Xanax, along with other benzodiazepines such as Ativan or Klonopin, are used to treat and manage symptoms of anxiety disorders. The unfortunate part is these drugs can often be abused, and are highly sought after by individuals who are addicted.
Individuals who become dependent and then reduce their consumption of the drug will lead to withdrawal effects. Because of the way Xanax works on the brain, detoxing or not having Xanax once someone has been addicted can be life-threatening.
A proper detox should be administered for someone addicted to Xanax or other benzodiazepines.
Because of how strongly Xanax can affect the nervous system and one’s general mood and demeanor, the signs and symptoms of use are usually fairly easy to spot. A few to look out for are:
• “Doctor shopping,” or visiting a number of doctors to obtain more prescriptions for Xanax
• Stealing or borrowing Xanax
• Forging prescriptions
• Risky behaviors
• Decreased inhibitions
• Neglecting family or personal responsibilities
• Declining occupational or school performance
• Taking higher doses than what was prescribed
• Crushing and snorting pills to increase effects
• Taking more tablets more frequently than prescribed
Because of the unique risks Xanax and other benzos share, if you suspect someone may be abusing the drug you should confront them immediately. When combined with alcohol, the risk of death and overdose is extrapolated. For more information about Xanax detox and how to get help in recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.