Xanax is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, but its effects have addictive qualities. Xanax causes surges of dopamine in the brain, which creates a pleasurable effect. Xanax's short half-life leads to quick symptom relief but causes the body to develop a tolerance faster than it would to other medications. These factors contribute to Xanax's addictive properties and prompt some to engage in Xanax drug abuse behaviors.
Xanax is also known by its street names, which include "benzos," "handlebars," "blue footballs," and "xannies"/"zannies." There is also a dissolvable version called Niravam. As a person seeks more Xanax and takes the medication without a prescription, those around them will notice changes to their behavior. People abusing Xanax are often sleepy and lethargic. Their obsession with the drug can cause strains in their relationships, their finances, and their workplace. People may abuse this drug by crushing and snorting it or by mixing it with other substances, like alcohol.
Symptoms of Xanax Abuse and Xanax Overdose
The symptoms of Xanax abuse that indicate that a person has been using too much include:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor motor coordination
These symptoms also can be signs of overdose. If you suspect someone has overdosed on Xanax, you should first check their responsiveness. If the person is unresponsive, call 911 immediately. Next, you should perform rescue breathing by lifting the chin, tilting the head, and pinching the nose. Give two quick breaths into their mouth, then one long breath every five seconds. But the most crucial action you can take to for someone in an overdose situation is to call for professional medical help.
Find Xanax Addiction Treatment
Help and understanding are available for those who want to recover from Xanax drug abuse. At BetterAddictionCare, we understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed by the symptoms of Xanax abuse and are unsure which treatment option will work best for you. When you contact us, you will speak with our compassionate staff, and we will help you decide which recovery center is a good fit for you. The Better Addiction Care family believes you deserve the best treatment possible, and we want to help you succeed, get sober, and start healing. Call today or fill out our contact form to start healing in a safe and comfortable environment at a treatment center in our national recovery network.