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The Danger of Mixing Xanax and Alcohol

Mixing Xanax and Alcohol

Xanax and Alcohol Lighthouse RecoveryWhen Brittney was a sophomore in college, she experienced anxiety for the first time. After visiting multiple doctors to rule out other causes of her ill-feelings, her family doctor determined anxiety was the cause and sent her back to school with a script for Xanax.

It wasn’t long before Brittney and her friends were popping Xanax before drinking and going out. They would jokingly wash the pills down with beer and say things like “Good night” and “See you tomorrow”, knowing how the combination would impact their memory and induce blacking out.

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Combining Xanax and alcohol may seem like a fun night out, but we’re going to shed some light on the dangers and what it actually does to your body, and ask yourself this – is it worth it?

Taking Xanax and alcohol can be deadly.

Let’s talk a little bit about Xanax and what it is used for. Xanax is categorized as a benzodiazepine, a class of drugs that does things like controls seizures, reduces anxiety, relieves insomnia, and helps muscle spasms. It is fast-acting in calming the activity of the central nervous system and depresses vital functions of the body. Because of this, if it is taken with another drug, like alcohol, that has the same effect, the consequences can cause an individual to stop breathing, their heartbeat to slow, etc.

Combining alcohol and Xanax exaggerates the effects of both, causing severe drowsiness, clumsiness, and lack of coordination. Therefore, the risks of car accidents, or any kind of accidents, including falls, goes up significantly. Taking Xanax along with any other drug increases the risk of depressing your breathing, especially once asleep, which can lead to unintentional death, or overdose.

What Happens In Your Body After Taking Xanax and Alcohol?xanax and alcohol

Cognitively, Xanax and alcohol makes your memory super foggy, so it is easy to forget how many pills you have taken, or drinks you have had, leading to possible overdose. Besides that, Xanax and alcohol are digested by the same liver enzymes, which means that when both are present in your body, it sends your liver into overdrive and it struggles to keep up. Because of this, both substances can stay in your system for longer.

Because of the serious effects Xanax combined with alcohol has on your body, there are many severe physical consequences. Addiction to both drugs is extremely likely, and both can create severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them, like seizures, anxiety, and delirium.

Xanax and Alcohol – Avoid the Combo

Educating yourself on drug interactions is step one in avoiding bad consequences. Doctor labels that say things like “avoid alcohol while taking this medication” are written for a reason, because extensive research has been done to show the negative effects.

Like Brittney and her college friends – what seems like “fun” can turn into a messy situation – either accidental death or long-term addiction. It simply isn’t worth it. If you have found yourself in a situation where you are abusing multiple drugs like Xanax and alcohol, reach out to get help as soon as possible.

What Are Tranquilizers?

What Are Tranquilizers?

Tranquilizers are a classification of chemical substance that are typically professionally prescribed, and act as central nervous system depressants. They include barbiturates and benzodiazepines, and are typically prescribed to treat conditions such as tension, sleep disorders, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, and acute anxiety disorders. Some common brands of tranquilizer include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Quaaludes. Unfortunately, tranquilizers have an extremely high likelihood of abuse, and many who are prescribed the medications to treat diagnosed disorders will begin abusing them at one point or another. The neurological pathways within the brain begin to shift and alter with continued use, leaving those who consistently take barbiturates and benzodiazepines for extended periods of time with lasting psychological changes that could increase the risk of eventual dependency. As the reward pathways within the brain begin to shift, users begin mentally and physically depending on the drugs to keep their minds and their bodies in normal functioning order. If you believe that you or someone you love has been abusing prescription tranquilizers, it is wise to seek professional help as quickly as possible. Tranquilizer dependency can be emotionally, physically, and mentally devastating, and can lead to overdose-related fatality if not treated effectively and immediately.

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Short-Term Effects of Tranquilizer Abuse

Most prescription tranquilizers cause feelings of euphoria in users when taken in large doses, and have significant impacts on proper cognitive functioning. Slurred speech, impaired reaction time, and decreased heart rate are all common short-term side effects of tranquilizer abuse. When one initially begins taking a prescribed tranquilizer, it is normal and expected for him or her to feel sleepy, sluggish, fatigued, and relatively disoriented for several days. As the brain becomes used to the presence of this specific chemical, these symptoms are likely to completely disappear. However, abuse of this chemical substance entails that an amount far greater than that which was initially prescribed is being consumed. Consuming large quantities of barbiturates or benzodiazepines can lead to impaired judgment, memory loss, feelings of irritability and short-temperedness, paranoia, and even suicidal ideations in some cases. If an individual consumes tranquilizers in conjunction with another chemical substance, namely alcohol, he or she puts him or herself at risk of respiratory failure and even death.

