Xanax is a popular brand name for the drug alprazolam. Alprazolam is a type of benzodiazepine or a type of central nervous system depressant. It is often prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Because Xanax comes with a high potential for dependence and tolerance develops quickly, it is usually only prescribed for a short period of time. It is common for people to misuse benzodiazepines, like Xanax. For these reasons, it is extremely important to take the medicine as prescribed.
Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Abuse
Xanax is not a drug that has to be taken all the time for it to be abused, but Xanax abuse still leads to a variety of issues. Signs of someone abusing Xanax may be subtle and can be challenging to pin down. But other signs and symptoms are more noticeable. If you suspect someone is misusing Xanax, look for these signs and symptoms:
- Slurred speech
- Headache or dizziness
- Increased salivation
- Decreased sex drive
- Lack of coordination
- Mood swings
- Changes in behavior
- Poor memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Taking more Xanax than prescribed
- Not using a prescription to obtain Xanax
- Doctor shopping
- Lying or hiding things
- Financial problems
- Social withdrawal
The physical signs may be the easiest to notice. However, some of these symptoms don’t occur unless your loved one is under the influence of the drug at the time you are around them. If they are not around your loved one at the time, you may not see any signs or symptoms.
Other Warning Signs of Xanax Abuse
Signs and symptoms will become more prominent if your loved one has become dependent on Xanax. They will become preoccupied with this drug, and they may begin to lack impulse control. You may notice that your loved one is beginning to lie, steal, lash out, or do whatever they can to get some more Xanax.
Although we gave you a list of signs and symptoms to look out for, everyone is different. Xanax addiction symptoms can vary, and they are often similar to other drug abuse.
Helping Your Loved One
If you notice that your loved one is showing signs and symptoms to Xanax abuse, it may be time to look into getting help. Here at Holland Pathways, we offer comprehensive care that helps people build a solid foundation for a lasting recovery.