The Xanax ‘High’ and Addiction
Xanax and other benzodiazepines are among the most widely abused drugs available today.
Xanax is often abused for the fast-acting, relaxed “high” it can give to people who take it, including people without a prescription.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), benzodiazepines like Xanax were responsible for most of the emergency-room visits attributed to central nervous system depressants in 2009.
Long-term abuse and addiction to Xanax is associated with depression, psychotic experiences, and aggressive or impulsive behavior, according to the Coalition Against Drug Abuse.