Xanax (generic name: Alprazolam) is the brand name of a drug that is commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders to help calm down brain activity. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which means it is a type of tranquilizer or sedative medication that is useful for treating symptoms of disorders that create anxiety. However, Xanax is also a highly addictive substance and just a few weeks of using the drug can create dependence, causing the drug to be misused and abused frequently.

What Happens When Xanax Is Abused?

Sedatives, tranquilizers and anxiolytics are depressants that affect the functioning of the central nervous system and slow down brain functions. As a patient uses them for longer, their brain and body adjust to the effects of the drug, thereby requiring higher and higher doses for the same effect. Misuse, abuse or long term use of Xanax leads to dependence on the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful or uncomfortable, and when combined with other substances such as alcohol, the effects can be deadly. 

Some Negative Side Effects Of Xanax

Signs Of Addiction To Xanax May Include:


Going to extraordinary lengths and spending significant amounts of time and money to obtain Xanax


Developing tolerance to Xanax over longer term usage or misuse, requiring increased doses to get high


Exhibiting painful and sometimes harmful withdrawal symptoms such as suicidal ideation, insomnia, rebound anxiety and extreme fatigue

Risky Behavior

Engaging in dangerous activities while on under the influence of Xanax, such as driving and operating machinery

Neglect of Obligations

Dropping personal, family and work obligations in favor of continuing the use of Xanax despite serious consequences

Treatment For Xanax Addiction

In the early phases of using Xanax, consider reducing the risk of addiction by seeking other alternative treatment methods for anxiety such as supplements, therapy, and holistic practices. If a Xanax prescription is necessary, being extremely careful to not misuse or abuse the drug is important. For anyone with a tendency for addiction, speak with your doctor prior to taking Xanax.

Medical Detox

Because of the severity of addiction to Xanax, and the nature of withdrawal symptoms, a medical detoxification is necessary to detox safely. Recovery can take a long time with Xanax, because the drug must be tapered off very slowly in order to reduce painful withdrawal.

Well Defined Treatment Plan

Xanax is a drug that’s not easy to just quit. It requires a well defined treatment plan that includes a slow but steady detox plan, as well as medical assistance for Xanax withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, tremors, headache, vomiting, and in some cases, heart problems and seizures.


Following detox, it is important to continue treatment that can help with long term recovery. Some commonly recommended options include:

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While Xanax addiction can be severe and painful, with treatment and commitment recovery is possible. Despite the risk of relapse it is possible to successfully recover in the long term and lead a normal, independent life.

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