Abuse to Addiction
Drug abuse is different from addiction, and there are people who abuse Xanax that don’t become addicted. Xanax abuse is when someone misuses the drug on an irregular basis or to deal with specific situations, and can stop using it at any time. Someone addicted to the drug feels a strong impulse to use it and has a difficult time stopping. Eventually, someone with an addiction will develop a dependency and have a difficult time functioning without the drug.
However, it is important to address Xanax abuse as well. People who abuse Xanax have a high likelihood of developing an addiction. Stopping Xanax use is usually easier in the abuse phase.
Symptoms of Xanax Addiction
Xanax has significant physical and psychological side effects. When someone starts abusing the drug, they will start feeling tired more often and have difficulty with hand-eye coordination. An abuser will often have a hard time remembering details and have difficulty completing tasks.
The following list of symptoms and signs can help you to determine if Xanax use is an issue in your life or the life of a loved one:
- Easily irritated or annoyed
- Disrupted memory, trouble remembering things
- Lack of coordination
- Decreased sex drive
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
Additional social symptoms include isolation, reduction of time visiting friends, missing school and work, sleeping for extended periods of time, and legal consequences. Xanax is often abused in conjunction with other drugs or alcohol, which greatly increases risks and effects. Mixing Xanax with alcohol can, and often does, cause fatality because of the slowed internal responses such as coma or respiratory distress. At The Carter Treatment Center, we offer a top-rated outpatient program that will help you keep your sobriety.
Long Term Effects of Xanax
- Memory loss
- Liver damage
Areas We Serve
Our treatment center is centrally located, so we can treat patients with drug and alcohol addiction in Suwanee, Cumming, Alpharetta, Canton, Dawsonville, John’s Creek, Milton, Gainesville, and Roswell, Georgia. If you are a resident of one of these cities or a community near these areas, please reach out to our team for help. We are here to help guide you in recovery and to foster growth, joy, and strength—living in sobriety.
Do Not Stop Taking Xanax without Help
It is dangerous to stop taking Xanax cold turkey when someone has been abusing it. If the body has formed a dependency on the drug, then stopping immediately will have serious side-effects, including seizures, blurred vision, heart palpitations, and paranoia. If you or a loved one have been abusing Xanax and want to stop, it is critical that you check-in to a medical detox center where professionals can help you manage the symptoms.
Following detoxification, enrolling in rehabilitation is the best way to take real steps to recover from an addiction. While the acute withdrawal symptoms will be gone within a month, long-term side effects such as cravings and anxiety can last for years. Additionally, people who do not take the time to address the underlying factors of an addiction are much more likely to relapse.
Our approach to addiction treatment allows us to tailor your program to fit what will best benefit you. From nutritional counseling to Tai Chi, we are sure that there will be a therapy that you will find enjoyable and beneficial.
Our holistic therapies include:
- Adventure therapy
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Group therapy
- Life skills coaching
- Sound therapy
These treatment therapies, along with tradition group and individual therapy and basic rehabilitation foundation help us to better nurture a thriving path to sobriety.