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Xanax Addiction: Effects, Signs and Treatments

Xanax which is the trade name of benzodiazepine is medication that is typically prescribed to individuals who are suffering from anxiety or panic disorders in Toledo . The decrease in anxiety is brought forth by an increase in the use of GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter in the brain which soothes an excited mind and calms it down. The resultant effect can be extremely pleasant which is what leads to abuse and Xanax addiction.

The effect of the medication is what has caused it to be listed as a schedule 4 medication. This means that the drug has a potential for abuse.

Xanax addiction takes place after it has been used for a prolonged amount of time or in excess. Additionally cessation of the drug can lead to symptoms of withdrawal.

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Addiction to various substances can leave you wondering why you are unable to stop using them, even when they are wrecking your life. You continue to drink alcohol or use drugs although you end up doing things you are not proud of to support your dependence on alcohol or need for the drugs. It didn t start that way, of course, but now these habits have taken over your mind and body and you can t control that need for the next high and can t wait to get a buzz on. No matter what you try to do, you ve gotten hooked and simply can t fight it on your own. You ve promised your family and friends over and over that you ll stop but the promises only last until you need another high. You care more about the next fix or drink than all the relationships the addiction has cost you and the fact that complete financial disaster is just around the corner. No matter how badly this has destroyed your world, you live only in the moment, seeking another hit or drink.

Opiate Dependence

Psychological dependence to opiates increases with increased intake of the drug. Addicted people make opiate consumption their primary focus in life and since people become tolerant to it quickly, they start taking more and more of the drug which is not good. A high dosage of the drug can cause death in people due to respiratory or cardiac arrest. People can sometimes overdose on it by mistake because they want to get a higher euphoric effect out of it. Since tolerance to the drug increases quickly, it is easy to overdose on it.

Causes of Abuse

People abuse prescription drugs for a lot of reasons. Some of these reasons are as follows:

  • Feeling great and getting the feeling of being high
  • Helping themselves to relax and feel relieved
  • Increasing alertness
  • Preventing symptoms of withdrawal
  • Social and peer acceptance
  • Improving concentration and overall work performance