Xanax addiction often begins after a doctor prescribed it as needed medication. Xanax (alprazolam) is part of the benzodiazepine family, which are is a Central Nervous System (CNA) depressants. It is used by doctors to treat panic attacks, nervousness, and tension.
Xanax addiction can be a very serious addiction, even as it is considered to have a low level of addictive power. Despite the many benefits of taking Xanax, many users have become addicted.
Those with a Xanax addiction that abruptly stop will go through withdrawal. Xanax withdrawal include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, chills, lethargy, fatigue, moodiness, crying, dystonia, paresthesia, tremor, vivid dreams, and myalgias.
Patients with Xanax addiction should be taken off of it slowly. There are easy outpatient ways to achieve a discontinuation of Xanax. These include: the Ashton method which is a gradual tapering off over a 6 to 12 week period, helping the addict feel in charge of their dosage.