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How Xanax Addictions Develop

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How Xanax Addictions Develop

Alprazolam, or Xanax, is a drug often that doctors often provide as a sedative through a prescription. It belongs to a category of drugs called benzodiazepines. Most people who receive the drug are dealing with mental health disorders like anxiety or panic disorder. Other medical uses for a Xanax prescription include helping chemotherapy patients deal with nausea, managing symptoms of depression, and offering some form of relief from other health-related issues. Individuals with a Xanax addiction may benefit from receiving treatment at a rehab facility like Red Oak Recovery®. Call our treatment center today at 866.457.7590 to discuss treatment options for a Xanax addiction.

What Are the Side Effects of Xanax?

Xanax helps with symptoms of mental illness and other health problems by relaxing your muscles. It also provides relief from feelings of anxiety and general restlessness. Doctors typically only intend for patients to take Xanax for a short period. However, some people may develop a dependency, a condition where the body builds up a tolerance to the previous dosage levels.

Taking Xanax can also produce other side effects. The impact of those symptoms may increase in people who try to wean themselves off of Xanax medication without proper medical supervision. Some of the most common side effects of Xanax usage include:

  • Lower libido
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

You can also have psychological impacts because of a Xanax dependency, including feelings of confusion, problems remembering things, and a loss of your normal inhibitions. It is not a good idea to take Xanax before driving because it impairs your perception of what’s going on around you. People may also find themselves more accident-prone and end up with broken bones or other injuries.

What Happens When You Have a Xanax Addiction?

Taking Xanax is not a guarantee that you will end up addicted to the drug. Many people can take a Xanax prescription for a short period without serious issues. However, factors like genetics and environment can play a role in whether you may be more vulnerable to developing a Xanax addiction.

One of the most obvious symptoms that indicate a possible Xanax addiction is not being able to stop taking the drug, even when you see the negative impacts it causes. Other signs of addiction to Xanax include:

  • Having constant cravings for Xanax
  • Not being able to focus on anything but your desire for Xanax
  • You make sure you never go anywhere without having a supply of Xanax
  • You can’t stop taking the drug on your own
  • Finding yourself taking larger doses of Xanax because you have built up a tolerance
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking the drug
  • You start losing weight because of your drug usage

If you’re struggling with Xanax addiction, it’s time to find treatment at a treatment center, like Red Oak Recovery®.

Contact Red Oak Recovery®

The first step in getting treatment for a Xanax addiction is acknowledging the extent of your problem. Being honest about what is going on can make you more open to possible treatment options like cognitive-behavioral therapy. Red Oak Recovery® offers therapy programs to help clients overcome an addiction to Xanax and other substances. You may benefit from a residential stay at our campus or decide to participate in our outpatient program.

Our goal is to provide clients with the tools they need to overcome their addiction to Xanax. Red Oak Recovery® offers gender-specific treatment programs to accommodate individuals who feel more comfortable in a same-sex setting. Please take a look at our men’s rehab program to determine whether our treatment programs can help you.

If you’re tired of having your life defined by your need for Xanax, Red Oak Recovery® can represent the start of your recovery journey. Feel free to find out more about our programs and therapy services by calling 866.457.7590.