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.
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?
Xanax and Alcohol Effects
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?
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.
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