Xanax is one of the most common prescriptions for conditions such as stress, panic anxiety, and insomnia. When taken, it induces a feeling of relaxation, well being and at times it also has a sedative effect. A lot of people abuse Xanax because of the effects that it induces, and unfortunately, the drug is highly addictive. Trying to withdraw from Xanax, especially when you have been using for a while could lead to complicated medical consequences and therefore, the detox process normally needs to be supervised by experts. Here are a few of the things which you need to know about Xanax addiction and being a parent.
What are the signs of addiction?
The biggest issue which exists and which makes it very difficult to deal with drug abuse is the fact that Hollywood and pop culture, in general, seems to subtly promote the abuse of drugs such as stimulants and sedatives by belittling their effects. However, the reality is that these drugs are highly addictive and you do not need to interact with them for a long time before they become a real problem. You will know you have a Xanax dependency problem when:
- You are feeling out of control and unable to manage the normal day to day life without using the drug.
- You start needing a greater amount of the drug to achieve the same calming effect that you were getting from the lesser amount.
- When you start incurring losses such as friends, family, and finances as a result of using the drug.
- When you start using Xanax together with other drugs so that you can get a certain desired effect
- When you start doing doctor shopping and looking for several new places where you can access the drug.
- When taking a lowered dose leads to withdrawal syndrome.
The effects of the drug on your parenting skills
It is true that parenting is hard and there are certain periods in the lives of your kids when the days will seem impossible to handle. However, when you slow down and handle these issues one at a go, it is manageable. On the other hand, when you decide to enlist the help of drugs such as Xanax to make it through the day, you will get the quick fix solutions such as the reduction in stress levels and the sedation, but the long-term effects will not be worth the short-lived bliss.
Taking Xanax during pregnancy
Xanax is classified as a class D drug, which means you should avoid it at all stages of pregnancy. It causes withdrawal syndrome in newborns and can also have far-reaching effects on their respiratory and heart health.
Disconnection with your kids
Another problem which results from Xanax abuse is that the dependency makes you feel like the only way you can manage them is when you are under the influence. This ultimately means that your kids become a condition to manage and that you will not form healthy emotional ties with them. This disconnection affects the way that they relate to everyone else in their lives.
There are serious consequences which come from Xanax overdose. Some of these consequences include:
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Poor coordination
When abused in combination with order drugs, Xanax can lead to respiratory and cardiac health complications which could be fatal. All these side effects are scenes which you will be putting your kids through. Such experiences traumatize kids and lead to emotional scars which could last as long as a lifetime. Most of the people who abuse Xanax end up figuring out that it can be combined with opioids and this creates an even bigger dependency problem for the parents and their kids.
When you decide to quit the drug, you have to ask for the help of a professional or check yourself into a rehab. This is because unlike the other drugs, sedatives like Xanax lead to slowed breathing, unconsciousness, feelings of body weakness, dizziness and general disorientation and when not managed some could be fatal. When you clean up, you become a better parent and you stop taking your kids through the disturbing scenes of you in the depressed and emotionally unstable state that the drug induces.