Xanax Addiction

Xanax is part of a group of drugs known as central nervous system depressants. They are commonly referred to as sedative or tranquilizers because of the effect they have on the user’s state of being. Xanax and CNS depressants work by increasing the flow of the neurotransmitter gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA) to the body. GABA, in turn, decreases brain activity so that the user experiences sensations of calm or drowsiness.

Xanax is known to be a habit-forming drug and can be referred to as a bar or football. Many patients become reliant on the calming effects of the drug and their body develops a tolerance for it. They will need to take Xanax in increasing amounts to get the same sensations they initially experienced. Users intent on achieving a relaxed state also use it non-medically thus resulting in a Xanax addiction.

There are many side effects associated with both short and long-term use of the drug and they include drowsiness, light headedness, irritability, talkativeness, difficulty concentrating, dry mouth, changes in appetite and more. When Xanax addictions occurs for long periods of times, the side effects increase in severity and include seizures, skin rash, problems with speech, violent or suicidal thoughts, problems with coordination, yellowing of the skin and more.

When a Xanax addict decides to quit using the drug, they will typically experience serious withdrawal symptoms. Due to the length of time that the brain’s activity has been depressed, when a user begins cessation, the brain tends to race out of control, which can lead to seizures. Many detoxing addicts experience high levels of anxiety, insomnia and sensory hypersensitivity.

Challenges Addiction Treatment Center is one of the oldest addiction treatment centers in the state of Florida. If you or someone you know has a Xanax addiction we can help. Out treatment programs are design to suit the needs of each individual patient.