Xanax is highly effective at treating anxiety, but many physicians recommend using the drug on an “as-needed” basis. The benzodiazepine doesn’t produce a “high” feeling often associated with marijuana and cocaine. Xanax increases your body’s levels of GABA – an inhibitory neurotransmitter. The influx of GABA causes individuals to feel calm and relaxed. Like barbiturates, benzos are a central nervous system depressant. Thus, it’s extremely dangerous to take Xanax with alcohol and other drugs, such as opioids.
Multiple studies have proved benzos are addictive. And even though they don’t produce the same effects as other mainstream drugs, they can cause serious side effects. At United Recovery Project, we provide personalized substance abuse treatment to help individuals end their Xanax dependency. Individuals suffering from Xanax addiction start their recovery journey at one of our two substance abuse detox programs. After detox, recovering addicts either stay at our luxury drug and alcohol rehabilitation center or participate in one of our outpatient programs. Our seasoned staff has extensive experience treating addicts from all backgrounds, including those suffering from Xanax dependency.
Xanax Addiction at a Glance
- 20 percent of people who take Xanax are possibly misusing it
- Between four to five percent of adults take benzodiazepines
- Adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are most likely to abuse Xanax
- Benzodiazepines overdoses have increased more than sevenfold since 1999
- Approximately 30 percent of overdoses involve benzos, such as Xanax
The Dangers of Xanax Addiction
Xanax can cause serious side effects and even death in the worst-case scenario. Although Xanax might make you feel good in the short term, there are various long-term dangers:
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Fatigue and weakness
- Problems breathing
- Noticeable changes in appearance
- Poor performance at work or school
- Heightened anxiety and insomnia