Xanax addiction is becoming more and more common because Xanax is one of the drugs most frequently prescribed in the U.S. Xanax is the brand name for the tranquilizer Aprazolam and it is used to ease the symptoms of moderate anxiety and panic attacks. While this type of drug is considered to have low probability of abuse, because it works so well at easing anxiety, addiction to Xanax is starting to become more prevalent.
An addiction to Xanax normally sneaks up on the user. It provides a calming effect to people under stress and can even cause a euphoric feeling. Taken in the prescribed doses, this does not normally cause a problem. Those who abuse the drug, try to keep this good feeling going and start to increase the amount of the medication they take. This causes the user to develop a tolerance which results in them taking even more. Before the user knows it, their prescription has expired and they may start to buy Xanax illegally. In fact, most people who become addicted, very seldom get the drug legally. Someone who is addicted to Xanax usually takes 20 to 30 pills a day.
The side effects of Xanax abuse can include things like muscle cramps, drowsiness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, coordination, and concentration, and slurred speech. Fortunately, for someone who wants to stop taking the drug, the withdrawal is not nearly as severe as with drugs like cocaine or alcohol. Probably the most difficult thing about withdrawing from an addiction to Xanax is that the feelings for which the drug was prescribed in the first place will return.
Someone with a serious addiction may have to undergo detox and take part in a treatment program at a drug rehab. This can mean a certain amount of time in a residential program, then day treatment, and possible private therapy after that.