Xanax, the popular brand name for the drug alprazolam, is a type of benzodiazepine or central nervous system (CNS) depressant that is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. In a therapeutic setting, it is typically only used for a short period of time, so the prescribing doctor will slowly decrease the dosage.
Xanax is usually only a short-term solution because it comes with a high potential for dependence and tolerance develops quickly. In fact, about one in five people who take benzodiazepines like Xanax will misuse them.1 For these reasons, it is imperative that Xanax should always be taken as prescribed. Misuse and abuse of this medication, whether it was prescribed or obtained on the street, may lead to the need for Xanax addiction treatment.
Signs Someone is Abusing Xanax or Has Become Addicted
While someone who is abusing Xanax may not take the drug all the time, Xanax abuse can still lead to a variety of issues. Most alarmingly, abuse can lead to addiction and result in various problems in the person’s life because of it, especially if they put off going to drug rehab. To avoid this escalation, it is better to get someone help at the first warning signs of Xanax abuse. Unfortunately, because these signs may be subtle, this can be challenging. In contrast, signs of Xanax addiction often include physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that are more noticeable.
If you suspect someone you love is misusing this drug, look for symptoms of abuse or these Xanax addiction signs:
- slurred speech
- headache or dizziness
- increased salivation
- decreased sex drive
- lack of coordination
- mood swings
- strange or risky changes in behavior
- poor memory
- inability to concentrate
- withdrawal symptoms when not on the drug
- taking more Xanax than prescribed
- obtaining Xanax without a prescription
- signs of doctor shopping
- lying or being generally secretive
- financial problems
- social withdrawal
Physical Signs of Xanax Abuse & Misuse
Physical signs of Xanax abuse may be the most obvious indicator that someone is high on Xanax, but some of these symptoms only occur when the person is currently under the influence of the drug and taking a higher dose than recommended. As a result, if you are not around the person at this time, you may not see any Xanax abuse symptoms.
Some of the physical symptoms of Xanax abuse are also similar to those of other drugs. For this reason, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish which drug your loved one is abusing.
Warning Signs of Xanax Addiction & Dependence
When someone becomes dependent on Xanax and regularly abuses it, psychological and behavioral symptoms will be more prominent. People will be unable to control their impulse to take more Xanax and may become increasingly preoccupied with this drug. As a result, the person may lie, steal, lash out, or go about shady ways to get more Xanax.
Because everyone is different, these Xanax addiction symptoms can vary and are often not unique to Xanax abuse. Instead, you may have a general sense that something is wrong but are unsure of what.
Another major warning sign of Xanax addiction is when the person starts to experience withdrawal symptoms when they are not taking the drug. Xanax withdrawal symptoms themselves can range from muscle pain to trembling and will likely start a few hours after the person’s last dose. If you notice a pattern with the onset of these symptoms or see your loved one taking more Xanax when they arise, it may be a sign of addiction to Xanax.
If your loved one is exhibiting these Xanax addiction signs and symptoms, it is time to get them help. Xanax misuse can quickly spiral out of control and turn someone’s life upside down. Instead of watching this happen, we want to help.
Our Texas residential treatment center offers comprehensive care that helps people build a solid foundation for lasting recovery from addiction. Contact us today at Vertava Health Texas, formerly the Treehouse Rehab in Scurry, to see how we may be able to help your loved one.