Long-Term Dangers of Xanax Dependence

Today prescription drugs are prescribed every day for a variety of reasons, which include anxiety disorders. Patients are given a set of directions from their doctor for how much and how long to take them. Some patients become dependent on Xanax because they perhaps had more refills than necessary or they took more than the recommended dosage.

As one of the most popular prescribed drugs, the brand name for Xanax is alprazolam. Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine or benzo that is only recommended for use up to six weeks. This drug usually is for those who suffer from anxiety and get relief when used as prescribed.

According to the National Health Statistics Reports from 2014–2016, benzodiazepines were prescribed at approximately 65.9 million office-based physician visits. The rates for women being prescribed the drug were also higher than the men (at 34 visits per 100 women).


What to do when you’re addicted to Xanax

Some of those that get dependent on Xanax may have never been addicted to a substance before. They may just happen to think since the prescribed dosage worked so well that taking more couldn’t hurt. This is where it can become very dangerous due to the fact benzos only take about a month or less to become dependent upon. People don’t realize they’re addicted to these pills until it’s too late.

Then there may be those who maybe are taking it for fun. Got them from a friend or found it in their parent’s medicine cabinet. College students are especially at risk for dependency since their rate of abuse for these drugs has peaked in recent years. SAMHSA notes those rates are higher among individuals with mental illness, too, touting 31.6 percent of college students who abused prescription drugs in 2010 had a mental health disorder, compared to 15 percent of those who did not have a mental health disorder. Sometimes Xanax is abused with other drugs and especially is common to use to come down off of uppers such as cocaine or ecstasy.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

When a user is abusing benzos for a long period, it can stop being effective and treating the main reason the drug was prescribed in the first place and start to affect the body and brain. Xanax is most commonly used to calm the nerves and emotional expressions like anxiety and panic. When used too much, this drug can have the opposite effect and many create painful withdrawal symptoms.

Physical withdrawal symptoms of Xanax can include:

  • Hyperventilation
  • Troubled sleeping (nightmares, waking in the night)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Blurred vision or other visual disturbances
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears or hearing a sound that isn’t there)
  • Grand mal seizures

Although some users that abuse Xanax and other benzodiazepines may be able to stop taking Xanax suddenly, and only experience some rebound insomnia or anxiety, others may develop seizure problems, which can be extremely dangerous. As a result, medical detox is always required for Xanax withdrawal.

Get the Help You Need With Xanax Addiction

At Allure Detox, we can help. Xanax addiction is a serious chemical dependency that requires clinical supervision to ensure that a person can safely detox. At Allure Detox, we have medically-assisted detox programs that provide replacement and comfort medication that will ease withdrawal symptoms.

Our Xanax detox in West Palm Beach, Florida is overseen by an experienced clinical staff that specializes in Xanax addiction recovery. Every person who is admitted into our comfortable Xanax detox unit will be under the care of state-licensed clinicians, psychiatrists, counselors, and therapists. Each staff member of our cross-disciplinary team works together to ensure that our clients are monitored around the clock. Call us and begin healing safely from addiction today.