Illicit drug use in the United States is on the rise and many of us are warned about the dangers of taking illegal drugs. But some prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addictive.

Abuse of Xanax and other prescription drugs is often referenced and glorified in rap songs and has even led to the deaths of artists, too. It’s a highly addictive drug that can destroy the lives of those who fall into the grip of addiction.

But how do you know if you’ve got a Xanax addiction?

Read on for 4 of the biggest signs that you have an addiction to Xanax.

What Are the Dangers of Xanax?

Before we discuss the biggest signs of a Xanax addiction, let’s first talk about the dangers of Xanax.

When taken as prescribed by a doctor, it can be a very effective drug. But when abused, there are many dangers it poses.

When used in large doses or combined with alcohol, even the smallest amount, it could be fatal. The combination of alcohol and Xanax could result in respiratory failure and you could end up in a coma.

If used while driving or around machinery, it could result in serious injuries as it delays response times and reactions. You could also end up endangering other people as a result. If you take a large enough dose of Xanax you could be sedated for a day or even days on end. 

Here are 4 telling signs of addiction.

1. Noticing Physical Changes

One of the first ways to tell that you have a Xanax addiction is when there are physical symptoms. Most of these symptoms will only occur as a result of taking too much Xanax on a regular basis.

These include slowed movements and increased drowsiness. You might also slur your speech and feel light-headed most of the time. You might also feel dizzy and have a dry mouth more often. 

You might also notice a dip in your sex drive and experience constipation, too. You may also notice a lack of motor coordination. These physical signs are common with repeated Xanax abuse and you should be aware of them.

More serious signs of Xanax abuse include having trouble breathing and blurred vision. You might even end up in a coma as a result, and it could prove to be fatal.

2. Noticing Psychological Changes

It’s not only your body that suffers when you have a Xanax addiction, but there are also plenty of psychological changes, too. Xanax is a benzodiazepine which can seriously affect the mind when abused.

As well as feeling like you need to take it to get through the day, other psychological effects include: 

  • irritability
  • inability to focus or remember details of recent conversations
  • feeling confused
  • manic feelings
  • rapid mood swings
  • inability to fall asleep despite feeling tired
  • pain in muscles and joints

These are a few of the most common and clear signs of an addiction to Xanax.

Combined with the physical changes of addiction, these can make everyday tasks seem overwhelming. This will have an impact on your work performance and even take its toll on your interpersonal relationships with others too.

3. A New Obsession with Xanax

Aside from the physical and psychological signs of addiction, another sign that you’re addicted is an obsession with Xanax. It might be the only thing you think of and become the most important thing to you.

You might feel like you need to take it to go about your day and your life starts to revolve around it. You might feel like you need to increase the amount you take to increase the effects and to stop the withdrawal symptoms.

This obsession tends to be the first symptom of an addiction to Xanax. When you realize that it’s become an obsession, you can try to cut down and quit before it gets worse. 

4. Behavioral Problems

As with most addictions, long-term abuse of Xanax will affect your behavior and impact your relationships. People with an addiction to Xanax might engage in risky or dangerous behaviors as a result. They might steal to fund their habit or get into fights with others too.

They might even keep large storages of Xanax as a stockpile so that they don’t have to risk going without it. They might even start driving while on Xanax which poses a massive danger to themselves and others. They might experience strained relationships with others or even get fired from their jobs because of their Xanax use.

As they focus more of their time and energy on Xanax, they might also experience financial troubles as they pay to fund the habit. If they are using Xanax illegally (without a prescription), they may also get into trouble with the law.

If you’ve experienced any of these behavioral troubles as a result of your Xanax use, you might have an addiction.

It’s Time to Seek Help for Your Xanax Addiction

If these signs strike a chord with you, the chances are you are in the throes of a Xanax addiction. A Xanax addiction could ruin your life and possibly even end it.

But there is hope for you. There are a lot of resources that can help you get clean and break free from your addiction to Xanax. If you’re looking to get clean, we offer a range of rehab treatment that could change your life.

Check out our drug rehab programs and get onto the road to recovery.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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