Xanax is the brand name of the drug alprazolam, a sedative controlled substance that is often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax works with the brain helping to balance out chemicals that may be causing anxiety. Because this specific drug is known to be habit-forming, it will rarely be prescribed to those with a known history of substance abuse. There are many known drug interactions – therefore Xanax should only be taken by the individual to whom it was prescribed and it should never be taken in conjunction with another chemical substance. Some will use Xanax as a “party drug”, mixing it with alcohol or opioids to enhance its calming effects. Mixing alprazolam and alcohol can lead to life-threatening complications such as respiratory depression, black outs, and coma. Mixing the drug with any kind of opioid is also extremely risky and can result in slowed breathing, extreme tiredness, disorientation, coma, and death.
Those who take Xanax will usually only be prescribed a small amount or be instructed to take the drug at the onset of a panic attack – not every day. If Xanax is taken regularly then ceased use may result in withdrawal symptoms. Oftentimes individuals will turn to using more of the drug in order to combat symptoms of withdrawal – a vicious cycle that will likely lead to dependency. If you or someone close to you has been abusing Xanax or has been grappling with a Xanax addiction reach out to us today and get started on the path to recovery.