Long-Term Effects of Tranquilizer Abuse

Prolonged abuse of prescription tranquilizers will often lead to physical and mental dependence. Once dependence occurs, it will be impossible for an individual to abruptly cease use without experiencing severe and potentially lethal symptoms of withdrawal. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be fatal, seeing as many individuals experience life-threatening symptoms such as seizure, heart attack, stroke, or coma. Once addiction occurs in a user, he or she will continue using despite negative consequences – resulting in an unmanageable amount of interpersonal, work-related, and health issues. If you or someone you know is battling an addiction to prescription tranquilizers of any kind, help is available. Please contact one of our trained representatives today to find out how to take the first step towards recovery.

Prescription Pills & Murder: The Surprising Link

Are You More Likely to “Snap” if You Take Prescription Drugs?

Researchers from Europe have discovered an unsettling trend between taking prescription medication and committing homicide.

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The new study, published in the scientific journal World Psychiatry , links a number of different medications with significantly increased rates of homicide. Although scientists have long suspected there was some link between prescription drugs and violence, that link has remained unproven until now.

The drugs in question are none other than benzo’s, opioids, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatory painkillers (think Aspirin and other OTC pain pills). Find exactly how much these medications increase homicide below.

It’s worth noting that although this study took place in Finland, researchers believe it mirrors current drug trends in America. That is, if the same study were conducted tomorrow in New York, California, or any other state, the results would be identical.

A final caveat before getting into the numbers – this latest study suggests correlation but not causation. It doesn’t prove that if someone is prescribed or abuses a certain drug, say Xanax, that they’ll be more likely to commit murder.

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The Facts on Prescription Drugs & Homicide

Scientists from Finland studied over 900 men and women in their research. Although there was a diverse age range (between thirteen and eighty-eight), all individuals shared one common thread – they’d been convicted of committing murder.

For each individual studied, researchers constructed a control group. The control was comprised of over 9,000 individuals of the same age, gender, and geographic location as the test group. The only difference was those in the control group hadn’t committed homicide.

Researchers also gathered data about all participants’ medication use over a seven-year period, as well as examining police records, mental health records, and anecdotal evidence.

What were the findings? Well, according to scientists

  • Antidepressants (Paxil, Effexor, Prozac, etc.) increase the risk of committing homicide by 31%
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  • Benzo’s (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.) increase the risk of committing homicide by 45%
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  • Opioid painkillers (Vicodin, Percocet, Roxicodone, etc.) increase the risk of committing homicide by 92%
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  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers (Aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.) increase the risk of committing homicide by 200%
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    While those numbers are all surprisingly high, it’s the antidepressant information that shocked researchers the most. Many people, including scientists and public officials, had linked antidepressants to violent behavior. While this is true, to a point, it’s clear they present far less of a risk than benzo’s, opioids, or anti-inflammatory medications.

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    Why Do RX Drugs Increase Violence So Much?

    That’s the million-dollar question. Why does taking these pills make people more likely to commit murder?

    Unfortunately, there’s not an easy answer. The researchers who conducted this latest study believe it may have something to do with how benzo’s and opioids impact the brain. Benzo’s are thought to “weaken” impulse control and opioids are thought to “dull” emotional response.

    While both those explanations make good sense, there’s no hard evidence to support them. Plus, they don’t account for the staggering increase in homicide posed by anti-inflammatory drugs.

    I have a personal theory that the lifestyle of someone abusing benzo’s or opioids plays a part. Speaking from experience, committing crimes to feed an addiction to prescription drugs can lead to unforeseen consequences. While I never took a life in active addiction, I did find myself in uncomfortable and sometimes violent situations.

    Still, that doesn’t account for OTC painkillers impact on homicide rates. Nothing I can think of accounts for that 200% increase. For now, it seems more research needs to be done. Let’s just hope that happens quickly.

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    How Do You Get Addicted to Prescription Drugs?

