Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine drugs. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most addictive. Used to treat stress, panic disorders, insomnia, and anxiety, Xanax unwinds the muscles and creates feelings of relaxation and euphoria.
When Xanax users experience these enjoyable sensations, they may start to crave the drug. Xanax addiction happens fast. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, benzodiazepine addiction can form within 6 weeks and 4 out of 10 users become addicted.
If you find yourself craving Xanax and worry you may have formed an addiction, Decision Point Center can help. Call (844) 292-5010 today to take the first step towards sobriety.
Long-term use of Xanax can lead to drug tolerance and dependence. If your body learns to tolerate Xanax, you will need to take more pills to achieve the relaxing and euphoric effects of the drug, and you may feel achy or miserable without it. People with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 or 30 pills per day to achieve the desired effects. Once their prescription runs out, they may seek the drug through illegal means.
Because your body gets used to Xanax, quitting may be especially difficult from a physical standpoint. If you stop taking Xanax “cold turkey,” or all at once, you may experience symptoms of physical dependence and withdrawal.
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include:
- Numbness and tingling (in the hands, feet, or face)
- Blurred vision
- Irritability and mood swings
- Aches and pains
- Tense muscles
- Hypersensitivity to light and sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nightmares and insomnia
- Suicidal thoughts
In some cases, Xanax withdrawal can cause tremors, seizures, and difficulty breathing. If convulsions occur, withdrawal can even be deadly.
To stop using Xanax safely, you will need to quit over time and/or seek medically assisted detox and rehabilitation.
At Decision Point Center, we can manage the effects of withdrawal and help you beat drug dependency. Call us at (844) 292-5010 to get started.
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