It is one of the more addictive benzos on the market due to its short half-life of 3 hours (Half-life is how long it takes for the body to get rid of half of the dose) and its quick-acting effect. The pills are available in 0.25 to 2 mg strength, abusers can consume up to 14 mg per day. Also, Xanax users may develop a tolerance; meaning the need for higher dosage to get the same initial effects.
When attempting to counter-balance the tolerance to the drug by taking higher dosages; overdosing becomes a clear threat.
What sets this drug apart from all the other medications in the medicine cabinet is its ability to make the user blackout, its high potential for addiction, and that withdrawal from Xanax is potentially deadly.
Here are some of the street names given to Xanax:
- Xannies (or Zannies)
- Xanbars, Handlebars, Bars, Z-bars, Totem Poles (referring to the bar shape of 2mg Xanax pills)
- Blue Footballs (referring to blue oval “football”-shaped Xanax pills of varying strengths)
Signs of Xanax abuse:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Memory problems
- Lack of focus
- Swollen hands or feet
- Upset stomach
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Dry mouth or throat
- Loss of interest in sex
These are more serious symptoms of Xanax abuse:
- Suicidal thoughts,
- Thoughts of harming oneself,
- Chest pain,
- Uncontrolled muscle movements,
When stopped or reduced severe withdrawal symptoms may be experienced. Reducing the dose gradually with a medical detox can prevent or decrease significantly these symptoms.
- Difficulty concentrating for weeks after Xanax is stopped,
- Hallucinations, (rare cases)
- Memory problems,
- Mood swings,
- Suicidal thinking,
- Heart palpitations,
- Muscle pain,
- Sleep troubles,
- Tingling sensations,
Xanax Addiction Help
Many Xanax users that do not become compulsively addicted to it can become physically dependent over time. They can experience intense withdrawal symptoms when their prescriptions run out.
Medical detox is necessary for people who want to get off of Xanax. This should be followed by a long-term residential drug rehabilitation program.
If you need help for a Xanax addiction contact our referral counselor for an affordable private detox and residential treatment center.
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