Addiction is often an isolating, debilitating experience. It can lead to physical and psychological problems, as well as financial struggles. While many people still think of addiction as relating to alcohol and illicit drugs, prescription drugs are also commonly abused and can be just as dangerous. One popular drug that is often abused is Xanax. Being addicted to Xanax is particularly dangerous since it can cause serious withdrawal symptoms.
BlueCrest Health Group offers a Xanax addiction treatment program at our centers in New Jersey. The team at BlueCrest Recovery Center and QuickSilver Counseling Center is dedicated to helping those with Xanax addiction get the help and treatment they need to start a new life. Find the help you or a loved one needs today by calling 888.340.2214.
Can I Be Addicted to Xanax?
Yes, you certainly can. Xanax, or alprazolam, is a short-acting benzodiazepine often used for treating anxiety conditions, including panic disorder. It has a calming and sedating effect on the user, decreasing the level of excitement in the brain. However, it is also considered one of the most addictive benzodiazepines on the market.
Why Is Xanax Addictive?
Xanax is addictive due to its quick and potent effects on the central nervous system (CNS). It increases the release of a chemical in the brain called GABA, which slows down brain activity and produces feelings of calm and relaxation. These effects can be felt within an hour of taking the drug, making it a popular choice for those seeking immediate relief from symptoms of anxiety or panic disorder. However, the body can quickly develop a tolerance to Xanax, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effects. Over time, this can lead to dependence and addiction.
Signs of Xanax Addiction
Recognizing the signs of being addicted to Xanax is the first step toward getting help. Some common signs include:
- Needing larger doses to achieve the same effects
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using
- Using the drug recreationally or without a prescription
- Unable to cut back or quit despite wanting to
- Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school
- Continually using Xanax even when it causes problems in relationships
- Taking Xanax to cope with anxiety or stress
- Spending a lot of time thinking about getting and using the drug
As dangerous as Xanax addiction is, the withdrawal symptoms associated with the drug are potentially even more dangerous. Quitting without professional help can result in severe consequences.
The Dangers of Breaking a Xanax Dependency Cold Turkey
Quitting Xanax cold turkey can be dangerous due to the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. These can include:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
- Tremors or shakes
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety and agitation
- Insomnia and insomnia
If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction, it is important to seek professional help. Trying to quit cold turkey can be hazardous to your health.
What to Look for in Professional Addiction Treatment
When seeking treatment for Xanax addiction, it’s important to find a program that offers comprehensive care. You may need medically supervised detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms. After detoxing, behavioral therapy, group counseling, and aftercare at a residential or outpatient facility can help you gain the skills needed to stay sober long-term.
Call BlueCrest Health Group for Help Today
If you or someone you love is addicted to Xanax, BlueCrest Health Group can help. Our team of experienced professionals offers comprehensive care at our two rehab locations in New Jersey. We provide outpatient rehab options and sober living arrangements to help you or a loved one make progress in recovery. If you are in need of detox, we can help you find a center that can assist you during the withdrawal stages. Take the first step in recovery today and call 888.340.2214 or complete our online form for help.