There are quite a few prescription drugs available on the market that, although in most cases are medically effective, have highly addictive qualities. Many who become addicted fall into certain demographic categories with the ability, or lack thereof, to afford appropriate medical care.
Xanax and Anxiety
Severe states of anxiety can become chronic, with this state of mind being termed as an “anxiety disorder”. There are two primary modes of pharmaceutical intervention for such disorders. For short-term, immediate relief of severe anxiety, the benzodiazepine class of drugs can be very effective. This includes Valium and Xanax, both of which are used to treat acute anxiety as well as other related disorders such as insomnia, and “panic-attacks”.
Short-Term and Long-Term Use
In truth, Xanax is not intended to be prescribed for periods longer than two weeks. If you read the fine print, anxiety treatment using this class of drug has not been studied beyond the two-week period. The reason for the short treatment period is that one can quickly develop a tolerance to the prescribed dosage and begin to form an addiction to the substance. Therefore, it makes sense that a patient should only use it for a short period of time, or only as needed on occasion, as directed by their physician.
Under certain circumstances, when it’s been prescribed for longer periods of time, a tolerance may develop, and the drug’s continued usefulness becomes questionable. If there does seem to be some clinical efficacy remaining, the physician may choose to continue prescribing this drug. Though, with tolerance often comes dependency, and the dosage may need to be periodically increased to continue having the intended therapeutic effect.
When You Are Addicted
Simply by taking Xanax continuously for longer than one week, you can become at least somewhat physically dependent upon it, as well as psychologically dependent. Your doctor should be aware of the drug’s qualities and educated on the proper way to wean you off the drug so that you don’t experience withdrawal symptoms.
On the other hand, if you’ve been taking it for longer periods of time with no measurable effect or have only been taking it for the prescribed amount of time but at higher doses, you have most likely passed the dependency stage and entered a state of addiction.
The leading issue with Xanax use is that it can be very dangerous to “quit” without medical supervision. There are real, and serious, medical risks associated with abrupt discontinuation of benzodiazepines, which is why most doctors typically use a method that tapers use a little at a time.
First Steps, Xanax Detox
The first step to treating any addiction is to realize that you have a problem. When searching for new ways to obtain the drug or if one is overwhelmingly relieved when it’s finally time to call your doctor for a refill, it may be time to come to the realization that you’ve become addicted. It’s common to need assistance when attempting to stop the use of Xanax.
Seeking clinical help for this issue is a good measure to take when attempting to manage your use, and ultimately your Xanax detox and recovery. The power of addiction is often too much for a person to manage on their own. There are quite a few medical issues that can arise when a user is not trained or prepared to devise their own withdrawal program. Successful and safe detox takes a great deal of dedication and support which is often not an option for most people to attain without clinical intervention.
It’s important to note the particular withdrawal symptoms related to Xanax addiction. If you’ve decided to quit using, and are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor.
- Anxiety and stimulation
- Headaches and muscle pain
- Shaking: Tremors
- Running a high fever
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Rapid heartbeat/ sense of panic
- Respiratory Trouble
- Numbness of fingers and toes
- Heavy sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
When you’re addicted to Xanax, some or all the above-mentioned symptoms will commonly begin just a few short hours after the last dose of the drug is taken. Boca Detox Center offers Xanax detox in a comfortable, medically supervised environment.