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Xanax Addiction and Abuse
Xanax is a medication that is available by prescription only and is used for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. It can also be used for the treatment of depression. It produces a calming effect on the brain and slows down the anxiety and panic, which in turns helps to relieve depression. It can also be by alcohol treatment centers for alcohol withdrawal.
A person may begin with a small dose of the drug and once they get relief from their symptoms, they feel that more of the medication would make the situation better and thus begin a journey to addiction. People with alcohol and drug abuse history, persons with personality disorders and chronic pain sufferers are more likely to become addicted to a medication than those who are taking it for a short term problem.
As with a lot of other drugs, such as Oxycontin, Xanax has become very easy to obtain. Many people steal it from their families or buy it from someone who is taking it. There are even online pharmacies that do not require a prescription or any form of identification to get the drug.
Even though Xanax is used to control anxiety and can causes sleepiness, abuse of the drug will often cause insomnia, anxiety, weakness and headaches. It is easy to overdose on the drug and some of the symptoms of drug overdose include headache, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. These are also the symptoms of withdrawal from the drug. Only a physician can decide when and how a person should decrease their use of Xanax.
While most people can take narcotic, antidepressant and stimulate prescription medication without any problems there are a large number that become addicted or dependent upon them. A recent study has shown that about 20 % of the U.S. population has used prescription drugs in a way other than prescribed. Cocaine, heroin and other drugs are widely abused but in recent years prescription drug abuse has become what many refer to an epidemic. Marijuana is still the number one abused drug in the nation.
Young people are very likely to try prescription drugs that are not theirs because if a medication works to control the weight of one person, or makes someone who is very sad happier, then it may do the same for them. Young people view prescription drugs as safer because they are prescribe by a doctor and are less likely to be addictive.
Drug abuse in the elderly is an increasing problem. A person that experiences depression and who has been given a prescription for this will often think that is a little helps, then more is even better.
Treatment for Xanax abuse is similar to that of alcohol rehab in that not only is the addiction treated but the overall physical and mental health of the person addressed. Addiction is often caused by feelings of inadequacy. Once a person realizes that they are addicted then they can begin the road to recovery.