Xanax belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension in other words anxiety. This increase of anxiety creates an atmosphere for addiction to Xanax. Like many addictive substances, when the drug level falls below a certain threshold, Xanax addiction symptoms begin to appear and another dose must be taken to return to normal brain functionality. For anxiety, the addicted patient no longer takes the drug in response to anxiety caused by external factors, but for anxiety caused by not taking alprazolam. This is also true when Xanax is taken as a sleep aid.
Due to the increase in dosage there is also a risk in a physical dependence on the substance. This means that after time you can no longer abruptly stop use of this substance without any physical consequences or withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms from an abrupt stop after a prolonged use of Xanax are fatal.
Examples of Xanax withdrawal symptoms, but are not limited to:
It is suggested when a stop of usage is desired, to have it overseen by a medical professional. The taper method is a safer method to correctly seize use without a fatal repercussion. There are many centers available in many locations, to safely detox off of this substance.