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The drug crisis that seems to be perpetually in the news these days is the opioid epidemic. It remains at crisis levels the world over. However, as so much of our attention has been focused on opioids, with good reason, a familiar problems seems to have come back. Xanax abuse has been steadily rising in the last decade, due largely to easy access since it is widely prescribed by doctors. This has led to a resurgence in Xanax addiction.
Xanax is the most widely prescribed benzodiazepine drug. It is part of the same family of drugs as valium and it is prescribed largely for anxiety and related issues. Xanax is designed to be a short-term treatment for anxiety, but it is so widely available that there are now people who have been taking it with daily regularity for years.
Xanax becomes problematic when it is abused. When people begin using Xanax just to manage their daily lives, it becomes a problem. There are also those who abuse Xanax right away. People take too much of the drug to deliberately become high. Some even crush up the pills and snort them. Even more dangerous is the tendency for many people to combine Xanax, and other benzodiazepines with alcohol, an often lethal combination.
But even those who believe they are not abusing the drug are in fact finding themselves basically addicted to it. Doctors point out that people who have been using Xanax for long periods of time, even with a prescription, are no longer using the drug for its therapeutic effects. Many of these people are taking the drug just to treat the withdrawal they experience from not taking the drug. In this way the cycle of addiction becomes entrenched.
Xanax is potentially lethal. The United States saw a dramatic increase in Xanax overdoses in the first decade of the 21st Century. Xanax overdose can be lethal since benzodiazepines lower respiratory function, among other potentially dangerous complications. What is more, withdrawal from Xanax is extremely dangerous. Having become dependent on Xanax, people require medical intervention for a full medically assisted detox. Withdrawal may include potentially lethal seizure.
Signs of Xanax abuse include nausea and vomiting, headaches, memory loss (both short-term and long-term), depression, lethargy, and fatigue. The problem of Xanax abuse and dependence has steadily risen in the last decade and a half. It seems to have flown under the radar as so much of the world has become focused on heroin and other opioids.
As stated above, if you or someone you know show signs of addiction to Xanax. Or any other drug in the benzodiazepine family, seek medical assistance. There are treatment programs available for short and long term recovery from Xanax addiction. Many of the same methods and techniques already in place to treat most other addictions are effective in treating Xanax addiction. As use and abuse of Xanax makes a come-bock of sorts. The treatments and forms of intervention necessary to assist people who struggle with abuse and dependence remain in place.
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