    Parents’ Medicine Cabinets are Drug Dealers!

    There are a million ways people end up addicted to drugs. Boredom, peer pressure, addiction runs in the family…the list goes on and on.

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    There’s one way in particular, though, that many adolescents and young adults end up addicted to prescription drugs. I’m talking about swiping them from friends and family, about the newest drug dealer – your medicine cabinet.

    Look, I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but the risk of young people taking painkillers, benzo’s, or stimulants from family members’ medicine cabinets is a very real danger.

    Consider that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 23% of all teenager painkiller abusers get the drugs from friends of relatives. While not all of these will be taken from an unsuspecting bathroom, a large portion will.

    It’s vital that parents do everything they can to keep prescription drugs from their children. It’s that simple. So, with that in mind, find some easy to implement tips below!

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    Talk to Your Children

    This is the first step many parents and loved ones take – and for good reason! There’s no better way to educate adolescents about prescription opioid or benzo abuse than to talk to them openly and honestly.

    If you experimented with drugs or alcohol in the past, don’t hide it. Rather, use your experiences to highlight the dangers inherent to drug abuse and addiction. It won’t be an easy conversation, but it may be just what your teen needs to hear!

    Of course, talking only goes so far. Maybe you have a child who’s actively using. Maybe they’ve started down that path and aren’t too far-gone. That’s where this next tip comes in.

    Lock Your Meds Up

    Prescription medication is incredibly dangerous. Consider that opioids now kill more people each year than car crashes, murders, or plane crashes. Consider that every day, every single day, forty-four people die from a prescription opioid overdose.

    For those reasons and many others, it’s a good idea to lock up your medicine. This is true for medication you’re currently taking and for older, expired pills you may still have.

    Following this line of thinking, it’s also a good idea to lock up your liquor cabinet. It isn’t easy to do either of these and it may hurt your child’s feelings (“what do you mean you can’t trust me?”), but it may also save a life.

    What’s more important?

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    Dispose of Meds Properly

    Remember those old, expired pills I just mentioned? Well, it’s a good idea to get rid of them instead of keeping them around.

    There’s a right way and a wrong way to dispose of unused pills though. For example, don’t flush them down the toilet. While that removes the pills from your house, it also contaminates local water supplies.

    Did you know that male fish in Canada have actually developed female sexual tissue as a result of women flushing birth control pills down the toilet? It may sound funny, but I promise you I’m not joking. There have been studies done that confirm the dangers of flushing medication.

    There are numerous guidelines on how to best dispose of old meds. Find some from the FDA here.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you do to keep your children safe from prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, and the like. All that matters is you’re doing something.

    Taking the first step is often the hardest. If you’re struggling with a child abusing drugs, reach out for help! There are hundreds of options across the country. There’s one that’ll be perfect for your family’s particular situation.

    The largest painkiller operation ever was just carried out by the DEA!

    The Largest Painkiller Bust in History Just Happened

    No More Pill Mills?

    The morning of May 20th started just like any other for unscrupulous doctors in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. They woke up on their piles of blood money, got into their insanely expensive cars, and drove to work at “clinics” and “offices.”

    Once at work, they sat back on their alligator skin chairs, drank coffee from solid gold mugs, and dreamt up new ways to overprescribe opioids. Then the DEA came a-knocking.

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    Okay, that’s a bit melodramatic and over the top, but it’s closer to reality than many realize. Since the early 2000’s many doctors have been prescribing opioids and benzo’s for one reason and one reason only – to make money.

    They’re handing out pills like candy and getting paid… while also ruining lives and causing a nationwide painkiller epidemic. Over time, thanks to stricter regulations and prescription monitoring services, the painkiller epidemic morphed to the heroin epidemic.

    Well, the DEA has finally had enough. On May 20th, over 1,000 agents raided offices and pharmacies across Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. This raid was the culmination of a fifteen month long campaign called “Operation Pilluted.”

    Pilluted is the single biggest pharmaceutical operation the DEA has ever conducted and, so far, has resulted in close to 300 arrests.

    It’s also had vigorous backing and support from the states involved. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, a former dermatologist, had the following to say,

    “When they [doctors] choose to overprescribe narcotics to patients, and they know that these patients may be or are abusing them, then they change from being a physician to really being a drug dealer” (NBC News).

