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Effects of Xanax Addiction

Drug addiction can lead to a persons entire life becoming confined to the drug. It causes them to lose interest in their daily lives in the pursuit of that one drug. Xanax Addiction is similar to any other drug addiction in terms of the confinement to the drug. Some of the physical symptoms to the addiction of this drug can include:

  • drowsiness
  • lack of coordination
  • confusion
  • mood swings
  • slurred speech
  • and ultimately liver and kidney damage since the body has to work extra hard to process large amounts of this drug

Prescription Drug Abuse in Tampa

Have you ever taken a medicine that goes astray from the prescription provided by the doctor? Or have you ever taken a medicine that you discovered lying around in the house? Is there any medication you took lately because it made you feel high? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you are most likely heading down the path toward prescription drug abuse.

What is Meth Addiction?

Meth addiction is chronic abuse of methamphetamine, one of the most addictive and hard-to-quit drug in Tampa. Readily available, the crystal meth resembles shiny blue and white rocks, looking almost like shattered glass. The powder of meth is odorless, tastes bitter and can be dissolved in alcohol easily.

Meth is a synthetic/man-made stimulant made in meth labs and classified to be a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Being in Schedule II means meth is a drug with high potential to be abused and has the potential to cause severe physical and psychological dependence among its users.

Treatment Options

For a long time, experts considered addiction to be a weakness of character. But current research suggests that addiction should be treated with psychological techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. There are several Tampa drug and alcohol rehab centers that help people suffering different degrees of opiate addiction. Some centers use Suboxone, which is a medication that helps people feel comfortable during early withdrawal and addresses.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Panic and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and it can prove to be effective in reducing the risk of relapse. This is significant because relapsing can not only sabotage the physical and psychological treatment the addict has gone through, but it also increases the risk of overdose, coma, and death.

Along with detox (with or without medications), opiate addiction treatment also covers a full course of psychological therapy and drug counseling. This is necessary for ongoing sobriety which cannot be achieved by prescription medications like Suboxone. These are just used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, not for eliminating cravings. That is why replacing one drug for another is not a long-term solution. In the ultimate analysis, the addict has to learn to cut down his dependence on drugs.