Xanax Addiction Symptoms and Signs

Xanax, also called Alprazolam, is the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States, with over 20 million scripts written in 2018.

It is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic (tranquilizer) prescription medication that is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, seizures and anxiety associated with depression. It is a very addictive depressant that works by calming the central nervous system and producing a feeling of tranquility.

It’s so addictive that even when it is used exactly as it is prescribed, Xanax abuse and addiction are common. Why? Most people who begin using Xanax to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression notice a significant improvement in their mental health. Some then assume taking more of the drug will produce an even greater effect, so they misuse it and begin taking larger doses. As tolerance develops, Xanax actually becomes less effective and will stop treating emotional issues in an effective manner. Others may simply use it for too long, even with a prescription, and do not even realize they’re addicted until they try to stop.

Signs of Xanax abuse

Warning signs

Learning to recognize the warning signs of Xanax addiction is the first step toward recovering from its effects. There are very definite Xanax addiction signs to look out for, including:

  • Buying Xanax on the street
  • Using the drug to cop
  • General apathy
  • Mixing it with other substances like alcohol
  • Being functionally unable to work or attend school

If you notice one or more of these signs of Xanax abuse, call Miramar Recovery Center to schedule a free consultation. Our team of clinicians is highly skilled in helping people overcome addiction and become healthy and happy.

Signs of short-term Xanax abuse

If you or a loved one is new to using Xanax to ease symptoms of anxiety, depression or insomnia, it’s crucial to remain vigilant and be aware of early signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction. Early-onset symptoms and signs of Xanax abuse include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Inability to reduce intake
  • Unusual mood changes
  • Concentration problems
  • Changes in sexual performance and desire
  • Weight change (either loss or gain)
  • Doctor shopping (to get extra Xanax pills)

Signs of long-term Xanax abuse

Long-term Xanax abuse produces noticeable (and sometimes dangerous) health effects. One of the easiest signs is sedation that lasts for days at a time. Warning signs of long-term Xanax abuse include:

  • Impaired memory
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Depression
  • Periods of delirium
  • Periods of psychosis
  • Aggressive or impulsive behavior

Xanax withdrawal after sustained use can be particularly dangerous, as it requires proper tapering to avoid pain and discomfort. That’s why we recommend our inpatient rehabilitation program for anyone struggling with Xanax abuse. For more information about safe, effective treatment options for Xanax addiction and abuse, call Miramar Recovery Center at (949) 691-5036 to schedule a free consultation.