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Benzo Addiction|Xanax Addiction
Blue Xanax is one of many versions of alprazolam, a prescription benzodiazepine and Schedule IV controlled substance.
While benzos like blue Xanax can be highly effective, they also have the potential for abuse and addiction.
What Is Xanax?
Xanax is alprazolam in branded form. Xanax is classified as benzodiazepine and belongs to the same family as Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan.
One of the most prescribed psychotherapeutic medications in the United States, blue Xanax is typically prescribed for the short-term relief of panic disorders and anxiety disorders.
Xanax has a mechanism of action that reduces activity in the central nervous system and brain – alprazolam is a CNS depressant. The depressant properties of Xanax trigger a sense of calm, intensifying the effects of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a chemical that occurs naturally in the brain.
Approved by the FDA in 1981, physicians still prescribe Xanax widely today despite its strongly habit-forming nature.
Blue Xanax pills, also known as blue Xanax bars, are oval and imprinted with XANAX 1.0. The imprint expresses the dosage of 1mg of alprazolam.
If you are prescribed Xanax for panic disorder or anxiety disorder, the starting dose is typically as low as 0.25mg. Dosage can be gradually increased as you become accustomed to the effects of benzodiazepines. The maximum daily dose of Xanax in adults is 4mg split across multiple doses.
When Blue Xanax is taken as directed, the effects set in within an hour. Blood concentration levels of Xanax peak within two hours.
Many people abuse blue Xanax, often by crushing the pills and then inhaling powdered Xanax through the nose. This triggers almost immediate effects and is an especially damaging form of Xanax abuse.
Xanax comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Alprazolam is also available in generic form. Drug manufacturers stamp their brand and imprint on their formulation of alprazolam so they can stand out in a crowded segment of the drug market– blue pill l368, for instance.
Branded Xanax pills come in different colors because they contain different FDA-approved colorants to differentiate the strength of the pills. These are the most common variants of Xanax:
The sustained use of Xanax is liable to lead to physical dependence. The risk of developing dependence and addiction is heightened if you take alprazolam without a prescription, or if you use more Xanax than directed.
Long-term use of benzos causes tolerance to form. When this occurs, the effects of the drug are diminished. This often leads to abusive patterns of consumption, with more Xanax consumed or more frequent doses taken. Xanax abuse accelerates the formation of physical dependence. When you become dependent on benzodiazepines, you will experience intensely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you discontinue use.
Xanax addiction is classified as a substance use disorder. The diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders are detailed in DSM-5-TR (the revised fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Substance use disorders are diagnosed according to the number of criteria that present as mild (2 to 3), moderate (4 to 5), or severe (6+).
The symptoms of Xanax addiction are:
If you are addicted to Blue Xanax bars or any benzodiazepine, it is never advisable to abruptly discontinue use without medical supervision.
When you stop using Xanax, acute withdrawal symptoms will manifest. If untreated, these symptoms may be life-threatening.
Fortunately, the Xanax withdrawal process can be significantly streamlined by gradually tapering the dose. A long-acting benzo may be prescribed to replace the short-acting Xanax during the tapered reduction. Tapered withdrawal can reduce the severity of symptoms. Dosage is typically reduced by 0.5mg every three days.
It’s important to note that you should not detox from benzodiazepines like Blue Xanax at home. The side effects of breaking dependence on your own can result in dangerous health risks, potentially causing permanent damage or even death. Finding a good medical detox program will make this process safe, more comfortable with medication-assisted treatment, and 24/7 medical supervision.
We can help you reclaim your life from blue Xanax addiction here at Gratitude Lodge in Southern California.
If you have developed an addiction to Blue Xanax bars or any other benzodiazepine, build the firmest foundation for recovery at Gratitude Lodge in Southern California. We offer benzo rehab in Long Beach, Newport Beach, and San Diego.
All Gratitude Lodge rehab centers are pet-friendly environments free of triggers, temptations, and distractions.
Before engaging with ongoing treatment, streamline Xanax withdrawal with our supervised medical detox program. A tapered reduction in dosage will mitigate many of the withdrawal symptoms associated with benzo detox. After Xanax is purged from your system, you can transition into one of the following treatment programs:
Your treatment team will draw from the following evidence-based and holistic interventions to create an individualized treatment plan:
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