Dangers That Follow Alprazolam Addiction

Prescription pill bottles.

The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam. Xanax and alprazolam are benzodiazepines that work by enhancing the activity of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. Alprazolam is prescribed to treat panic and anxiety disorders and anxiety caused by depression. People with a generalized anxiety disorder or insomnia typically benefit from the drug; however, alprazolam addiction is widespread and can cause adverse side effects. 

Is Alprazolam Addictive?

Tolerance to alprazolam or Xanax can quickly develop, causing the user to take more than what’s prescribed or frequent doses. A person who forms an alprazolam addiction may easily take up to thirty pills per day. Typically, a person is able to tell if someone is showing signs of addiction due to behavioral changes or them displaying withdrawal symptoms. 


If a person continues Xanax drug use after experiencing difficulties, this is a significant sign of physical dependency. In addition, the inability to stop using, obsessing or lying about the prescription drug, or sudden financial issues or work ethics are behavioral signs of addiction. 


Addiction to Xanax is common because people will attach themselves to the intense calm or relaxed state of mind that follows consumption. The substance is a central nervous system depressant that attaches to certain receptors in the brain to produce a relaxing arrest on the mind and body. Oftentimes, it serves as a distraction or a coping mechanism to stress, worry, and anxiety inflicted by everyday responsibilities. 

What Are the Side Effects of Alprazolam Addiction?

Xanax abuse can be followed by numerous forms of consumption, such as taking multiple pills, snorting, use of blotter paper, and injecting it into the veins. There are many cases where users will mix the drug with alcohol which can lead to both prescription pill and alcohol addiction. Treatment is highly advised if symptoms worsen after drug interaction. 


Alprazolam addiction symptoms include: 


  • “Brain fog”
  • Depression
  • Mood swings 
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drowsiness or vomiting 
  • Lack of motor coordination


Addiction can lead to a coma or an overdose; therefore, immediate medical assistance is necessary. An abuser of the drug may experience suicidal thoughts, increased anxiety, and depressive episodes. Drug addiction is a serious mental disease that requires therapeutic methods and support to reduce or treat, especially if a person forms an addiction to alprazolam. 

Resources at Better Addiction Care 

At Better Addiction Care, our team of professionals is dedicated to helping you or your loved one to receive the proper treatment needed to sustain long-term sobriety. We offer various types of treatment like our PHP programs as well as our outpatient services. Our motive is to make sure that you are well provided for and can return to living a life under your control. 


Speak to a specialist at Better Addiction Care by calling 800-429-7690 to get started. Ask about our treatment therapies and get on track today!


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