Xanax is a benzodiazepine medication that is commonly used for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. Also known as “xannies”, Xanax is easily one of the most widely abused prescription drugs available today. The draw to Xanax is that it produces a sense of relaxation and detachment, which can be appealing to many. Unfortunately, Xanax is extremely addictive, and if it is used outside of professional recommendations, it can be harmful to one’s physical and psychological health.
If you are addicted to Xanax, it might not be as easy to realize as you might think. Yes, you might think that you use Xanax to frequently, or that you should cut back. You might even think that it’s not really affecting your personal life or professional life. Even though you are abusing Xanax, you might not even know what the signs of addiction can be. However, taking the time to understand what behaviors qualify as being addictive can help you break out of your state of denial and make your way into treatment.
10 Signs Of Xanax Addiction
If you have a Xanax addiction, you will display signs of that addiction, even if you do not think you will. Some of these signs might be noticeable to you, your significant other, friends, family, and even co-workers. And while not everyone displays the same signs, some of the most common signs of Xanax addiction include the following:
- Continuing to use despite personal ramifications
Xanax addiction can be so cyclical that even if you begin to suffer ramifications of your use (e.g. increased family conflict, health problems, termination at work), you might still be inclined to continue abusing this substance. This is extremely dangerous, as the longer that you use for, the more likely you are to suffer several different consequences of your use.
- Consistently struggling to uphold responsibilities at work, home, and/or school
Your responsibilities at work, such as meeting deadlines, getting to work on time, and carrying out daily tasks, can easily become compromised when you are addicted to Xanax. Other responsibilities that you have, such as those at work and/or school, can also take a back seat to your use.
- Repeated use in physically dangerous situations
Being addicted to Xanax can cause your judgment to become blurred. As a result, you might start using Xanax when it is especially not a good idea to so. Examples might be abusing Xanax before operating a vehicle, while in crowded spaces, or when in charge of watching young children. Since Xanax causes a sedative effect, you can easily become drowsy to a point where you are unable to stay awake, making use of these instances physically dangerous to yourself and those around you.
- Continuing to use in the face of interpersonal problems caused by Xanax
As your Xanax addiction persists, you are likely going to suffer interpersonal problems with those whom you love. You may start arguing with your significant other at an increased rate, struggling to communicate with other family members, or even ignoring once-important people in your life to protect your ability to abuse Xanax or to prevent them from realizing just how much you are using.
- Needing to use larger doses in order to achieve the same effect (known as tolerance)
When your body becomes used to the presence of Xanax, it then begins requiring it in order to function. However, the more used to Xanax your body becomes, the more of it you will need to use in order to experience the effects of the drug. This is dangerous because as you continue to abuse Xanax at an increasing rate, you are putting yourself in jeopardy for overdosing, which can be deadly.
- Experiencing withdrawal, or using Xanax to prevent withdrawal
Withdrawal occurs when you either minimize your use of Xanax or stop it altogether. This often serves as one of the most common signs of Xanax addiction, as it indicates that your body now requires it in order to function. During withdrawal, you can experience painful symptoms such as migraines, vomiting, chills, muscle aches, and tremors.
- Using for longer periods of time than prescribed/planned
No one ever goes out on a limb to become addicted to a drug like Xanax. In many cases, people develop an addiction to this drug because they were prescribed it at some point in time. No matter how you started using Xanax, a sign that you are addicted to it will include you using for longer than you anticipated. This shows that you are slowly developing addictive behaviors that can lead to full-blown addiction.
- Frequent desire to minimize or stop use but being unable to do so
One of the greatest misconceptions about those addicted to drugs is that they want to stay addicted. However, that is not usually the case. Even if you want to stop your Xanax addiction, you can struggle with doing so. The pattern of your addiction can make it nearly impossible to stop without the help of professionals.
- Spending the majority of time trying to obtain and/or use Xanax
A preoccupation with Xanax (e.g., how to obtain it, where you will use it when do you need to get more) is a major sign of addiction. These behaviors show that both your body and mind are craving Xanax and its effects, especially if you are allowing them to occupy the larger parts of your day/night.
- Letting go of previously enjoyed activities or close relationships in favor of Xanax
Xanax addiction can become so pervasive in your life that you begin pulling away from people, places, things, or activities that used to bring you joy. Your main focus can easily be on your Xanax use, which is a huge indicator that you are addicted to this medication.
How To Get Help
If you are addicted to Xanax, you are probably already somewhat aware of how much these signs of addiction are currently impacting your life and the lives of those around you. And, as previously mentioned, even if you want to stop, you might not know how to, or even think that you are capable of doing so. However, all you need to end your Xanax addiction is the desire to stop. Your dedication and effort towards recovery will serve as your guiding light as you reach out and begin to obtain professional treatment.
If you are ready to take a step towards a better, healthier life, reach out to us right now. We can help you build the confidence you need in order to make sobriety a possibility.