Xanax Addiction Treatment
Xanax is a brand name for alprazolama, which is a type of drug called a benzodiazepine (benzos). Xanax abuse and addiction has dramatically increased in the United States over the last decade and is a very commonly abused prescription drug today.
Contact us today to speak with a counselor that can help find a detox or treatment center for someone dealing with Xanax addiction.
There are currently about 7,000 people per day who abuse prescription drugs for the first time, which is even more than the number of first time marijuana users.
Benzodiazepines are psychotherapeutic sedatives used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. SAMHSA's DAWN found that benzodiazepines were involved in 100,784 drug abuse related emergency department visits in 2002 and were the most frequently reported type of psychotherapeutic drug.
Some side effects of Xanax include: drowsiness, light-headedness, tiredness, dizziness, irritability, talkativeness, dry mouth, increased salivation, changes in sex drive or ability, changes in appetite, weight changes and difficulty urinating.
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There are approximately 1.4 million Americans aged 12 or older who are current abusers of tranquilizers or sedatives such as Xanax, meaning they've taken the drug nonmedically within the past month.
Some of the more serious side effects of Xanax addiction include: seizures, seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinating), severe skin rash, yellowing of the skin or eyes, memory problems, confusion, problems with coordination and coma.
Treatment for Xanax addiction can sometimes be more complex than for most other drugs. The reason for this is that there can be very severe withdrawal effects both on an immediate basis as well as delayed symptoms. In addition to the high risk for having a siezure if use is suddenly stopped, former Xanax addicts report symptoms of paranoia, disassociation and sleeplessness.
From 1995 to 2002, drug abuse related emergency department visits involving benzodiazepines such as Xanax increased 41%. Nearly half of the drug abuse related emergency department visits involving benzodiazepines were the result of suicide attempts.
Contact us today if you or someone you know needs treatment for Xanax addiction and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.