Xanax Addiction and Treatment and Oxycontin Addiction, Abuse and Treatment - Updated 2011


Xanax Addiction and Treatment and Oxycontin Addiction, Abuse and Treatment - Updated 2011

As times change and life moves on, the abuse of drugs continue but the types of drugs abused fluctuate among our youth, young and older adults. Some drugs will become less prevalent and others will become more wide spread and misused. The abuse of specific drugs today will probably continue a few years from now but the ones more commonly abused will vary and change among substance users in all age groups.


Many people who abuse street drugs, prescription drugs, designer drugs, and over the counter medications have major concerns once they realize how dangerous and addictive they are. Even though abusing drugs or other substances is a personal choice, once addiction has taken place the dangerous effects and consequences are extremely serious. Unless a person really understands drug abuse and addiction, it's very easy for a person especially if they're a young teen to comprehend the future dangers involved.

Substance abusers aren't the only ones concerned about specific drugs that are abused today, so are their families, loved ones and friends. It's not easy on them watching someone they love and care about make dangerous choices, ruin their lives and put their emotional and physical health at risk.

left quoteToday Xanax and Oxycontin are two of the drugs many people are abusing in all age groups and are now in need of education and help because they're addicted to them or someone you know, love or care about is. That's why we decided it was important to provide current and updated information about Xanax Addiction and Treatment and Oxycontin Addiction, Abuse and Treatmentright quote

Xanax Addiction

Central nervous system (CNS) depressants are used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Benzodiazepines are in this class of drugs which reduce feelings of anxiousness, fear, worry and panic. Xanax which is a benzodiazepine is the trade name (brand name) for Alprazolam (generic formulation of Xanax) and is classified as a schedule IV substance that's prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

Xanax (Alprazolam) should never be abused because it can be habit forming and lead to addiction. If a person is prescribed Xanax to treat symptoms of anxiety or panic it's important to take this medication as prescribed, never combine with alcohol, or mix with other medications without a physician's knowledge and consent. Today though, many people are abusing Xanax (Alprazolam) to get high or to ease symptoms associated with other drugs of abuse which include anxiety, depression and panic.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepines like Xanax can be experienced if a person becomes addicted to the drug whether they legitimately became dependent or illegally abused them and are now addicted. Withdrawal symptoms can be experienced when a person stops using Xanax if they were used or abused for any length of time. The intensity and seriousness associated with Xanax withdrawal symptoms depends on how they were abused, how long they were abused, the dose that was abused, and if there were other substances abused along with it.

Xanax (benzodiazepines) withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, irritability, mood changes, tiredness and fatigue, problems sleeping, dysphoria (acute hopelessness), tremors and seizures.

Overdose symptoms associated with Alprazolam (Xanax) include drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination and loss of consciousness.

Xanax Addiction Treatment

Xanax addiction can be successfully treated and a person can overcome their dependence with many different options available today. Treatment options for Xanax addiction depend on the individual and their own specific needs. Inpatient treatment, Outpatient treatment, Behavioral Therapy, or 12 Step programs like Narcotics Anonymous are very beneficial when seeking recovery from Xanax addiction. It just depends on the individual and if other drugs or alcohol abuse or addiction is also included, if there are mental health disorders present at the same time, and how long and intense a person's addiction to Xanax is.

Oxycontin Addiction

Another drug that's commonly abused today is the prescription drug Oxycontin which when abused produces effects that are similar to what a heroin user experiences. Oxycontin is a controlled substance that's classified as a schedule II drug and not only can cause dependence but very serious emotional and physical consequences as well. People in all age groups abuse painkillers like Oxycontin not realizing just how addictive and powerful this narcotic pain medication can be when misused and are now in desperate need of help.

Most people don't realize that if OxyContin is abused in large doses they're risking death due to severe respiratory depression. This can happen very easily for first time users because they don't know what a large dose for them-self personally could be.

OxyContin is the trade name (brand name) for oxycodone hydrochloride which is a narcotic painkiller that's prescribed for patients to relieve pain that's from cancer, arthritis, neuralgia, bursitis and the pain experienced due to some injuries. Not only have many people become dependent on OxyContin due to legitimate use, there are people in all age groups abusing oxycontin to get high and many are now addicted to the painkiller.

OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms can include restlessness, agitation, anxiety, achy muscles, yawning, watery eyes, problems sleeping such as insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, involuntary leg movements and cold flashes.

OxyContin Overdose Symptoms

Overdose symptoms include breathing problems, extreme sleepiness, fainting, feeling dizzy, muscles may be weak, skin becomes cold and clammy, heartbeat slows down or stops, skin, finger nails, lips or around the mouth becomes bluish in color, loss of consciousness coma.

The FDA approved a new OxyContin formulation which is a controlled-release form to help discourage the abuse and misuse of this pain medication according to an FDA news release in 2010. Many people have to take oxycontin for extended periods of time for the treatment of severe pain and the new formulation is safe for them and prevents anyone from cutting, breaking, chewing, crushing or dissolving the painkiller to get high levels at one time. This new formulation of oxycontin will reduce the risk of overdose for individuals that snort or inject the drug but ingesting the painkiller in large doses is still very serious and can result in overdose.

OxyContin Addiction Treatment Options

Medications can be administered during detoxification and treatment for oxycontin addiction to help manage withdrawal symptoms, manage opiate cravings and reduce the chance of relapse. Drugs like methadone and buprenorphine help with withdrawal and are sometimes used for long term maintenance during recovery. Inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, support groups, behavioral therapy and counseling are all options depending on the individual own unique needs.

If the individual has abused oxycontin for a long period of time in high doses or has been abusing other drugs as well, a more intense form of treatment may be necessary that's overseen by experienced professional physicians and therapists for their safety and recovery success.

References
PubMed DEA/OD/ODE
NDIC
Medline Plus

Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    Prescription Drugs have robbed far too many people of their dignity and lives. Big Pharma is the REAL drug cartel in North America. Their over medicating of the American public through obscene advertising leads to nearly 100,000 deaths per year! Prescription drugs are more dangerous than any felony drug substance in the world including heroin, cocaine and even alcohol combined.

  2. Addict

    It should be noted that in regard to benzodiazepines, the research is quite clear that in Europe and the United States these drugs have been prescribed to millions of people for years at a time creating dependence by prescription. The vast majority of those dependent on benzodiazepines became dependent without ABUSING the drug. Thus, to suggest that the patient is at fault by ABUSE rather than the result of prescribing practices causing dependence is misnomer for the vast amount of benzo addicts. Furthermore dependence occurs quickly and because these drugs are notoriously hard to withdraw from (worse than heroin) many people become unintentional addicts and suffer the devastating consequences of dependence and withdrawal with many long lasting physical and psychological symptoms. The UK has established clinics specific for this form of drug dependence, which requires a long taper off of the drug to prevent debilitating withdrawal syndromes and Betty Ford should do the same.

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