Understanding Xanax addiction: Prescription Abuse

Person alone suffering from Xanax Addiction

Understanding Xanax addiction: Prescription Abuse

Xanax is both a fast-acting and surprisingly addictive drug. Addiction can often happen through prescription medication. Although a prescription is meant to assist, someone might not always be compatible with the strength of a prescription. One can develop a dependency towards prescription drug abuse, even if taken as prescribed. Now we should never fear prescription medication, especially if we have proper doctors to check in on our progress. However, if such addiction arises, prescription abuse can still be overcome. The more we know about a condition, the better we can approach your customized treatment strategy. Here are a few things to know about Xanax addiction.


What is it

Xanax (AKA alprazolam) is a prescription medication often meant for treating anxiety and panic conditions. Once taken, the drug has immediate effect on the brain by working with a receptor that blocks off any anxiety-based excitement. The effect tends to last for roughly 6 hours. Xanax is appealing for its relaxing and sedative abilities. Addiction/dependence can occur if taken longer or more than the amount the body deems necessary.



Although the short term effects are beneficial when taken properly, certain negative effects can occur soon after a short period of usage. These include slowed cognitive skills, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, drowsiness, slowed concentration, and sex drive changes. Prolonged usage can result in lasting effects such as: depression, psychotic experiences, cognitive deficits, and aggressive behavior.


Treatment for Xanax Addiction

When it comes to treating Xanax addiction, we recommend that you undergo inpatient treatment first. Inpatient treatment will allow you to move through the withdrawal symptoms and detox program under proper supervision and care. If needed, you can attend other kinds of programs to increase sober living skills. Florida Recovery Group offers multiple programs to assist your recovery. These include our: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and traditional Outpatient Program (OP). Each of these offers various therapeutic and group exercises that will equip you with proper sober living skills. With this guidance, you will be able to live a life no longer dependent on Xanax to function properly.