Prescription drugs have created a new wave of addiction in the United States. Millions of people are becoming addicted to prescription drugs and, potentially, graduating to street drugs to feed the cravings addiction causes. Of the drugs that most commonly result in addiction and further drug abuse, Alprazolam ranks high.
Alprazolam, a prescription Benzodiazepine, is a strong anti-anxiety and sleep aid intended for short term use only. Many people who experience panic attacks, generalized anxiety or sleep problems are prescribed this substance. However, many people are being prescribed Alprazolam for longer than is recommended for. The reason is mostly due to the enormous focus on quick-fixes and pharmaceuticals in the United States in recent years. The best way to overcome such issues as anxiety and sleep disturbances is long lasting behavioral and other therapeutic methods. However, these take time and many people want a quick-fix rather than a long-term remedy.
Taking Benzodiazepines for an extended period is likely to cause a person to become physically dependent to the drug. Once physical dependence has occurred, stopping Alprazolam suddenly often results in life threatening seizures and other unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
People who come to rely on Alprazolam to overcome anxiety or sleep issues also typically do not learn other coping techniques. The drug is the only way they know to conquer their anxiety or get a good night’s sleep. This is an enormous problem as it often results in long-term use and tolerance, dependence and addiction. Commonly, the Alprazolam stops working and the person is left with a decision between stronger, more dangerous street drugs or face the source of the problem head on.
Alprazolam is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Its popularity is mostly explained by the 50 million prescriptions written for the it every year. Many people find that once they start taking it for a legitimate reason, it is difficult to stop. Without learning other, healthier coping techniques to combat the original ailment, many people find that they need the drug more often and more of it.
Abuse of Alprazolam is extremely dangerous- both using and quitting the drug. Alprazolam causes sedation and memory loss, which could result in devastating accidents and no memory of the event. You could walk to your car only to find it mangled and no idea how it happened.
Some people might start combining Alprazolam with other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol, muscle relaxers or allergy medication to intensify the downer effect. This is incredibly dangerous as overdose or drug interactions easily occur and may cause life-threatening depressed breathing, cognitive function or other critical processes.
Alcohol is a common substance mixed with Alprazolam; together the combined decrease in cognition can easily lead to harm. Alprazolam is sometimes added to an alcoholic beverage and used as a date rape drug due to its effects of sedation and memory loss as well as its ease of access. A frightening reality is that many people wake up to having been sexually assaulted, with no memory of the attacker or of the event.
Long-term use, even as prescribed often leads to physical and mental addiction. Physical addiction is apparent when withdrawal symptoms arise upon ceasing use of the drug. Benzodiazepine withdrawal is one of the few instances where suddenly stopping a drug can cause sudden death. Seizures, which are potentially fatal, are also common with Alprazolam withdrawal.
Psychological addiction or dependence occurs when a person cannot function without the substance. Alprazolam causes dependence in an extremely high number of users and abusers. Its effects on the brain create a situation where people are unable to perform functions that was possible, prior to starting the drug. In the case of someone who starts Alprazolam for a specific anxiety, once dependent, the person may no longer feel able to interact with anyone without the drug, even though initially he or she only needed it for public speaking.
Alprazolam is one of the most dangerous drugs to stop taking suddenly. Due to the life-threatening seizures, it is strongly recommended that you enter a detox facility before you stop using. If you are unable to attend an inpatient detox program, consult a physician before stopping. A taper may be necessary to successfully quit taking Alprazolam without enduring harm.
Addiction to Alprazolam is indicative of another, potentially more serious underlying issue. If you or a loved one has become addicted or dependent on Alprazolam, seriously consider attending an inpatient treatment program in order to identify and adequately treat the problem. The professionals in a treatment center will help you learn healthy coping skills to use in place of drugs and alcohol.
A life lived without Alprazolam and other mood and mind altering substances brings many blessings and possibilities. You deserve a better life, free from Alprazolam addiction, and it is possible. Get started on healing today.