Signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction

Symptoms of Xanax addiction include taking more Xanax than you planned, loss of control of Xanax use, and cravings for Xanax. How can you identify and address Xanax addiction? We explore here.

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Are you looking for help with Xanax addiction?  The signs and the symptoms of Xanax addiction are the side effect of chronic use of Xanax. How can you identify them and what is that you can do to address signs of Xanax addiction are the key points to the following article. Please save your questions about treatment for Xanax addiction and post them at the end.

Xanax addiction signs

Signs of Xanax addiction include some basic psychological and physical symptoms, which occur due to either irregular dosing or Xanax abuse. These can include (but are not limited to):

1. Chronic, recreational use of the medication, distributing Xanax illegally, or administering Xanax in ways other than prescribed (a.k.a. Xanax abuse)

2. Loss of control of Xanax use (using Xanax for longer than intended, more frequently or in higher doses than intended)

3. Strong cravings or compulsion to use Xanax (even after alprazolam is no longer in the system)

4. Using Xanax to provoke euphoric feeling

5. Irregular or depressed heartbeat is another sign of problems with Xanax. Many people may experience this symptoms from the very start of the medication use, neglecting it

If you use Xanax over a longer period of time (a month or more of daily dosing), the body will develop dependence on Xanax. Withdrawal symptoms occur when doses of Xanax are lowered or interrupted after a period of dependence. That is the time when a doctor’s supervision are firmly recommended.

Symptoms of Xanax addiction

All of the above mentioned symptoms are included in the DSM-IV clinical criteria for Xanax addiction, used in primary care as a checklist for the presence of such disorder. So how can you tell if you are becoming addicted to Xanax? Here is a good checklist for a start as you begin to identify problems with Xanax:

  • abdominal and muscle cramps
  • compulsive behavior
  • convulsions
  • insomnia
  • decreased performance at work
  • obsessive thinking
  • poly-drug use
  • seek for more
  • strained relationships
  • sweating
  • tremors
  • vomiting

Xanax addiction symptoms: Can they be treated?

Xanax addiction can be treated. Under the right circumstances and with the proper addiction treatment, a Xanax addict can recovery. Help is available. What are some major ways that you can address Xanax addiction symptoms?

Planning an intervention – An intervention is the first initiative taken by people who care about the addict and his well-being. Drug interventions can be formal or non-formal, and are facilitated meeting with a Xanax addict that aims to communicate an understanding the actual situation to the addict. In fact, an intervention aims to raise awareness about consequences of drug use and its impact on addict’s family, friends and colleagues. The desired outcome of an intervention is that an addict agrees to drug addiction treatment. Bear in mind that interventions may go wrong and unpredicted responses can occur. Therefore, a good way to reach a positive result is to call in a professional interventionist.

Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment – Inpatient or outpatient programs offer a variety of Xanax addiction treatments using different techniques and practices. The basic services offered by addiction treatment programs include detox, counseling, and support services.

Inpatient treatment centers are typical rehab facilities with overnight accommodation. They offer around-the-clock care and a space away from the normal environment which can help the Xanax addict to focus on recovery. Inpatient Xanax treatment centers will deal with physical and psychological aspects of Xanax addiction in group and personal therapy sessions.

Outpatient treatment centers, on the other hand, offer typical rehab services without overnight stay, but with treatment at the doctor’s office daily or weekly.

Medications – Medications for Xanax addiction treatment can be used during acute Xanax detox or as a longer term tool to help manage anxiety. Alternative medications with lower dependency rate may be prescribed during the process of Xanax detox or over-the-counter medication can help support acute and protracted withdrawal symptoms. However, some body systems are more prine to substance addiction. It is therefore important to bavoid substituting one addiction for another.

Psychotherapy and behavioral treatment – Psychotherapy and behavioral treatments for Xanax addiction address both the emotional and psychological sources of substance abuse. The use of clinical psychology for addiction includes combinations of cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, and 12 step facilitation therapy. Psychotherapy helps you uncover and deal with the initial trauma which leads to Xanax use and turned it into abuse.

Signs of Xanax addiction

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Reference Sources: US Food and Drug Administration: Xanax drug label
Medline Plus: Alprazolam
Utah Department of Human Services: Prescription Drug Addiction
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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