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Is Xanax Addictive?

Xanax, the No. 1 prescribed psychiatric medication in the U.S. is also one of the most abused drugs in the country. At least one in five people who take Xanax and other benzodiazepines are misusing the drug, research has shown, either by taking more than the prescribed dosage, taking Xanax that was prescribed for someone else or by taking it as a recreational drug to enhance the effects of alcohol in social situations such as parties and concerts.

When taken as prescribed, Xanax is an effective drug for treating anxiety. It reduces your inhibitions and help you relax and not overreact in situations that would normally make you anxious or nervous. In some instances, it can be used to treat physiological symptoms such as hyperventilation. It’s versatility and effectiveness are part of what makes it so popular, along with its relatively easy availability and inexpensive cost.

But mixing Xanax with alcohol or other drugs can be very dangerous. One study found that Xanax and prescription opioids were the most common combination of drugs that result in the user making a visit to the emergency room.

It’s also very easy to develop a dependence on Xanax. As your body develops a tolerance to the drug, many people begin taking more and more pills to get the same impact. This risky behavior can quickly spiral out of control – some people take as many as 20 pills per day in an attempt to get and maintain the relief it provides. It’s possible to develop an addiction to Xanax in a matter of a few weeks.

Xanax Abuse Statistics in the U.S.

  • Approximately 50 million prescriptions are written for Xanax each year
  • 55% of nonmedical users acquired Xanax or similar drugs for free from a friend or relative
  • 70% of teenagers who are addicted to Xanax first found the drug in their own home
  • 17% of users abused Xanax that was prescribed by their own doctor
  • 11% of users bought Xanax from a friend or relative
  • 5% of users stole Xanax from a friend or relative
  • 4% of users bought Xanax from a dealer

Signs of Xanax Addiction 

  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Ignoring your daily responsibilities, such as school, work, or family
  • Spending more of your time and energy finding ways to acquire Xanax
  • Seeing more than one doctor to get more Xanax
  • Inability to stop using the drug even though you want to 
  • Inability to control the amount of Xanax you take
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

Getting Help for Xanax Addiction

Because of apprehension about withdrawal symptoms during detox, many people are reluctant to seek addiction treatment for Xanax. But at Niznik Behavioral Health recovery centers, our inpatient medical detox program provides you with around-the-clock care and supervision, including medications that make your detox and safe and comfortable as possible.

After detox, our addiction specialists begin to address the underlying causes of your addiction to Xanax. In many cases, mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and others contribute to your substance abuse. Throughout your rehab program, our teams are dedicated to providing the support and guidance you need to achieve a successful, long-term recovery.

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