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    Details on Operation Pilluted

    The largest prescription painkiller bust in DEA history was juts conducted…now what? Well, before looking to the future, let’s look at what exactly this operation entailed.

    Operation Pilluted was the umbrella name of the DEA’s recent efforts to dismantle the supply and illegal distribution of opioids and benzodiazepines. For those who are unaware, opioids are drugs like oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, etc.), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine, and Fentanyl. Benzo’s are drugs like alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan).

    The DEA was only interested in those supplying the pills. They chose to focus their efforts on doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals. They didn’t target those addicted to these drugs and, to the best of my knowledge, didn’t arrest any users for possession.

    Overall, forty-eight people were arrested on May 20th alone. Twenty-two were from Louisiana, nine from Alabama, nine from Arkansas, and eight from Mississippi.

    The crooked doctors and pharmacies that survived “P Day” without jail time weren’t left completely alone. Over thirty-five medical practitioners were forced to give up their DEA registration numbers, which means they can no longer prescribe controlled medication.

    Despite the large number of arrestees coming from Louisiana, Arkansas has historically been the epicenter of painkiller abuse. In fact, since 2014, over half of all DEA prescription drug arrests have occurred in Arkansas.

    Christopher Thyer, a Federal Prosecutor from Arkansas, stated that 146 million hydrocodone pills are distributed in his state each year. He went on to state that this is enough hydrocodone to give forty-two pills to each man, woman, and child in Arkansas (NBC News).

    That’s simply unacceptable. What makes matters even worse is how some of these “doctors” operate. DEA agents confiscated four loaded guns and a money counter from one Arkansas doctor’s office. Among those arrested was one man who, according to agents, was tasked with recruiting homeless individuals to file unneeded prescriptions.

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    The Future of Painkiller Abuse in America

    It’s safe to say Operation Pilluted shook up the landscape of painkiller abuse. The DEA picked a smart tactic – focus on the supply and arrest only those involved in prescribing and distributing opioids and benzo’s.

    Still, the question lingers, what now? Will this end the painkiller epidemic? What about the heroin epidemic? What about more and more young people overdosing? How can we stop all that?

    Unfortunately, substance abuse in America isn’t going to be solved by operations, crackdowns, or arrests. Substance abuse in America isn’t going to go away until we address the demand portion of drug use. That is to say the problem isn’t going to get better until we increase access to drug treatment.

    No one wants to grow up to be an addict. The sad fact is that many do. Men and women become addicted for a million and one reasons. One of these is doctors overprescribing painkillers. There are still a million other reasons though.

    So, while I applaud the DEA for the scope of their operation, I say that we need more! We need more treatment centers, better access to treatment centers, and better clinical care.

    Once those are in place, the supply will dwindle on its own. It’s that simple.

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    Gambling with Death: Klonopin and Alcohol

    Klonopin and Alcohol

    Mixing Klonopin and alcohol is a deadly combination. It’s really that simple. Of course, knowing the why of something is different than learning the how.

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    So, today Lighthouse is going to answer the how of Klonopin and alcohol overdose. Are you struggling with benzo and alcohol abuse? Do you have a loved one who can’t stop taking pills, drinking, or both? Then this article is just for you.

    Sit back and learn what mixing Klonopin and alcohol is really like.

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    Klonopin and Alcohol Overdose

    Klonopin and alcohol overdose is more common than many people realize. This is due to the fact that both Klonopin and alcohol act on GABA receptors in the brain. This means they potentiate each other, making the combination stronger than the sum of its parts. Due to their potentiating effects, it takes less Klonopin and alcohol to produce an overdose when combined than it would separately.

    Add to this the fact that Klonopin and alcohol produce something called retrograde amnesia. This is the medical term for experiencing a blackout. Oftentimes someone will take Klonopin, drink alcohol, forget they took Klonopin, and take more. This leads to a Klonopin and alcohol overdose in no time.

    What does a Klonopin and alcohol overdose look like? Well, it’s characterized by dangerously decreased respiration, heartbeat, blood pressure, and a loss of coconsciousness. Other symptoms include: blurred and double vision, loss of motor skills, hallucinations, unresponsiveness, vomiting, and disorientation.

    Having covered the dangerous effects of a Klonopin and alcohol overdose, let’s look at the withdrawal symptoms associated with their use.

