Xanax and alcohol are a potentially deadly mix. When ingested alone, alcohol or Xanax have severe risks of abuse, addiction, and other harmful consequences. When used in small amounts, these substances still present a risk of addiction and potential lethal overdose. If you are suffering from an addiction to Xanax and alcohol, Memphis Recovery Centers’ Xanax addiction treatment center can help.
Is your family member or loved one experiencing an issue with mixing alcohol and Xanax? Memphis Recovery Centers offers treatment options that help you or your family members start your new life without abusing drugs and alcohol.
Dangers of Xanax Abuse
Xanax belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, sometimes referred to as ‘benzos.’ Xanax quickly became a commonly prescribed anti-anxiety mediation, leading to the risk of more people abusing the drug and possibly becoming addicted to it. An article by a PEW staff writer reveals that between 1996 and 2013, the number of individuals that filled a benzodiazepine prescription increased from 8 million to nearly 14 million people.
Physicians write prescriptions for Xanax to treat anxiety or panic disorders. Xanax is meant as a short-term solution for those conditions. The American Family Physician (APF) points out that many of the people that use Xanax daily use it for non-medical reasons.
When an individual continues to take Xanax, takes more than prescribed, or mixes Xanax with alcohol or other drugs, there are several potentially serious consequences.
The APF also points out that people often underestimate the amount of impairment that occurs with benzodiazepines. There is a risk of cognitive decline, depression, slowed brain activity, psychotic experiences, addiction, and death. Mix Xanax with alcohol and the risks and dangers increase dramatically. Luckily, dual diagnosis treatment programs at Memphis Recovery Centers treat both the emotional and physical issues of addiction, helping you overcome the root of your problem, not just the symptoms of your drug addiction.
Risks and Dangers of Combining Xanax and Alcohol
Combining alcohol with any drug presents certain dangers. When you mix Xanax with alcohol, there are a variety of risks, consequences, and grave dangers.
Do you take Xanax because of the calming, fast-acting high that you experience? Do you add alcohol to Xanax, assuming that you will have an even better experience when you use the two substances together? While it may seem like a good idea at the time, you put your body at risk of harmful consequences.
The body handles Xanax differently if you have an alcohol use disorder. An inpatient alcohol rehab center provides a personalized alcohol addiction plan, unique to you, with therapy and treatment options aimed to heal your alcohol and Xanax drug addiction.
Some effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol include:
- Decreased motor and mental functioning
- Reduced or difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
- Impaired judgment
- A dangerous slowdown of heart rate possibly resulting in coma or accidental death
When researchers conducted a study on the effects of Xanax and alcohol, the results showed that participants experienced signs of increased hostility and behavioral aggression. Study participants that received both alcohol and Xanax also exhibited increased sedation.
How Do I Get Help For Xanax and Alcohol Addiction?
Make the decision to get help for your addiction to alcohol and Xanax. Take the critical step towards receiving the support you need for your alcohol and Xanax addiction by undergoing a comprehensive assessment. Receive Xanax addiction treatment at a facility where the staff has the expertise to create an individualized treatment program based on your needs and goals.
Gain access to a variety of treatment and addiction therapy services in a program that allows you to progress in your treatment at your own pace. Receive your medicine at a treatment center where clients are treated with dignity.
One reason that some people likely hesitate when considering a treatment program is the fact that they do not know anything about the treatment center. Memphis Treatment Centers has 40 years of experience in addiction treatment, helping clients through their recovery and aftercare.
Contact us at 866.304.8254 and learn how you can start your recovery today. Reclaim your life, free of Xanax, alcohol, or other drugs.