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There are a number of prescription drugs which are addictive. Opioids take up a lot of space on the news and the internet, but other frequently prescribed drugs are prone to being abused and the addictions which come with this are also dangerous.
Xanax is one of these potentially dangerous and addictive drugs. It belongs to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines, Xanax stands out because it is so frequently used and abused. These drugs are generally and widely prescribed for chronic and acute anxiety, seizures, alcohol withdrawal as well as other mood disorders. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a physician, Xanax is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety. In most people, the side effects are drowsiness, lack of awareness and attention, and general lethargy. When abused, Xanax can be extremely dangerous.
When taken alone, Xanax overdoses rarely cause death, but since Xanax is commonly taken with alcohol it has become a deadly drug. The combination of Xanax and alcohol can be lethal. What is more, since Xanax does impair users in ways which are similar to alcohol, taking too much and driving or attempting to do other high-risk activities is also potentially lethal.
Xanax is addictive. Signs of Xanax abuse include extreme drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion, and lack of coordination. Chronic abuse can lead to insomnia, anorexia, and anxiety. It is ironic that these last symptoms are some of the conditions the drug is used to treat. Over time, it is possible to become physically and psychologically dependent on Xanax.
Withdrawal from Xanax can be dangerous. People who are physically addicted to this drug are prone to seizures, to name just one serious and potentially fatal consequence of Xanax withdrawal. If you suspect that you may be dependent upon Xanax, or any other benzodiazepine, it is best to consult a physician before you attempt to stop using the drug.
Since Xanax is so frequently prescribed anxiety and mood disorders, the problem of addiction is compounded. People who are addicted to Xanax will most likely require some type of recovery program. The addiction itself can be difficult to overcome. The issues and problems which lead to using Xanax will also need to be assessed and treated. There are programs which treat this entire complex of issues. These are recovery programs which use treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Training which get to the root of the behaviors and thoughts at the heart of the addiction. By treating the whole problem, this type of treatment will guide people throughout the early phases of withdrawal and initial stage of recovery. CBT is one of the treatments used at DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab Thailand. This is a clinically proven method of drug addiction treatment. The full range of emotional and physical issues which come with Xanax addiction can be properly addressed with CBT as well as the difficulties which lead people to use Xanax and other benzodiazepines in the first place. The treatments at DARA cover the full range of addiction, recovery and psychological well-being.
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