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    Klonopin and Alcohol Withdrawal

    As we’ve mentioned time and time again, Klonopin and alcohol withdrawal are both potentially fatal. This is due to the nature of how both chemicals interact with the brain and the central nervous system.

    klonopin and alcohol overdose

    Klonopin and alcohol withdrawal are essentially the same. Both have symptoms like vomiting, extreme anxiety and depression, irritability, aggressive behavior, and Grand mal seizure. Both should only be attempted in a medically supervised environment which employs a taper.

    Interestingly enough, Klonopin is often the drug of choice for both benzo and alcohol detoxes. This is due to its long half-life. Klonopin takes longer to reach peak effects and is metabolized by the body slower. This makes it, in theory at least, less abusable and better suited for detox.

    Of course, Klonopin as a detox tool doesn’t come without a fair share of risks. Klonopin is a benzo and, as such, is physically addicting. Even when a taper is correctly applied, individuals will often have to “detox from detox.”

    This raises the question of how to best offer Klonopin and alcohol treatment.

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    Klonopin and Alcohol Treatment

    How can treatment centers best help those who’re addicted to Klonopin, alcohol, or both? How can rehabs offer the best care when those entering their facility may still need to “detox from detox?”

    The answer is surprisingly simple. Klonopin and alcohol treatment is most effective when it’s comprehensive, single gender, and long-term. These are also the circumstances under which treatment for any type of addiction is most effective. It doesn’t matter if it’s Klonopin, alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or meth.

    To that end, if you or a loved one are struggling with Klonopin and alcohol addiction, give us a call today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. Our experienced and dedicated team of addiction professionals will share their experience, strength, and hope with you or your loved one.

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    An Instant Blackout & Overdose Pill

    Ativan and Alcohol

    Continuing our look at booze and benzo’s, this week we turn our attention to Ativan and alcohol. This dangerous combination can lead to a number of disastrous outcomes, the first of which is an almost instant blackout.

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    I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. We first need to examine what exactly Ativan is and why people mix it with alcohol to begin with.

    Ativan goes by the chemical name lorazepam and is a potent, immediate-duration benzodiazepine. This means it’s in the same chemical family as Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. Ativan and alcohol both affect the same neurotransmitter, GABA.

    As mentioned above, Ativan is one strong benzo. In fact, with the exception of Xanax, it’s the most potent benzo available. Also much like Xanax, it begins to produce effects almost immediately after ingestion.

    This rapid onset of action is due to Ativan’s short half-life. It’s metabolized by the body very quickly and achieves peak blood levels within an hour. This makes it the fastest acting oral benzo around and, arguably, more addictive than its brothers and sisters.

    This also makes mixing Ativan and alcohol dangerous for a number of reasons. We’ll explore some of them below.

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    Mixing Ativan and Alcohol

    As mentioned above, mixing Ativan and alcohol leads to an almost instant blackout. This is due to Ativan’s rapid psychoactive effects coupled with the amount of GABA being produced by the brain.

    Simply put, mixing Ativan and alcohol is dangerous because Ativan packs a punch and alcohol potentiates that punch. Both chemicals release GABA and, when mixed, are more than the sum of their parts. Alcohol also strains the liver, making it harder to clear the blood of Ativan. This leads to increased plasma levels of Ativan, which leads to more intoxication.

    So, why would anyone mix alcohol and Ativan? Well, the combination produces an incredibly strong high. For all the reasons just mentioned, lorazepam and booze are a potent mixture.

    They’re also incredibly dangerous. Find a detailed breakdown of the dangerous associated with Ativan and alcohol’s effects below.

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    Ativan and Alcohol Effects

    Ativan and alcohol effects include, among other things, decreased respiration, low blood pressure, confusion and disorientation, and intense intoxication.

    • Decreased Respiration

    Mixing Ativan and alcohol, two strong depressants, will immediately slow how quickly the body takes in oxygen. Combining the two tranquilizers sends signals to the brain to cut down on necessary bodily functions, including breathing.

    • Low Blood Pressure

    Also known as hypotension, low blood pressure is defined as any pressure under 90/60. Mixing Ativan and alcohol produces hypotension due to their sedative qualities. Just like the combination decreases respiration, it also makes the brain slow down the heartbeat and how quickly blood is moved throughout the body.

