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researching xanax addictionXanax is a medication that many people are familiar with. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which means that it has a sedative effect. Xanax is sometimes prescribed for panic and anxiety disorders. Many individuals use Xanax in the way that it is intended. However, it is very addictive and can lead to dependency if not taken as directed. Be open and honest with your health care provider when taking this medication. Here are a few signs that Xanax use has turned to abuse.

Doctor Hopping

Sometimes when a person needs more and more medication, they will try to “doctor hop” to get multiple prescriptions. Many providers will watch for this, but mistakes do happen. If you have a loved one jumping from doctor to doctor, this may be a sign there is a problem.

Slurred Speech and Blurred Vision

Xanax will cause physical changes. If you notice someone struggling with things such as their vision or slurred speech, that may be a warning that they are not using Xanax as prescribed or are using more than necessary to self-medicate.

Inability To Reduce Intake

If you cannot reduce your Xanax use, even when a medical provider tells you to, that is a sign that your use has possibly turned into abuse or even addiction. If you find yourself asking others if they take Xanax to try to buy some from them, that is also a warning you may be struggling with addiction. If you are not prescribed Xanax from a doctor, ask yourself why you need to take it. Working to get more pills from other people and not from your medical provider is dangerous and could lead to medical complications. If you or someone you love is taking Xanax without a prescription or using more Xanax than prescribed, you may be suffering from addiction and need to seek help.

Xanax can be extremely addictive, and Xanax use can quickly turn into abuse if left unchecked. You may find yourself hopping from doctor to doctor in the hope of obtaining more prescriptions. When that does not work, you may start asking friends or family if they have any pills that you can have. Acknowledging you have a problem is a big step. Xanax abuse can be dangerous to your physical and mental health, and you may need professional help to work through a problem. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you take the necessary steps to work through any addictions or mental health struggles that you are facing. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.