What is Xanax Addiction?
Xanax is prescription drug, and is part of a group of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Other popular benzodiazepines include Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin.
Like alcohol, withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines can be dangerous and potentially lethal. Detoxification at a hospital or medical facility may be necessary prior to starting treatment.
The use of benzodiazepines can cause slurred speech, shallow breathing (which can lead to overdose and death), sleepiness, disorientation, and lack of coordination. Abuse of benzodiazepines can quickly lead to physical dependence, and have disastrous consequences. Of the 25,700 deaths related to prescription drug overdose in 2014, more than 7,900 involved benzodiazepines (from National Institute on Drug Abuse).
If you think your teen may be abusing Xanax or other benzodiazepines, don’t hesitate to seek help. If you’re unsure or have specific questions, call today to speak with one of our licensed counselors: 702-267-6277. Vencer Youth Services provides free assessments and our team is standing by to answer your questions and support you and your family.
“Of the 25,700 deaths related to prescription drug overdose in 2014, more than 7,900 involved benzodiazepines”
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