    These Ativan and alcohol effects are to be expected. Combining two strong tranquilizers will almost immediately distort how stimuli are perceived and interpreted. It’s also worth noting that GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter and one of Ativan and alcohol’s main effects is producing GABA in spades.

    • Intense Intoxication

    This is the “instant blackout” I mentioned above. Mixing Ativan and alcohol produces a dangerously strong high. In fact, the deadliest drug combination is Xanax and alcohol. This is only true because of Xanax’s popularity. The true deadliest drug combination, based on strength alone, is Ativan and alcohol.

    Is Mixing Valium and Alcohol Safe?

    Valium and Alcohol

    valium and alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that mixing Valium and alcohol is definitely not safe! In fact, it’s one of the deadliest drug combinations around. Valium and alcohol potentiate each other’s effects, which means they make each other stronger. So, not only are you dealing with the dangerous effects of benzo’s or booze on their own, you’re dealing with an exponentially stronger version of both!

    So no, mixing Valium and alcohol isn’t safe. It is, however, very popular with alcoholics and addicts the world over. I can safely attest to this being a recovering drug addict myself. I can’t count on one hand, and probably not on two, the number of times I mixed these drugs.

    When I was in active addiction, the dangers of mixing Valium and alcohol didn’t occur to me. The potentially deadly side effects were the furthest thing from my mind. Rather, I saw a quick and easy way to get a strong buzz.

    So, sit back and learn from my experience, strength, and hope as I share the in’s and out’s of Valium and alcohol.

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    Mixing Valium and Alcohol

    Like I mentioned above, the main reason people mix benzo’s and booze is to get a strong buzz. How do benzo’s and alcohol work though? Why, when they’re combined, are they more than the sum of their parts?

    The answer is simple enough. Mixing Valium and alcohol produces such a strong euphoria because they both work on the same neurotransmitter. Valium and booze both effect gamma-Aminobutyric acid, more commonly known as GABA.

    GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our central nervous system. For the non-scientifically inclined among us, that means it’s the most potent naturally occurring depressant in our bodies. It’s also, strangely enough, responsible for our body’s muscle tone.

    So, mixing Valium and alcohol produces large amounts of GABA. This leads to a whole host of euphoric, and many unwanted, side effects.

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    Valium and Alcohol Effects

    Here we come to why mixing benzo’s and alcohol is so dangerous. The combination produces many unintended Valium and alcohol effects. These can range from mild to potentially life threatening.

    Find a list of Valium and alcohol effects below:

    • Poor Coordination & Motor Skills – this should come as no surprise. On it’s own, alcohol reduces coordination and motor skills. When mixed with Valium, alcohol seriously decreases coordination and motor skills.

    • Memory Problems & Blackouts – again, this should come as no surprise. Both Valium and alcohol produce blackouts on their own. Use of both will also lead to long and short-term memory issues. When mixing the two, something calling retrograde amnesia is common. This is basically a blackout that you don’t even remember having.

    • Reduced CNS Functioning – again, no surprises here. Alcohol is a CNS depressant. Valium is too. Both release large amounts of GABA, which is definitely a depressant. Decreased CNS Valium and alcohol effects include: shallow breathing, decreased respiration, weak heartbeat, dangerously low blood pressure, and the risk of losing consciousness.

    • Poor Decision Making – remember, GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our bodies. This means that, among other things, it lowers inhibitions. This can lead to dangerous decisions like driving under the influence, risky sexual behavior, taking more Valium or alcohol than is safe (i.e. overdose), or aggressive behavior.

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    Recovery from Valium and Alcohol

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    It’s plain to see that Valium and alcohol’s effects are dangerous at best and deadly at worst. It’s also plain to see that mixing Valium and alcohol is simply another way of playing Russian roulette. So, the million-dollar question becomes why? Why, despite the many dangers, do people continue to mix the two?

    The answer is as simple, and ultimately as complicated, as addiction itself. People mix Valium and alcohol because they’re addicted. That’s why I mixed them anyway. I knew that both chemicals were strong. I also knew that, when mixed, they became even stronger. So, of course I mixed them!

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    What’s the Deadliest Drug Combination?

