Xanax, also known as alprazolam and considered to be a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Xanax is a Central Nervous System (CNA) depressant belonging to a class of medication called benzodiazepines which is commonly prescribed by physicians to treat panic attacks, nervousness, and tension. However, Xanax abuse or “Xanie-popping” is now a recognized activity among many people looking to get high from the drug.
Xanax abuse is growing among all age groups, in every state and xanax abuse has become an increasing problem in the U.S., contributing to the nearly 2 million cases of prescription drug dependence reported in 2007.
Xanax interacts chemically within the brain, acting upon the central nervous system, inducing a calm, soothing, drowsy state. However, many Xanax users wind up craving the euphoria, leading to Xanax abuse and addiction. As the person begins to abuse more and more Xanax, tolerance occurs where the Xanax user must take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effect. In time, the addicted patient no longer takes the Xanax for anxiety caused by external factors, but for anxiety caused by not taking more Xanax.
Eventually, physical dependence and full blown Xanax abuse and addiction occurs where the person will experience severe withdrawal symptoms when the person attempts to quit taking the drug. One of the major difficulties with Xanax withdrawal is that it increases the initial symptoms the addict was trying to suppress. The brain, which was sedated by the Xanax, begins to race, creating even more anxiety. This, coupled with the anxiety produced by withdrawal can be extremely intense and difficult to cope with. Most people will start to feel symptoms of Xanax withdrawal within 12 hours of the last dose, and symptoms will peak within 3-4 days. Residual and lingering symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can last for months.
While many cases of Xanax abuse are accidental, arising from legitimate prescriptions, the problem of recognizing and treating the abuse remains. Loved ones may have no inkling that someone close to them is struggling with Xanax abuse. Seeking continued renewals of the prescription should be a red flag.
If you or a loved one is having problems with Xanax abuse, it is important to seek Xanax abuse help. Xanax is a highly addictive drug and the effects can be devastating. Many lose their jobs, dreams and ambitions. But, the good news is that Xanax abuse can be treated by attending the correct Xanax abuse treatment program.