When it comes to Xanax addiction, there are always signs that are pervasive through every part of the addict’s life. Some of these signs include strained relationships with friends, family, loved ones, and coworkers, missing work due to not feeling well enough to work, money problems, severe changes in weight, and neglecting responsibilities at home. According to the 2011 Treatment Episode Data Set Report, 60,200 people receiving treatment for drug abuse were addicted to Xanax or other benzodiazepines.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal are not only severe, but can also be life threatening. These symptoms include depression, nausea, tremors, dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, hallucinations, hypotension, hypertension, tachycardia, seizures, coma, and catatonia.
Xanax, or Alprazolam, is part of the group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is the hardest of all benzodiazepines to quit taking because of how short the half-life is. The short half-life causes withdrawal symptoms to be very strong and start quickly. Xanax is prescribed for anxiety disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder.