What is Xanax?
Hope Starts Where Addiction Ends
How the abuse begins
With Xanax it is only supposed to be taken for a short space of time. This is because it is a highly addictive drug. It only takes about half an hour for it to take effect and the person is feeling happy and calm. This is a very desirable feeling. Hence as time goes by if taken for longer than it should be the body develops a tolerance for the drug. This is usually where the problem that most Xanax addict have begins. Gaining tolerance means the patient has to end up increasing their dose so they can get the desired effect. And thus begins the addiction. It is difficult for addicts to quit because they do not want to experience the withdrawal symptoms and in most cases just quitting on their own may be life threatening.
Unlike other drugs, Xanax doesn’t really give you a high where you feel like you are flying or you can pretty much do anything a superhero does. In fact one cannot even tell when a person is high on Xanax. There are however signs that shows a person has been abusing the drug. When someone is constantly drowsy and they cannot seem to keep their eyes open, this is a sign of addiction. Addicts tend to be irritable and snap at people for no apparent reason. If a loved one is complaining about having dizzy spells and sometimes blurred vision and you notice they are having trouble seeing this is another sign they are abusing Xanax. Especially if these eye problems also include double vision. Addicts tend to constantly complain of headaches and start taking pain killers constantly. One will even notice that the person they are suspecting of addiction has lapses in memory, they appear to be very forgetful even about the simplest of things. At work they can no longer focus even if they were very good at their job they are now just making mistakes. Insomnia creeps in and they can hardly sleep despite being tired. People will notice that an addict will have swollen hands or feet, sometimes even both. Addicts tend to complain of nausea which then leads to vomiting and constant upset stomach. If it is a spouse or partner one will notice changes in their loved with how they relate to them in bed. Xanax addiction has a big impact on sex drive and a spouse may realize that in that department they are lacking. Which if added with lack of coordination and slurred speech means that this is definitely an addiction. There is also signs of tremors and confusion. When people pick up on this they need to consult someone, a doctor or professional to see how they can help he person they care about. It is better to get outside help so as not to overwhelm the person. Seeking help and treatment is definitely the best way to go for someone you care about.