Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a prescription drug. It is often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is a central nervous system depressant, and it is highly addictive.
Those who abuse Xanax or suffer from addiction will likely try to hide their drug use. Many signs and symptoms may indicate abuse.
Physical Symptoms Of Xanax Abuse
Someone who is addicted to Xanax will likely display clear physical signs. Though it is a psychiatric drug, it affects the whole body. The nervous system is responsible for the proper function of many things. Recognizing these signs is the easiest way to identify Xanax abuse in yourself or a loved one. A user may experience any of the following signs, as well as many others.
Xanax abuse is clearly seen in the presence of the following symptoms:
• Decreased libido
• Motor impairment
• Speech slurs
It is also possible that you may recognize the following symptoms in the absence of Xanax. The presence of these signs would suggest a Xanax dependency.
• Joint and muscle pain
• The heart is beating really fast, or slow
Psychological Symptoms Of Xanax Abuse:
Drugs in the Benzodiazepine family (such as Xanax) can have a lot of psychological effects. Some are easier to recognize than others. Someone who is struggling with Xanax abuse or dependency may experience symptoms all the time, or only some of the time.
When that abuse turns to addiction, more problems follow. Someone who is addicted to Xanax may have a hard time controlling themselves as they seek to maintain the high it provides. Common psychological effects are:
• Confusion (may have difficulty maintaining a train of thought)
• Lack of enthusiasm (decreased motivation, especially for things they used to enjoy)
• Memory loss, forget things easily (may struggle to keep up in a conversation)
• Talkative (during high periods, a Xanax abuser may be uncharacteristically outgoing)
• Anti-Social (during low periods, a Xanax abuser may be uncharacteristically introverted)
• Hard time concentrating (may avoid tasks that require focus)
• Change in appetite (generally decreased appetite)
• Lethargic (overly tired or sleepy, when awake)
• Irritability (may quickly anger over small issues)
If you are looking for signs of drug abuse in someone else, first analyze physical signs. Psychological symptoms are going to be much more difficult to explore.
Another very common sign of Xanax abuse is wild mood swings. These changes in behavior come from the fluctuating chemical levels. Similar to mania, Xanax users may seem overly talkative or energetic. This is often followed by a ‘low’ period. Low periods are marked by depression or irritability.
A Word Of Warning
One must be cautious, though. All of the above symptoms are also indicators for other drugs. Xanax has very few different signs of abuse. Specific to Xanax abuse are symptoms of extreme lethargy.
Benzodiazepines are also known as ‘tranquilizers’ for a reason. Xanax abuse can induce sedation or sleep following a period of euphoria lasting up to six hours.