Xanax Addiction

Xanax addiction is the primary risk surrounding its use, as with any prescription drug on the market. Some people find that they cannot discontinue using Xanax, at which time the addiction process has begun. It is likely that dependence will be greater in individuals who have taken higher dosages, are older, and/or have taken Xanax for an extended period of time. It is estimated that as many as one third of the people who have taken Xanax for a year will experience the inability to discontinue Xanax or will go through prolonged and uncomfortable discontinuation symptoms.

Unless a person is willing to risk the possibility of long-term use of Xanax, they should not start using it to begin with.
  • Drug Facts
  • Washinton D.C. Mayor Marion Barry has said Xanax was among the drugs he was addicted to a decade ago.
  • Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a drug in pill form which is prescribed to patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
  • Three out of four drugs that are used illegally in the United States are prescription drugs.
  • Nearly 5 million people have at one point taken Xanax or a similar anti-anxiety medication for non-medical reasons.
  • Illegal possesion of Xanax is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.