Could Xanax Be The "New" Oxycontin?

Could Xanax Be The “New” Oxycontin?

In Addiction, Recovery by Tree House Recovery

The opioid crisis has certainly posed a major concern in the United States and, while many preventative measures have been established by government agencies and local organizations, Americans are wondering which drug the next biggest threat. Xanax, also known as alprazolam, was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Popular Mind Medicines”; the drug works in the body by enhancing the effects of GABA, a natural chemical produced within the body. Xanax is part of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which affects a person’s emotional reactions, memory, thinking, control of consciousness, muscle tone and more in addition to direct effects on the central nervous system to produce feelings of calmness and relaxation. Medically, Xanax has been primarily used to treat panic disorders, panic attacks, insomnia, and anxiety, but many people abuse the drug recreationally for its euphoric effects.

The National Public Radio (NPR) highlighted Stanford psychiatrist Anne Lembke, who called the abuse and overconsumption of benzodiazepines a “hidden epidemic”. A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health emphasizes that many campaigns and preventative measures taken today are geared toward specific drugs; opioids, tobacco, and alcoholism specifically have been targeted in educational addiction prevention materials and, while this has potentially curbed abuse of substances over the years, the fact remains that there lacks an “all-drug” campaign that suits the ever-growing concern of drug use overall in the United States.

Popular music and media portray Xanax and other drugs as the entryway to an alternate universe, displayed with fun imagery and exciting atmospheres that could make adolescents and vulnerable adults susceptible to seeking out these drugs for abuse. Even prescribed medicinally, Xanax and other benzodiazepines can become very addictive when taken in larger doses or more frequently than recommended. If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment programs. Recovery is possible.

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