing in American society, people can be shocked when hearing about alcohol abuse and addiction statistics. On television shows and movies, it is often glamorized, but it can contribute to a number of negative consequences.

Here are some national facts and statistics on alcohol abuse:

  • Every year, there are about 88,000 deaths that are related to alcohol. This is the fourth leading cause of deaths that are preventable in America.
  • In the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 86 percent of people who are over the age of 18 reported drinking at some point in their lives. 70 percent of those surveyed reported drinking in the past year.
  • It is estimated that over 15 million adults have Alcohol Use Disorder or AUD. In 2015, 1.3 million adults received treatment for AUD in a treatment center.
  • Alcohol misuse is the fifth leading risk factor for disability and premature death throughout the world.

Alcohol is a significant problem for people all over the country, and for many citizens of Ohio, this is unfortunately also the case.

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