Xanax Addiction (Alprazolam): Signs and Treatment

Xanax is a medication used to treat anxiety and depression. But if you use it irresponsibly, a Xanax addiction may form.

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What is Xanax?

Xanax is a drug prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. It belongs to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines and it acts on the central nervous system by producing GABA in the body to create a calming effect.1

Xanax can be addictive when taken irresponsibly. This can mean taking it outside of your prescribed dosage, mixing it with other substances, or using someone else’s prescription.

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Understanding Xanax Addiction

Xanax works by helping increase serotonin in the brain, which is why it’s used as a medication to help with anxiety and depression. After taking the drug for a while, your body will get used to having it in its system. When the drug isn’t present and these feelings of euphoria from Xanax have gone away, your body will begin to exhibit unpleasant symptoms.

The only way to keep these symptoms at bay is to keep using the drug, which can perpetuate a Xanax substance abuse disorder. This is why it’s important to undergo detox at a medical facility.

Xanax Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

You or a loved one may develop a dependence or addiction to Xanax if you aren’t aware of how easily it can progress. There is generally a cycle of how addiction starts.

Xanax SUD Progression Cycle

The timeline for this cycle can look different for everyone, but generally, it progresses in the following order:

Xanax Addiction Signs

Common Xanax addiction signs can be physical, psychological, and behavioral.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of a Xanax addiction can look like:2

Psychological Symptoms

Some common psychological symptoms include:3

Behavioral Symptoms:

Behavioral signs of Xanax addiction may include:

Understanding Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax withdrawal occurs when the body gets used to having Xanax in its system. When Xanax is not present, the body will start to exhibit withdrawal symptoms.

Here are some of the Xanax withdrawal symptoms you may experience:4

Duration of Withdrawal

The length of withdrawal varies depending on how long you were addicted to the drug and how much of the drug you were taking. But in most cases, symptoms will subside within ten to fourteen days. In rare cases, they may last longer. A Xanax withdrawal timeline generally looks something like this:

Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax dependence generally requires a five-step treatment process as follows:

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