Xanax is just one of many drugs out on the market that has been causing addiction for people who struggle with quitting. One of the more addictive drugs out there, Xanax abuse usually requires treatment and detox for people with support and help from professionals. Learn more about the potential signs of Xanax abuse and how to know what to do if a loved one is struggling.
The first thing to be mindful of when watching a loved one’s behavior is to notice the little things. Most of the time, the changes are subtle enough to pass under the radar – until people take a closer look. It may become something like lying around more often, less energy (lethargy), and wanting to do fewer things socially than normal. Memory loss and irritability are signs a person is abusing Xanax, which can pop up at any time for people who might be under stress.
Some of the physical shifts that take place for a person with an addiction to Xanax usually show up in how they feel. They might express feeling dizzy or appear drowsy. They may want to have sex less often than seems normal for them or complain of nausea. Withdrawal symptoms might include muscle pain and even heart palpitations, but it depends on the person. Withdrawal happens when they don’t have the drug in their system. They will exhibit different symptoms depending on whether they are in withdrawal or actively using the drug at the moment.
One of the tell-tale signs of addiction to any prescription drug, especially Xanax, is the discovery they are looking for it outside of a doctor’s office. If they are not able to get a prescription and get the drug for themselves, they may be turning to other sources to get their drugs. Due to the habit-forming qualities, prescriptions may need to be refilled only a limited number of times. A loved one may turn to the streets, black market, or internet to fulfill their need to have the drug. Against all better judgment, they may seek drugs in unsafe spaces that put themselves and others at risk.
The best way to seek help for someone is to notice the signs and carefully consider confronting them about the abuse. It helps to have an interventionist, but it might also be important to express concerns to them and find hope for healing on the other side of addiction by offering to help them seek treatment. Treatment can only happen if someone is ready to admit they need help. Until then, they are not likely to get what they need from treatment. If a loved one may be abusing drugs, it is helpful to talk to them and offer to support them the best way a person can, by offering unconditional love and helping them seek treatment.
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