Alprazolam abuse is common among recreational users of the drug. High doses of the medication referred to as Alprazolam bars are generally traded on the black market. Although they aren't manufactured for this purpose, abusers tend to illicitly use these and other anxiety meds for the state of relaxation, and dis-inhibition that these drugs induce. Those who engage in Alprazolam abuse often combine it with other drugs, thereby increasing the dangers involved.
Alprazolam abuse generally occurs in the cases of patients who have chronic pain, severe emotional instability or personality disorders, or a history of drug or alcohol dependence and/or abuse. Patients in any one of these groups should be monitored closely for signs of Alprazolam abuse and dependence. Individuals who already use drugs or substances for recreational purposes are also at high risk for Alprazolam abuse, dependence, and misuse.
One of the greatest effects of Alprazolam abuse is the onset of addiction and subsequent withdrawal symptoms that occur when one tries to quit Alprazolam and other anxiety treatments. One of the major challenges with Alprazolam withdrawal is that it causes an increase in the anxiety symptoms it was designed to suppress. The brain that was once sedated due to Alprazolam abuse begins to race frantically, thus causing an increase in anxiety. This can make dealing with anxiety very difficult as the brain can often go into seizures as it moves from a state of medicated calm to one of hyperactivity when the Alprazolam is discontinued.
Individuals involved with Alprazolam abuse should be admitted to a detox center where they can receive professional treatment from qualified physicians. Alprazolam abuse is best treated by an addictionologist, a medical doctor trained to treat drug addictions. The patient typically goes through 10 to 14 days of detox. The entire residential treatment for Alprazolam abuse is about three weeks long. After this period, the patient can choose to continue treatment with private therapy, on an outpatient basis, or by attending day treatment. The most important thing for the patient is that they continue with some kind of treatment.