After opiates, Xanax is one of the most popular drugs of abuse. Because one's body builds up a tolerance to this drug, those who are addicted can reach extraordinary levels of Xanax consumption. For example, a CNN report on Michael Jackson's death stated that before he died, he was taking ten Xanax a night, which was a reduction from his earlier consumption of 30 - 40 Xanax a night.
A person who is accustomed to taking Xanax may not exhibit signs of being "high" but they may not be able to conceal the other symptoms of Xanax abuse.
These signs of Xanax abuse include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Memory problems
- Lack of focus
- Swollen hands or feet
- Upset stomach
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Dry mouth or throat
- Loss of interest in sex
These symptoms become more likely when a person has reached high levels of consumption. If you see these signs, then you might want to look further to see if you can find pills or pill bottles. Xanax comes in a bar-shaped pill that is scored so it can be broken into smaller doses. Xanax pills are white but the generic form of the drug (alprazolam) may be green or yellow.
When a person is taking a high dosage of Xanax, the more serious side effects of Xanax may start showing up.
You might see a person manifest these symptoms of Xanax abuse:
- Thoughts of harming oneself
- Chest pain
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
If you see signs of Xanax abuse and want to help someone get off this drug, you may need to get the person through a medical detox before they can go to rehab. Xanax and other benzodiazepines can require a very careful period of weaning before it is safe to discontinue them. Symptoms like seizures and severe mental disturbances can result if the drug is discontinued without careful support.
A person who has become dependent on this drug - which means they have come to rely on this drug psychologically as well as being physically addicted - will probably need rehabilitation before they can embark on a new, sober life. When a person is addicted, they have found an escape from life's problems and now they must learn how to have a productive, enjoyable life while also not needing this kind of escape. This normally takes some time and also takes learning sober living skills.
A person who is addicted to a drug will very often feel that life will be unbearable without that drug. This is one of the reasons that an addicted person will fight the idea of rehab. Very often, they are just taking the drug they are addicted to so they will feel "normal," so they can function in daily life. You take the drug away that they think makes them feel "normal" and they may not believe they can cope with life.
But they can. It takes a thorough, effective drug rehab and it is going to take longer than 28 days for most people.
This rehab program is designed to create sobriety by repairing the destruction created by addiction. Things like cravings, loss of self-respect, loss of trust, relationships with family or friends that have been damaged - these and more are addressed on the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
However, the right time to leave a rehab program is when one is ready to face life, not when one's time has run out. Every one of the fifty Narconon rehab facilities around the world is long-term and open-ended. That means there is no set time limit to the program. The emphasis is on recovery of one's personal integrity, relearning personal morals and values, gaining the skills to overcome obstacles and deal with setbacks without resorting to substance abuse. There is also a thorough detoxification component to this program that has been shown to help greatly with cravings. Many people finishing this step comment that their cravings are greatly reduced, even eliminated.
And in contrast to thousands of other rehabs around the world, there are no drugs used as part of the Narconon recovery program. Instead, nutritional support helps lift and steady one's mood. One-on-one work with the staff helps a recovering person focus on the future and recovery, not the past. New life skills are learned that help each person see that a new, sober future without relapse is now possible. As these achievements mount up, there is no reason to give a person drugs. Hope has replaced depression. Ability to create a new life has replaced loss.
Learn how this unique program can be just what you are looking for. Call the international offices of Narconon today at 1-800-775-8750.
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