    Xanax and Alcohol

    Mixing Xanax and alcohol is one of the deadliest drug combinations around. Consider the stupefied glaze that’s common to individuals under the influence of Xanax. Now, add into the equation a few drinks and it’s plain to see something bad is brewing.

    At the end of the day, I’m not a scientist or doctor. What I am is a recovering addict and alcoholic who’s had personal experience with the dangerous effects of Xanax and alcohol. I’d like to share my personal experience, as well as some interesting information I’ve learned about the numerous side effects of Xanax and alcohol.

    Without further ado, dear readers, find my story below.

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    Xanax, Alcohol & Car Crashes

    I was introduced to Xanax around the tender age of fifteen. A friend handed me a “bar,” or two milligram Xanax pill. I took it and felt my fear and anxiety melt away.

    Thus began my foray into Xanax addiction. I soon moved onto opioids, but Xanax always held a special place in my heart. Two years later, I decided to “cut back.” I stopped doing opioids and figured that alcohol, Xanax, and weed were still fair game.

    During this short-lived period, I was in no less than three car accidents. Each accident was sparked by mixing Xanax and alcohol. One particular crash involved four parked cars (which I sideswiped), one parked SUV (which I crashed into), and one minivan (which the SUV was pushed into). The police found me passed out over the steering wheel, with no idea what had happened.

    Thankfully, I was okay physically. Emotionally and mentally, though, I was a wreck. Not long after, I ended up in treatment. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Why did I mix Xanax and alcohol? Why, after seeing their harmful effects, did I continue to use them together?

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    Mixing Xanax and Alcohol

    The combination of Xanax and alcohol is more common than most people think. Teenagers looking for a quick and strong buzz, young adults who’re prescribed Xanax and drink with dinner, senior citizens who’re unaware of the dangers each chemical poses…the list goes on and on.

    So, why do people mix Xanax and alcohol? Well, it depends on the person. As mentioned above, some people are simply unaware of the dangers inherent to mixing benzo’s and alcohol. While there’s information available that highlights the deadly effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol, that information isn’t as prevalent as you might think.

    Other people are looking to alter the way they think and feel. That is, they’re looking to get high. It should come as no surprise that mixing a powerful tranquilizer pill and a powerful depressant beverage will produce a powerful euphoria. Of course, this euphoria doesn’t come without a price, but we’ll touch on that soon.

    Still other people are prescribed Xanax and refuse to alter their habits because of it. In this situation, it’s a case of individuals knowing the potential effects and choosing to engage in risky behavior regardless.

    So, what makes mixing Xanax and alcohol so deadly anyway?

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    Xanax and Alcohol Effects

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    Mixing Xanax and alcohol produces some serious nasty side effects. The first reason for this is that they’re both central nervous system depressants. That means that both Xanax and alcohol slow how the body sends, receives, and processes information. It also means they slow how the body carries out its tasks, things like breathing, making the heart beat, etc.

    So, the combination of these two chemicals leads to severe respiratory depression, an incredibly slowed heart rate, intense confusion, decreased reaction time, and an almost complete lack of motor skills.

    All of the above would account for my numerous car crashes while under the influence of Xanax and alcohol.

    Next, both substances work on the same neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. These are the GABA receptors. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our nervous system. So, mixing Xanax and alcohol actually potentiates each chemical. That is to say, mixing the two makes each individually stronger.

    I’d say by now we have a pretty good grasp on Xanax and alcohol effects. So, what can we do to change this pattern of dangerous drug use?

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    Changing Xanax and Alcohol Consumption

    The answer to affecting real change, on a personal or societal level, boils down to two things: personal responsibility and increased outreach.

    Personal responsibility first takes the form of individuals learning the dangers of mixing Xanax and alcohol. It then becomes about making better decisions. When dealing with addiction, rather than heavy use or abuse, making better decisions is tricky. After all, full-blown addiction removes choice from the equation.

    This is where increased outreach comes into play. Drug abuse foundations, institutions, and treatment centers need to actively reach out and educate the public. Through this outreach, individuals who’re frequently mixing Xanax and alcohol can get the help they so desperately need.

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. We’ll be more than happy to answer anything that’s on your mind.

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    How to Tell if Your Child is Using Pills

    Is Your Child Using Pills?

    Facing the fact that your child may be using pills isn’t easy. A child using any drugs is among the list of things parents hope never to hear. Still, as the prescription pill epidemic grows, a child or loved one using pills is difficult to ignore.

