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I have an Xanax (alprazolam) addiction what to do?

I have an Xanax (alprazolam) addiction what to do?

Great question!: Do not stop taking xanax (alprazolam) by yourself. Consult a professional about tapering off xanax (alprazolam) or other sedatives. Some people need to be hospitalized to safely detox from sedatives. You will need lots of support to recover from addiction. Aa and na are 2 possibilities. Smart recovery uses cognitive-behavioral principles. You can find these resources on the internet. Don't do alone - ask for help. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How could i identify a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

How could i identify a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

4 C's of addiction: Addiction is when you cannot consistently control your use (taking more than prescribed, buying off the street, etc.), are obsessed/compulsive about the use, have craving, and continue to use despite adverse consequences (legal, relationships, medical, etc.). That's the short version of a definition of addiction. Tolerance and withdrawal can occur in people who are or are not addicted. ...Read more

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What do I do to break a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

What do I do to break a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

Slow taper: Begin to taper off of the Xanax (alprazolam) very very slowly and at the same time create something in your life that might support you and protect you from anxiety. For example exercise is a great medicine for anxiety and can be very helpful when going through a taper. Also a well balanced diet, nutritional supplements, good sleep and relaxation exercises are helpful. You need a doctors help to taper off. ...Read more

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Do you think the Xanax (alprazolam) will help with my food addiction?

Not Good Idea: Many believe that some develop a relationship with food that triggers pleasure center in the brain in the same way that drugs like Cocaine do, causing Dopamine release & repeated patterns of reward & addictive seeking out of substance. Xanax (alprazolam) is also addictive & you would be replacing one substance for another or multiplying your addictions. Seek out 12 step program and counseling. Good luck. ...Read more

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I really want to stop my Xanax (alprazolam) addiction what should I do?

Taper off slowly: To stop using xanax (alprazolam) a slow taper could be done in an office setting, usually with a substitute anti anxiety medication like Clonazepam that has a longer onset of action and a longer half life, making it less prone to dependence. To taper off of the medication more quickly it should be done in a hospital setting. Xanax (alprazolam) should not be stopped abruptly due to risk of seizures or death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to form a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction from just one month of use?

Is it possible to form a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction from just one month of use?

Yes.: Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the harder benzodiazapines to stop. If you were highly anxious to begin with, however, if may be that the problem is returning anxiety as much as side effects from stopping the xanax (alprazolam). Usually best to get another treatment for anxiety in place and then taper off the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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I take .25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day. Have been for a year.. Will that turn into a addiction?

I take .25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day. Have been for a year.. Will that turn into a addiction?

Probably not: "addiction" implies a behavior change where you use more and more of the medicine to achieve the same results, and you persist in using despite negative effects in important parts of your life (work, relationships, etc). In addiction a lot of time is spent using and procuring the substance, or doing the behavior. Using .25mg xanax (alprazolam) only once a day is unlikely to result in these changes. ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) addiction: what should I do to overcome this?

See a professional: Benzodiazepine addiction, the class of drugs to which xanax (alprazolam) belongs, can be very serious, and sudden cessation of the drug, or tapering it too quickly can result in seizures, cardiovascular stress and delirium. Longer-acting medications can be subsituted and gradually tapered, both inpatient and outpatient. Psychological counseling is critical to deal with why you need them so much. ...Read more

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Mood stable 3 years. One sudden 4-6 hr delusional mixed state every week. 10years tried everything. Just tried xanax (alprazolam). Works 100% too euphoric, afraid of addiction. Klonopindoesnothing.Other benzos?

Mood stable 3 years. One sudden 4-6 hr delusional mixed state every week. 10years tried everything. Just tried xanax (alprazolam). Works 100% too euphoric, afraid of  addiction. Klonopindoesnothing.Other benzos?

Mood stable -xanax: Keep diary to try to find out what sets you off once per week. If xanax (alprazolam) works try to fractionate dose e.g. 1/4 to 1/2 tab. This dose once per week is safer than having the delusional episodes. Try hard to find out what triggers the attacks. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more