Colorado Drug Rehab Expands its Hot-Line Coverage to Assist Students

Getting a prescription for Xanax to relieve your anxiety over the stress of university life has become a major addiction problem and Colorado Drug is expanding its counseling coverage to help those in need.

Online PR News – 29-April-2010 – – University students are naively taking xanax to ease the tensions in their lives.

The labeled use for Xanax indicates for tension, nervousness and panic attacks. Other than panic attacks, the other indicators are part of everyone's life and especially that of a young university student who is beginning to adjust to the rigors of independent adulthood. However, physicians and others whose tasks it is to provide drug education, are missing a target population that have found that Xanax will help them 'chill-out', as well as provide a party atmosphere, or 'high', when mixed with alcohol.

Counselors at Colorado Drug are learning about this problem in Boulder and Fort Collins where their hot line is getting calls from university students that are seemingly unaware of the addictive dangers of Xanax.

Xanax is the generic name for Alprazolam, which is a central nervous system depressant in the category of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which includes tranquilizers like Ativan, Valium and Librium.

Experience has shown that millions of people in America have been addicted to these types of medications, yet they are still being sold as non-habit forming.

The fact that three million people are taking benzodiazepines daily for over a year indicates that patients must be very aware and careful to not blindly follow the suggestions of physicians when it comes to 'medications' that are intended to change one's mood.

Xanax and to a lesser degree, Valium, not only cause a feeling of relaxation, but initially they cause a feeling of euphoria and enthusiasm, or a rush, that is followed by an artificial feeling of relaxation. Many have reported that after taking Xanax for one to two weeks, they began to have physical withdrawal symptoms, most commonly headaches that were only relieved by taking more of the drug. This addictive potential is more pronounced in Xanax than any of the other benzodiazepines.

Physicians in these university communities must become more aware and take a higher level of responsibility when they are prescribing mood-altering medication to otherwise healthy students that are complaining of stress-related problems. There are so many alternative recommendations that can assist a young student to learn how to deal with life on its own terms, rather than lending credence to the idea that people have chemical imbalances that require these types of drugs.

It is suggested that parents talk to their college-age children and let them know that there are substantial dangers in taking medications that may seem fairly benign to their peers and even to their doctors.

The counselors at Colorado Drug have expanded their hours to be available to provide drug education and awareness of the dangers that come with mood-altering medications.

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