As with any other addiction, there are various signs which can indicate the presence of a Xanax addiction or dependence. It can often be challenging to identify a Xanax use problem because in many cases, the user starts out using the drug for legitimate reasons. Doctors and other medical professionals should especially be aware of their patients’ use of Xanax and the detrimental effects of Xanax, and should especially pay attention to unscheduled requests for refills or requests for significant increases in their dosage. If an individual continuously asks for addictive medications such as Xanax when there’s no valid reason for use, that’s a common indicator of a Xanax use problem, which may eventually lead to Overdose and toxicity from Xanax.
Self Evaluation Questions to Ascertain Xanax Addiction
If you’re questioning whether you or a loved one are experiencing a Xanax addiction or dependence, you can start by evaluating with the following questions:
Do you ponder on if you should cut down or your use of Xanax?
Do you experience feelings of annoyance if others comment on your use of Xanax?
Do you experience feelings of guilt in relation to your use of Xanax?
Do you use Xanax for other reasons than its intended purpose?
Have you asked your physician for early prescription renewal? Do you feel shame, embarrassment, or uneasiness when doing so?
Do you use other people’s Xanax prescriptions?
Do you purchase Xanax without a prescription?
Symptoms of a Xanax Use Disorder
The following are common signs and symptoms associated with a Xanax use disorder:
Loss of control over Xanax use
Developed tolerance for the drug, requiring higher dosage and more frequent use to achieve the initial effects
Experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms between doses or when use has been reduced or completely stopped
Continued use of the dug in spite of having knowledge of it causing detrimental effects to your psychological and physical health
Unsuccessful attempts to stop using
Social withdrawal in relation to drug use
Inability to cope with stress without use of the drug
Using Xanax to “feel normal”
Using the drug under dangerous circumstances (i.e. operating heavy machinery)
Reduced performance at work and/or school
Lying, cheating, and stealing to obtain the drug
Experiencing issues in interpersonal relationships with friends, family, and peers in relation to drug use
Experiencing adverse health-related consequences in relation to drug use
Knowing When to Get Help for Xanax Addiction
Signs and symptoms of a Xanax use problem will vary across users, symptoms will be more severe in those who have abused the drug over a longer period of time. The symptoms of Xanax abuse are generally contingent upon one’s genetic makeup, frequency of use, and length of abuse.
If you are under the impression that you or a loved one may be suffering from a Xanax addiction or dependence and are in need of professional cocaine addiction treatment, Harbor Village is here to help! Call us today to get started with your life-changing experience and opportunity to recover your life from addiction!
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