Known for its short-acting potency, Xanax works quickly on your central nervous system to slow down abnormal activity and restore a sense of calm. But when you take more than the therapeutic dose of Xanax, you expose yourself to dangerous health risks, including the risks of addiction, overdose and death.

Before you use this drug for nonmedical reasons, consider how abusing this medication could affect your brain and body, not just in the immediate future, but also in the months and years to come.
 

How Does Xanax Affect Me Right Away?

Alprazolam, marketed as Xanax, is a psychoactive drug that affects the way your brain processes gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GABA). Like other drugs in the benzodiazepine family, Xanax activates the cells that respond to GABA, making you feel more peaceful and tranquil.

When taken as prescribed, Xanax provides rapid relief of anxiety and can help stop a panic attack. Recreational users take Xanax in order to get a mellow, soothing high or to generate a sense of euphoria. But Xanax, which takes full effect within 60 to 90 minutes, can have a serious impact on your health very soon after you take it, causing side effects such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Impaired judgment
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Tolerance can become dependance

Tolerance can lead to physical and psychological dependence, making you feel that you must have Xanax just to get through your day.

Because benzodiazepines can make you drowsy and less alert, abusing these drugs makes you more likely to have a serious or fatal accident. According to Canadian Family Physician, driving under the influence of benzodiazepines can increase your risk of a motor vehicle accident by 50 percent, especially if you take them with alcohol, another central nervous system depressant.
 
It doesn’t take long for your brain to get used to the chemical changes caused by Xanax. The more Xanax you take, the more rapidly you’ll get used to the drug’s effects, and the sooner you’ll need to escalate the dose.
In addition to causing tolerance and dependence, Xanax abuse can harm your body and mind in the following ways:
  • By making you feel tired and depressed
  • By changing your appetite
  • By interfering with your memory
  • By making you irritable or aggressive
  • By making you constipated
  • By making you have trouble urinating
  • By decreasing your sex drive

 

What Happens If I Keep Abusing Xanax?

Xanax abuse can cause long-term damage to your memory, change your emotions, and encourage suicidal thoughts. But the most dangerous long-term risk of Xanax abuse is the risk of addiction, a dangerous condition characterized by a compulsive need for the drug.

Withdrawing from alprazolam is more difficult than withdrawing from other benzodiazepines, warns the Western Journal of Medicine. Because Xanax has such a powerful, rapid effect on the brain cells, withdrawal symptoms can be more severe. Heavy users may experience convulsions, seizures or psychotic episodes if they try to quit too abruptly.

The less serious withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heart rate

Getting Help

Black Bear Lodge in the snowTo avoid the health risks of Xanax abuse and withdraw safely from this drug, it’s best to go through detox and rehab under clinical supervision. At Black Bear Lodge, we support you throughout the recovery process.

With our secluded setting, innovative Xanax treatment protocols and compassionate staff, we are ready to help you start the healing process. Call our toll-free number, 706-914-2327, at any time to learn more about our exclusive Xanax recovery services in northern Georgia.