In the war on drugs, opioids get much of the attention and headlines. But benzodiazepines – the class of drugs that includes Xanax – also pose a major threat to the health and well-being of the American public.
Xanax is the No. 1 prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. The calming effects of Xanax allow the user to relax and not overreact in situations that would normally make them anxious. While it is safe and effective when used as prescribed, Xanax can present serious health consequences when abused by overuse, extended use or when combined with other drugs or alcohol.
Xanax and other “benzo” drugs – such as Valium and Klonopin – are normally prescribed for anxiety or insomnia, and they are meant to be taken for short periods of time. But they have become widely abused, and they can become highly addictive when taken for nonmedical purposes. At least one in five people who take Xanax and other benzos are misusing the drug, research has shown.
It only takes a few minutes for Xanax to enter the bloodstream and begin to create a state of pleasure and euphoria, which is why this drug is so often used for nonmedical purposes. Many people take Xanax to enhance the effects of alcohol at parties, concerts and other social situations.
But it’s easy to develop an addiction to Xanax. Most people develop a tolerance very quickly, and as a result they often progress to taking more pills to achieve the desired effects. This can quickly spiral out of control – some people with a Xanax addiction take 20 or more pills per day. This leads to addiction, and they experience unsettling withdrawal effects like anxiety, insomnia and tremors when they try to stop
Using Xanax is excess of your prescribed amounts – or using it recreationally – can be dangerous to your physical and mental health. Signs that you may have an addiction include:
Have you thought about getting help for your Xanax addiction? Many people are reluctant to seek drug rehab or substance abuse treatment because they’re apprehensive about how they would handle the withdrawal symptoms they may experience during detox. But at Hope Canyon, we offer a medically assisted drug detox program that provides around-the-close support and guidance, including medications that make your detox as comfortable and safe as possible.
After your detox is complete, the addiction specialists at Hope Canyon help you address the underlying causes of your addiction to Xanax, which may be tied to mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. Throughout your rehab program, we offer therapy, counseling, and support to ensure you achieve your goal of a successful, long-term recovery.