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Xanax addiction - signs, symptoms and treatment

Xanax is a tranquiliser that is designed to calm or relieve tension. It can be prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression.

A growing number of people are abusing Xanax in the UK in order to relax, relieve stress, reduce inhibitions, 'get high' and even self-medicate their anxiety. People are also combining Xanax with alcohol and cannabis to feel detached from reality, which is unfortunately leading to risky activities such as violence and road traffic accidents.

As Xanax is highly addictive, people misusing the drug are finding that they need to take more of the substance at more regular intervals once they build up a tolerance, which leads to physical and psychological dependency.

If you are concerned about your Xanax use or are worried about someone close to you, take a look at the signs and symptoms that can suggest addiction. We have also outlined the treatment that is available at Priory to help people put a stop to their drug misuse.

Signs and symptoms of addiction can be subtle but serious

The following signs could indicate an addiction to Xanax:

  • You use Xanax every time drug withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, depression, paranoia and irritability start
  • You need to take more Xanax at more regular intervals as your tolerance increases
  • You disregard your family and friends in favour of taking drugs
  • You worry about your supply and when you can next use it
  • You continue to take it regardless of the effect it is having on your life
  • You become involved in more dangerous or risky behaviours

If you are worried that someone close to you has a Xanax addiction, the following signs could suggest they are abusing the drug:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Uncoordinated, unsteady and loses balance
  • Confusion and slowed thinking
  • Trembling
  • Slow reflexes
  • Difficulty focusing and forgetfulness
  • Increased amount of time spent sleeping

You may also notice the following:

  • Decline in performance at school or work
  • Lack of interest in hobbies or activities they once enjoyed
  • Changes in mood, personality and irritability
  • Excessive fatigue or agitation
  • Isolating themselves
  • Cares less about their personal hygiene and grooming
  • Sleeps all day or at odd hours
  • Secretive with activities out of the home
  • Unusual rubbish items (medicine bottles/packets)


It is best to recover from addiction to benzodiazepines such as Xanax with the support of a specialist team to make sure it is done in the safest possible way.

If you are worried about withdrawing, our drug detoxification programme can help you take that essential first step on your path towards being free from your Xanax addiction. After detox, you can transition to our residential programme, where you will be able to address the factors that contributed to your addiction. During this time, you will also gain valuable skills to help you stay away from misuse in the future.

Following on from your time at Priory, you will continue to be supported by the team, who will be able to help you as you start your healthy new life.

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