    Deaths due to prescription pill overdose now outnumber deaths due to automobile accidents. That’s a pretty frightening fact. It also makes it vitally important to learn if your child or loved one is abusing pills.

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    Fortunately, that’s where we at Lighthouse can offer a helping hand. We’ve compiled a list of the signs and effects of all types of pill use. Find detailed information and learn if your child, family member, or loved one is abusing pills today!

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    Signs of Pill Use

    Find a list of signs common to various pills below:

    • Opioids – these are a family of depressants that mimic the effects of heroin and other naturally occurring opiates. Opioid pills include: Codeine, Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone, morphine, methadone, and Suboxone. Signs of opioid use include: nodding off, small or pinned pupils, excessive scratching, constipation, and possession of opioid paraphernalia (pill crushers, tinfoil, empty pill bottles, and syringes).

    • Benzo’s – these are a family of tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents. Popular benzo’s include: Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Rohypnol. Signs of benzo use include: disorientation, slurred speech, trouble walking, and possession of benzo paraphernalia (pill crushers, straws or rolled up bills, and empty pill bottles).

    • Stimulants – stimulant pills are a class of drug that give users energy, alertness, and feelings of confidence. They include: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Vyvanse, Dexedrine, and Desoxyn. Signs of stimulant use include: excessive energy followed by a “crash,” dilated pupils, lack of appetitive, grinding of the teeth or jaw, and stimulant paraphernalia (similar to the paraphernalia listed above).

    • OTC pills – these are over the counter pills which can be purchased legally in pharmacies and supermarkets. OTC pills include DXM capsules, pseudoephedrine, and diet pills. Signs of OTC pill use include: disorientation, excessive energy, lack of appetite, and possession of OTC pill paraphernalia (similar to other paraphernalia listed above).

    Learn more about DXM abuse, diet pills, and pseudoephedrine.

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    Effects of Pills

    Find a list of effects common to various pills below:

    • Opioids – opioids are CNS depressants. As such, they decrease the functions of almost every major organ in the body. They produce euphoria, dull pain, make users drowsy, slow respiration and heart rate, cause constipation, and produce physical withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include: sweating, shaking, dysphoria, diarrhea, vomiting, Restless Leg Syndrome, bone pain, and muscle pain.

    • Benzo’s – benzo’s are CNS depressants and, like opioids, they decrease functioning of most organs. They activate the brain’s GABA receptors and closely mimic the effects of alcohol. They produce euphoria, decrease respiration and heart rate, make users drowsy, confused, and disoriented. Benzo’s are also physically addictive and have a host of nasty withdrawal symptoms. These include: shaking, sweating, depression, anxiety, seizure, and heart failure.

    • Stimulants – stimulants, as the name implies, are CNS stimulants. They increase the rate at which the body sends and receives messages. They produce euphoria, decrease appetite, and give users bursts of energy. They also put significant strain on the heart and kidneys. Stimulants aren’t physically addictive, but do produce a mental withdrawal. This includes strong drug cravings, extreme depression, and sleeping for extended periods of time.

    • OTC pills – over the counter pills affect the body in different ways. DXM is a CNS depressant, while pseudoephedrine and diet pills are CNS stimulants. DXM produces euphoria, hallucinations, disorientation, and confusion. Pseudoephedrine and diet pills produce euphoria, energy, and alertness. Much like stimulants, they also put strain on the heart and other major organs. OTC pills don’t produce physical withdrawals, but do cause depression and anxiety to occur after stopping their use.

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    What Do I Do if My Child is Using Pills?

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    If your child or loved one is using pills, the first thing to do is find out which pills they’re using. Your course of action depends on what specific pills your child has access to. After all, the effects of opioids and stimulants are very different. Therefore, seeking help for each is different.

    After learning what pills your child or loved one is abusing, it’s a good idea to gather more information. If they’re using opioids or benzo’s – are they physically addicted? If they’re using stimulants of OTC pills – how long have they been using? Regardless of which pills your child is using – how are they obtaining them? Do they want to stop? If so, what’s the best course of action?

    Finally, reach out to professionals. This can be as simple as calling your family doctor. It can also take the form of speaking to a treatment center. To that end, call Lighthouse. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Call us today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or1-(561)-381-0015.

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