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 Xanax addiction. 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 addiction withdrawal symptoms, but are not limited to:
• Delusions and hallucinations: Initially visual and then progressing to full blown hallucinations. Patients may feel as though they are having a nervous breakdown or going crazy. Very bizarre thoughts and feelings may occur.
• Delirium: A loss of the sense of person and place. Without supervision, this symptom can be quite dangerous as inappropriate behavior results.
• Tonic clonic motor seizure activity: This is a full body, grand mal type seizure. It is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated promptly.