Xanax addiction is especially dangerous because Xanax addiction often begins with a prescription from a doctor. Xanax addiction is a common side-effect of the prescription drug Alprazolam. The drug is a central nervous system depressant and Xanax addiction occurs when the drug is abused beyond its prescribed purposes. Used to treat many disorders from anxiety to stress,
Xanax addiction results in the overuse of the drug to suppress unwanted feelings. Whether the drug is taken every night to fall asleep or continually throughout the day to remain calm, Xanax addiction progresses quickly and has become a serious health problem for many people.
Xanax is the brand name for Alprazolam which produces a calming effect on the brain by literally slowing it down. The Xanax user might experience a drowsy feeling during the first few days until the body builds up a tolerance to the drug. This is an important factor of Xanax addiction because it is this tolerance that allows the user to take more and more of the drug to feel the same effects. Those with a Xanax addiction seek the drowsy feeling with a much higher intensity than normal people. The brain in those with a Xanax addiction associates Xanax with reward and stimulates pleasure centers that give the user feelings of euphoria that normal users do not experience.
With the increasing use and tolerance, consequences soon begin to emerge. Soon the single prescription from the family doctor is not enough to satisfy the user and those with Xanax addiction may seek other doctors for additional prescriptions. It is not unusual for individuals with serious Xanax addiction to be juggling five, ten or sometimes even more doctors, getting prescriptions for Xanax from each of them.
Clearly the cost of this adds up quickly and the user might resort to crime to get Xanax. Fraudulent prescriptions, theft of prescription pads and bogus phone calls to pharmacies are a national problem.
The wife/mother/father/waitress/truck driver/lawyer/executive who began taking Xanax on the advice of their doctor to relieve tension and stress does not do so with the knowledge that a few months from now they might be committing forgery or buying Xanax off the black market on the street. Xanax addiction slowly consumes the user in such a way that no amount of self-will and desire can halt the process on its own. Those with a Xanax addiction have developed a medical condition in which the brain and body are altered. This condition is progressive and if not treated, Xanax addiction can be fatal.
When the body and mind build up a tolerance that allows or could be said, requires that 5, 15, 20, or even 80 pills must be taken on a given day to feel "normal" that is Xanax addiction. At this point it is not even safe to just stop on your own. Physical dependence is well established and the withdrawal effects could be deadly. Brain seizures occur as the brain goes from being suppressed into hyperactivity when the Xanax is removed.
Contact us today for a private consultation about you or a loved one's Xanax addiction. We can help if you want help and we can help if the user is unwilling in the beginning. Call us today to reclaim the life you want.
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