08 Mar Why is Xanax so Addictive?
Xanax is one of the most potent substances on the market.
You may say, well, how can that be — heroin, meth, oxycodone, alcohol and various other drugs are highly addictive, and there is validity to that. But, Xanax is a very strong benzodiazepine that gets prescribed to treat general anxiety disorder, panic disorders, and insomnia and it becomes very addictive when used long-term. Despite this, Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States, yes you read that right, number one! This may be part of the reason that seventy percent of teens with a Xanax addiction get the drug right out of their family’s medicine cabinet. These general points make Xanax the drug it is and why it should be on the radar as one of the most potent substances on the market.
So, why is Xanax so addictive?
Xanax can turn your whole life into shambles by attacking not only your physical state but also your mental and emotional state. When one starts to take Xanax, they usually start at a low dosage, but tolerance to Xanax builds very quickly and eventually will lead to the user to taking more and more each day to achieve the desired effect. Someone with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 to 30 pills per day. Once a Xanax addiction has taken hold any responsibilities one may have such as school, work, family, and friends are entirely ignored based on an attitude of drug seeking.
There are various signs of someone who is addicted to Xanax and they include:
- Continued use of Xanax even though it continues to contribute to personal difficulties
- An inability to stop using Xanax despite the desire to do so
- Loss of interest in activities they once enjoye
- Obsessing about obtaining and using Xanax
- Loss of control over the amount of Xanax being consumed
- Legal problems arising due to Xanax usage
- Risk-taking behaviors, such as a driver under the influence
People confronted with a Xanax addiction might say “it is a prescribed drug and I am taking it as prescribed.” This is the scariest thing about Xanax because even those who follow a prescription can still become addicted to this benzodiazepine. Xanax is typically abused because of the sense of relation it can cause the user. Some people abuse Xanax by taking it in higher doses and combining it with other drugs and/or alcohol to achieve a desired high.
Xanax abuse comes out in several ways.
Taking multiple pills, injecting it, snorting, consuming it via blotter paper, and taking it with other drugs or alcohol. An overdose on Xanax can be extremely fatal, especially if the drug is taken with alcohol or other drugs. Overdose can also occur if the pills are crushed or chewed because the drug is designed to be a time-released into the system. Treatment for a Xanax overdose will depend on how much of the drug was taken and whether other drugs or alcohol were also taken. There are various treatments for an overdose of Xanax but what you want to do is get in contact with medical personnel about exactly what substances were taken and how much was consumed.
The most common Xanax drug combination is alcohol or other pills and sometimes opiates to get a stronger high. Heroin users regularly consume Xanax, and 40 percent of alcoholics periodically abuse Xanax. Alcohol can be hazardous when mixed with Xanax due to the both of them being depressants.
Some staggering statistics of Xanax are:
- Emergency room visits due to the recreational use of Xanax has nearly doubled from 57,419 in 2005 to 124,902 in 2010.
- In 2013, 50 million prescriptions were written for Xanax; up from 38 million written in 2006.
- Prescription rates for Xanax have been climbing at a rate of 9 percent since 2008.
What makes Xanax scary is the fact that it is more readily available to anyone and when someone who is addicted to Xanax wants to get off the withdrawal is deadly and medical attention should be received every time for someone trying to get off Xanax.
Overcoming Xanax addiction isn’t easy but people do it everyday. Medical detox should always be the first step in treating benzodiazepine withdrawal, and an aftercare treatment program can give someone who is addicted to Xanax their best chance at achieving long-term sobriety. Seek medical help are you or a love one is addicted to Xanax so that you can have the best chance to get off one of the most powerful if not the most potent drugs on the market.