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Drug Detox For Xanax Addiction Could Help Restore Community's Peaceful Charm
Bonita Springs, located on Florida’s Gulf coast between Naples and Fort Myers, offers “the unique and inviting Old Florida lifestyle of a charming small beach town”, according to the town’s official web site. While this is true for most residents and the thousands of tourists who enjoy the town’s ambience, Bonita Springs suffers from drug related crime just like every other community in America. Just ask the pregnant woman who was physically assaulted on the street in the middle of the afternoon last week by a desperate female threatening to pistol whip the woman if she didn’t sell her some Xanax® pills. The addict’s Xanax addiction, and the assault on the woman and her unborn baby, could have been prevented with a timely drug detox.
According to police, when the pregnant woman informed her assailant she had no Xanax to sell, the second woman punched her victim in the face and the stomach – ostensibly to end the pregnancy – and threatened to pistol-whip her and kill her unborn baby. When the attacker finally ran off, the injured woman made her way to the local police station.
Of course, Bonita Springs is no more a hot-bed of drugs and violent crime than anywhere else. But this pregnant woman’s experience graphically illustrates how prescription drug addiction has changed the face of America. And it shows how Xanax addiction can cause unpredictable violence when addicts are in withdrawal from it, underscoring the importance of proper medical drug detox. Withdrawing from Xanax, or any other benzodiazepine drug, can result in serious panic attacks, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, uncontrollable tremors, confusion, delirium, hallucinations and even seizures which can lead to death.
More than most other benzos, Xanax effects are felt quickly, and Xanax dependence can come about very soon after starting the drug. Some people taking large doses have developed Xanax dependency in as little as two days, according to reports in the medical literature. Although Xanax addiction usually begins with small doses, some people’s metabolism and DNA predispose them to a Xanax addiction rapidly, and medical drug detox provides the only safe and secure recovery. In recent years, drug detox centers are experiencing higher numbers of Xanax detox patients than ever.
Because Xanax addiction can occur so rapidly, it was only approved by the FDA for eight weeks of use. When prescribed for more than eight weeks, it is an "off-label" use, meaning it has not been tested and approved for this use by the FDA. In Great Britain, where Xanax addiction has also become a major problem, the drug is only approved for four weeks of use, and drug detox centers there are also seeing higher numbers of Xanax addiction.
Most people have at least heard of Valium, one of the original benzodiazepines. What many people don’t know is that the effects of .5 milligrams (mg) of Xanax are equivalent to 10 mg of Valium. And people with a Xanax addiction almost always consume much more – sometimes as much as 5 mg, the equivalent of 100 mg – 10 or even 20 times the usual dosage – of Valium.
If you know someone taking large doses of Xanax, you need to realize that it indicates their tolerance to the drug is far above normal, that dependence is almost a certainty, and a full-blown and dangerous Xanax addiction is likely. However, medical drug detox can help the person safely withdraw from the drug so they can begin their journey to being drug free.
As we now know, Xanax addiction can and does occur anywhere, in any town, city or state regardless of its ideal setting. Drug detox centers confirm that Xanax addiction is one of the fastest growing prescription drug abuse problems in the country. And anyone with a Xanax addiction should be encouraged to seek immediate help in a medical drug detox program.
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