Xanax is the No. 1 prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. While it has been proven to be a successful treatment for people with anxiety disorders, it has also become a widely abused, highly addictive drug when taken for nonmedical purposes. At least one in five people who take Xanax and other benzodiazepines are misusing the drug, research has shown.
Xanax actively reduces your inhibitions, allowing you to relax and not overreact in situations that would normally make you anxious. It only takes a few minutes for Xanax to enter your bloodstream and begin to create a state of pleasure and euphoria, which is why so many people use this drug for nonmedical purposes. Xanax is a well-known recreational drug that is often used to enhance the effects of alcohol in social situations such as parties and concerts.
Most people develop a tolerance to Xanax very quickly, which leads them to take more and more pills to achieve the desired effects. Some people with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 or more pills per day – and when they try to stop, they experience unsettling withdrawal effects like anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and tremors.
Some statistics about Xanax use in the United States:
If you continue to use Xanax even after you have recognized its negative impact on your mental and physical well-being, you may need to seek help for drug addiction. Using Xanax recreationally, or in excess of your prescribed amounts, can be dangerous to your physical and mental health. Other signs that you may have an addiction include:
Many people are reluctant to seek addiction treatment for Xanax because they are apprehensive about the withdrawal symptoms that can accompany detoxification. At Discovery Point, our medically assisted detox program assures that you have around-the-close support and guidance, including medications that make your detox and safe and comfortable as possible. After detox, our addiction specialists help you identify and address the underlying causes of your addiction to Xanax, which are often tied to co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and others. Throughout your rehab program, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a successful, long-term recovery.