Drug addiction is a condition that many Americans suffer from. There are a variety of drugs that can be abused. However, one specific drug of choice for addicts is Xanax. Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a very potent benzodiazepine used to treat insomnia, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD. Xanax is also the most prescribed medication in the United States.
Xanax works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the activity of a specific chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid. This slows down nerve activity in the brain, which causes one to relax and settle down.
After taking Xanax, the peak effects of the drug take place within 1 to 2 hours. Then, the drug will stay in the circulatory system for an additional 12 to 15 hours.
Those who suffer from Xanax addiction develop a serious tolerance to the drug. This means that they will usually take more of the drug in order to achieve the desired effect. In severe cases, those addicted to Xanax could take upwards of 20 to 30 pills a day.
If one chooses to stop taking the Xanax, one will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can include the loss of coordination, slurred speech, fatigue, and tremors. All of these symptoms are present because the drug is a CNS depressant. If these symptoms are present in a person, it is entirely possible they have already abused the drug.
Once someone is fully in a Xanax addiction, all other responsibilities involving work, school or any other important activities are placed underneath the desire to re-obtain Xanax at any means.
If one wishes to stop taking Xanax altogether, they cannot merely just stop taking it. There is a phenomenon called the “rebound effect”. This is the re-emergence of symptoms that took place when taking a medication. However, abruptly ceasing to take Xanax can result in severe rebound symptoms that could potentially be deadly. Instead of immediately stopping to take the drug, the gradual amount must be gradually tapered in order to avoid severe rebound symptoms. This will help the symptoms of withdrawal decrease.
Being addicted to Xanax is a serious condition because a person will gradually become physically and psychologically dependent on the drug. If you or someone you know is affected by this condition, seek assistance immediately before the condition exacerbates into something more serious.