Anxiety can be crippling and cause people to feel consistently out of control which can make them more likely to abuse tranquilizers. Doctors often prescribe tranquilizers to treat panic attacks and constant feelings of anxiety. However anxiety patients may use tranquilizers in ways other than prescribed to self-medicate symptoms of anxiety disorders. The following are some ways in which symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to tranquilizer abuse:
- Control issues: Anxiety can be sporadic and unexpected, making people feel as if they may begin to panic at any moment. This unsettling feeling can encourage them to try to prevent these emotions through self-medication. They may begin taking more tranquilizers than directed to avoid the onset of anxiety.
- Sleeping problems: One of the main complaints of people suffering from anxiety disorders is that anxiety keeps them from being able to wind down at the end of the day and fall asleep or prevents them from staying asleep. Not getting enough sleep contributes to their levels of anxiety. Taking more drugs than directed for the sole intention of trying to sleep can lead to addiction.
- Intensity of attacks: The intensity of an anxiety attack can vary depending on the situation. When an anxiety attack occurs that is stronger than normal, a person may choose to take more tranquilizers to cope with the attack.
Tranquilizers can include Xanax, Ativan and Valium, all of which are highly addictive.
Signs of Tranquilizer Abuse
The side effects of tranquilizer abuse can put the user in a highly dangerous situation. There are many side effects of tranquilizer abuse such as the following:
- Slowed breathing
- Loss of memory
If an anxiety disorder goes untreated, it is possible that the development of a tranquilizer addiction can become life threatening. The continued use of tranquilizers not only covers up the problem, but also allows the user to continue to remain untreated while developing a serious problem. The combination of both anxiety and addiction can prove to be deadly.
Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer Abuse Help
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