Once it’s reached a more intense level, the user begins to feel dizzy and usually common activities, like buttoning a shirt and saying their own name, become difficult tasks. “Maybe the most important thing of all is, if you take it every day for a couple of months, you become physically dependent on it and you have withdrawal if you suddenly stop it,” Broaddus said.“And if you’ve built up a significant dependence on it and you suddenly stop, you can go into a potentially fatal seizure.These cases of denial not only hurt the addict, but also put a serious strain on their family dynamics.
It’s like they are dead, but somehow still moving while on the drug. Not to mention having to worry about whether or not they will wake up the next morning.” Witnessing this experience of addiction not only made up her mind about the drug, but it also allowed her a chance to reevaluate the way she was living her life.
“After seeing the awful effect it had on [my brother], I did a complete 180,” Charlotte said.
’ I knew, but didn’t fully realize, I wouldn’t have a memory of that night.” Like many people in her circumstance, this user was unaware of the danger surrounding the drug.
The idea of addiction, withdrawal or even overdose never crossed her mind.
“There has been an increase in Xanax abuse [in school] lately,” Hubbell said.