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Teen Xanax Abuse & Addiction

Xanax abuse by teenagersIf you are wondering, “Is Xanax addictive?” or “Should I be concerned that my teen is abusing Xanax?” The answer is yes. Xanax has been one of the leading prescription medications used for nonmedical purposes for decades. Being highly addictive, Xanax abuse is a major concern. 

One of the main reasons teens report abusing prescription medications such as Xanax is because they believe it is safer than other drugs; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When used other than prescribed or with other substances (such as alcohol), it can be lethal. Teens also report abusing drugs such as Xanax for the following reasons: 

  • To ease stress or anxiety from school, social or family problems
  • To get a more immediate or quick response after taking the drug
  • They’re easily accessible from friends or family

If you think your child is developing a Xanax addiction, call Teen Treatment Center today at (844) 319-5239. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our gender-separate treatment programs. All consultations are confidential and free.

What is Xanax Addiction? 

Xanax Prescription Rates RisingXanax, also known as Alprazolam, is grouped under a class of prescription drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos). They are depressants or tranquilizers used to treat anxiety, sleeping disorders and panic attacks. These prescription medications produce a calming effect by interacting with chemicals in the brain. Benzos, such as Xanax, are prescribed as a short-term solution due to their addictive qualities and side effects. 

Dangers of Xanax Abuse and Xanax Withdrawal

Despite whether or not your teen was originally prescribed Xanax, if they are using the drug, it is imperative to seek professional help and not quit “cold turkey”. Benzos are one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from without medical attention. 

Without the proper treatment, the following Xanax withdrawal symptoms can occur:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Muscle cramps and pain
  • Suicidal thoughts 

If Xanax is being abused along with other substances, the dangers of withdrawal become even more severe. In addition, Xanax is known to negatively interact with other substances, such as alcohol, which can quickly worsen the side effects and lead to a Xanax overdose. 

What does xanax look like?
Due to Xanax's wide variety in prescription strengths there are many variations of the pill and are not easily identifiable. They often come in football shaped pills and use the imprint XANAX. If you have located a pill you would like to identify, refer to an index for more information.

Signs of Xanax Abuse

teen-xanax-slang.pngHas your child become more secretive and developed a sudden need for privacy? Are they causing problems at home, school or work? Have you noticed a sudden lack of personal hygiene and a change in sleeping patterns? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, your teen may be showing the typical signs of substance abuse

There are many signs a teenager is abusing addictive substances, such as the ones mentioned above. This can make it difficult to determine what exactly your teen is abusing; however, if you’ve heard your teen mention candy, downers, or tranks, these are common street names for Xanax. These slang terms are often used when someone is trying to hide their nonmedical use of the drugs.

Some of the more specific signs of Xanax abuse include: 

  • Slurred speech
  • Shallow breathing
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Impaired judgment
  • Slow thinking
  • Memory loss

More severe symptoms will occur if someone has overdosed on Xanax, such as: 

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Fainting

If your teen is showing any of the above signs of Xanax abuse, it’s time to seek professional help. Benzodiazepines are dangerous to detox from without medical supervision. Seeking treatment will not only ensure your child’s safety, but create the opportunity for them to end their substance abuse once and for all. 

Teen Treatment for Xanax Abuse

At Teen Treatment Center, your teen can recover in a safe, comfortable environment with 24-hour supervision. With strong determination, full support and the help of our experienced staff, your teen will learn to avoid peer pressure, control their emotions, and manage their social environments.

We offer comprehensive treatment programs and services including:

  • Medically-supervised detox: Whether or not your teenager goes through the detox process will depend on the type of substance that is being abused, amount and length of abuse. Each teenager is assessed upon admission and provided an individualized treatment plan that, if needed, will include detox. 
  • Individual therapy: By the time your teen arrives at our facility, they will already have a primary therapist that is assigned to them. During these 1:1 sessions, your teen will work on any underlying issues that have contributed to their Xanax abuse.
  • Family therapy: Family involvement is crucial to your teen’s recovery. During these sessions, your family will learn new ways to function as a unit. You will also be invited to attend a family workshop, family support groups, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training sessions.
  • Group counseling: During the group counseling, your child will receive invaluable support from teens facing similar struggles.
  • Academic support: With the help of our on-staff principal, your teen will be able to continue their education while receiving treatment by coordinating with their home school, taking online classes or completing GED coursework.  
  • Recreational therapy: By utilizing recreational therapy, we can effectively treat the whole person, not just their condition. In addition, many teens who abuse Xanax forget what it means to have fun without being under the influence. We will teach your teen how to socialize and be active without the use of addictive substances. 
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment: After your child arrives at our facility, they will be assessed by a psychiatrist and a licensed mental health counselor. If your teen is diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety, depression or ADHD, we will treat the substance abuse along with the mental health condition.

If your teen is developing a Xanax abuse problem, it’s time to reach out for help. Our effective treatment programs will help your teen get their life back on the right track. 

Call Teen Treatment Center today at (844) 319-5239. We are available to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. You can also start a confidential chat with an admissions counselor at any time. 

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