Xanax is a Schedule IV psychiatric drug used to sedate people with anxiety and problems sleeping. This drug is commonly abused, sold on the street as “candy”, and used as a date rape drug. Xanax rehab centers are educating people on the dangers of this drug to help prevent abuse and overdose.
Xanax Rehab Centers Fighting Addiction to Psychiatric Drugs
Drugs prescribed by doctors are just as dangerous as illicit and illegal drugs. When a prescription is increased without doctor’s consent, tolerance to the prescription builds. That person will need more and more of the drug to feel normal. Without intervention, a person may turn to illegal means to get enough of the drug.
If that person cannot get enough of the drug, he or she will go into withdrawal. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be severe and need medical intervention.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on how long the person has been using the drug, and the amount taken per day. Symptoms can include cramps, dizziness, dry mouth, dysphoria, increased heart rate and palpitations, insomnia, loss of appetite, memory loss, nausea, tremors, and vomiting. Severe physical withdrawal symptoms may include grand mal seizures, hallucinations, and high fever.
Xanax treats psychological disorders and withdrawal may increase those problems. Anxiety, hyper-alertness, homicidal thoughts, mood swings, panic attacks, rage, suicidal thoughts, and vivid dreams may increase during withdrawal. It is best that those withdrawing from psychiatric drugs attend Xanax rehab centers that focus on dual diagnosis treatment.
Xanax is a commonly abused drug. Symptoms of Xanax addiction are noticeable before withdrawal symptoms become visible.
Xanax Rehab Centers Document Addiction Symptoms
When someone starts Xanax treatment slurred speech may occur, but clears up once the body becomes accustomed to the drug. If someone who has been on Xanax for a while shows symptoms of slurred speech again, it can be an indicator he or she has increased the amount of the drug taken each day. Ask the prescribing doctor if the dosage was increased and mention the slurring of speech as it can show drug abuse.
Other symptoms that may be noticeable are diarrhea, lack of appetite, lack of coordination, muscle cramps, nausea, and sleepiness. These symptoms will decrease as the body becomes used to the new dosage and will reappear when increased again. Always consult with the prescribing physician when these symptoms occur.
What to do When Xanax Addiction is Suspected?
Many times, family members deny addiction symptoms. No one wants to believe their loved one is capable of drug abuse. So, addiction symptoms are ignored until the problem becomes life threatening. Do not wait. If you suspect a love done may abuse Xanax talk to them about your concerns with the symptoms. Ask if they will discuss the reactions to the medication with their doctor.
If they refuse to listen, get angry, or deny any problems or unusual reactions you may need to stage an intervention.
Xanax Rehab Centers Can Stage an Intervention
When you are ready to stage an intervention, Xanax rehab centers can help. Call Northlake Recovery at (561)-770-6616 to speak with an intervention specialist today.