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Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious issue in the United States today. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a statement about American addiction today:
- “Drug and alcohol abuse is now at its worst ever in the history of the nation. No substance abuse crisis has ever transcended just that, a crisis. Last year, though, prescription drug abuse and addiction got so bad that it was increased to a nationwide epidemic. It has stayed on that level since. Truly, prescription drug abuse is one of the worst addiction problems out there. It certainly creates the most deaths and causes the most destruction.”
Prescription drug abuse is a very real problem, and it is severely underreported and underrated because of how much money there is to be made with it and how such drugs are legal and supposedly helpful and safe. For millions of people, though, they should not be legal, they are not helpful, and they most certainly are not safe.
Xanax is one of the worst when it comes to prescription drugs. Xanax is the prima donna of benzodiazepines. Xanax is a highly potent benzodiazepine. It’s actually one of the most potent on the market, which is unfortunate because it is easily the most common of them all. Xanax is commonly used to treat severe anxiety and panic attacks in people, but if often causes a result that is much worse than the initial problems that the person was struggling with.
This potent, sedative drug is actually very habit-forming and is not recommended for long-term use for anyone. Regardless of what individual doctors might say about it depending on their level of ethics, the FDA itself has announced and labeled Xanax as a temporary treatment drug, not something that should be used for too long.
As the most prescribed and most used psychoactive drug in the entire United States, Xanax is frequently abused. It is the new Valium, except it is about six to eight times more potent and more addictive than Valium is or ever was. An individual who abuses Xanax will likely appear extremely tired and lethargic all of the time to the point of being completely unproductive. They may lack their usual energy and motivation to engage with friends and family or to be productive at work and in life in general. Xanax abusers may also lose interest in normal daily activities that they used to get quite excited about. Xanax removes the happiness, activity, and joy of life in those who take it.
Signs of Xanax Abuse
There are many signs that someone is using and abusing Xanax. If you know what to look for, they’re pretty clear. It is important to know these signs and these symptoms because it is these exact physical and mental manifestations that you will see in a person who is addicted to Xanax. But why do you really need to know these signs?
Ninety percent of addicts out there believe that they are in control of their addiction. Ninety percent of addicts do not feel as though they need help. Ninety percent of addicts do not feel as though they need to go to rehab. Ninety percent of addicts will try to hide the fact that they are addicts. These are the reasons why you need to know these symptoms if you feel as though a family member or loved one of yours is addicted to Xanax. Some of the signs are:
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems; may borrow or steal to get it
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason
A Very Prevalent Drug
Sadly, Xanax abuse has spiraled out of control in the nation. The issue just keeps getting worse and worse as the years go by with no sign of them getting any better of backing off any time soon. More and more people just seem to keep abusing this drug in spite of all reasons why they really should not. For example:
- The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed to us that young adults were the most likely to have ever used Xanax for non-medical purposes. The rate of abuse for those aged 18-25 (10.3%) was nearly double that for people aged 26 or over (5.7%).
- Benzodiazepines like Xanax are frequently combined with other drugs by abusers. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 50% of the nearly 176,000 emergency room visits for benzodiazepines in 2011 also involved alcohol or other drugs too, making the effects of Xanax just that much worse.
- A 2011 study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence reported that men and women and all racial groups were equally represented among young adults abusing benzodiazepines like Xanax. It is the most non-discriminate drug out there.
Rehabilitation for Xanax Addiction
Once one becomes addicted to Xanax, the only sensible option for him or her is to go into and through a rehab program. This is really the only available approach to them. Xanax is too powerfully addictive for anyone to beat it on their own. They need inpatient rehabilitation to help not only with the detoxification side of things, but also with the actual mental address and approach to the addiction too. With inpatient rehab, Xanax addiction can finally be tossed to the side once and for all and for good, and if you know someone who is addicted, you must do what you can to get them help for their addiction.