Xanax is very popular in the United States – it’s the No. 1 prescribed psychiatric medication in the country – and it is used to treat anxiety and other mental health disorders such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and many phobias. It provides the user with a sense of calm, relief and relaxation that lessens the intensity of their disorders and phobias.
In some instances, it can also 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.
Many people use Xanax to help them cope with anxiety and other disorders without seeking help from a therapist – basically treating themselves and avoiding the time-consuming and costly experience of seeking professional counseling. It provides a quick and easy solution, and people like the fact that they can take it when they need it when stressful situations arise.
But Xanax can also be dangerous, especially when used without a prescription or when taken in larger dosages than intended. This misuse can create a feeling that goes beyond calm and relaxing into a state of euphoria that takes effect quickly. It has become common for some people to use Xanax like “alcohol in pill form” – and in some circles people share their pills with one another frequently.
Most people develop a tolerance to Xanax very quickly, which is one reason why they may start with a prescribed dosage but eventually take more and more pills to achieve the desired effect. This can quickly spiral out of handsome people with an addiction who may take 20 or more Xanax pills per day – and when they try to stop, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
One of the first signs of a developing addiction to Xanax is if you continue to use the drug even after you’ve begun to experience some of its negative effects on your mental and physical well-being. Other signs that you may have an addiction include:
Going through withdrawal from Xanax can be difficult, and it’s not something you should attempt on your own. With the attention and care of a medically assisted detox program, you can be assured that you have around-the-close support and guidance, including medications that help you cope with your withdrawal symptoms and make your detox as safe and comfortable as possible.
After detox, our trained specialists can help identify the underlying causes of your addiction to Xanax and address mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and others that contribute to your substance abuse. Throughout your drug rehab program, professionals are on hand to help you achieve a successful, long-term recovery.