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3 Xanax Addiction Signs to Lookout For

By Jennifer Daluro
Are you often preoccupied with the amount of Xanax you have on hand, or how you can get more? This could be a sign you're addicted to the prescription drug.

Xanax is commonly used as a treatment for panic disorders and anxiety. It makes you feel calmer, more relaxed, and sedated. However, while the medication can help relieve your symptoms, it’s also highly addictive. If you suspect your Xanax use is becoming a problem, read on to learn more about 3 important Xanax addiction signs.

You have become more withdrawn, even from your loved ones.

According to a 2021 study published in Addictive Behaviors, people dealing with substance abuse, dependency, and addiction often feel guilty and ashamed. Research also suggests that shame can result in anti-social reactions, such as:

  • A desire to withdraw from relationships with others 
  • Increased aggression meant to deflect blame regarding shameful events

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) also notes that drug addiction affects your relationship with your family.

If you feel negative emotions toward your Xanax use or arguments and fights have become more common between you and your family members, especially if the topic is related to your Xanax use, it may be time to seek professional help.

You often find yourself preoccupied with thoughts about Xanax.

Xanax helps control panic attacks and extreme anxiety, but it can also be habit-forming.

If you notice that your craving for the medication has increased or you have a preoccupation with your Xanax use, this could be a sign that you've become addicted to Xanax. Sometimes, these cravings can be so intense that they command your entire focus.

“The signs of Xanax dependence are pretty well defined,” Allen Masry, MD, psychiatrist and medical director at All In Solutions Counseling Center, tells WedMD Connect to Care. “Signs of an addiction to Xanax are more often behavioral. If you are spending more time thinking about whether or not you have enough, how to get more, or how to alter your lifestyle to accommodate your Xanax use, these are all signs of a developing addiction." 

You’re experiencing financial troubles.

One of the signs of Xanax addiction is increasing financial troubles. Cleveland Clinic even notes “issues with money” as a symptom of substance use disorder.

An addiction to Xanax costs money. You need to have a steady supply of Xanax, which can quickly take a toll on your finances. 

Anton Bizzell, MD, substance abuse expert at The Bizzell Group, tells WebMD Connect to Care to watch out for these symptoms: "Maintaining a supply of the drug on hand, mixing with alcohol or other drugs, and developing dangerous behaviors to obtain the prescription, including stealing or getting it from the streets."

If you have these Xanax addiction signs, it’s important to locate help immediately. And if you recognize these signs in someone you love, reach out and help them get the professional assistance they need.

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