Is Xanax Freeze Dried Alcohol?

Is Xanax Freeze Dried Alcohol?


Written By: Fiona Stockard

Benzodiazepines, or benzo’s for short, are prescription drugs used for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. They can be prescribed “as needed” and, due to their almost immediate effects, have a high potential for abuse[1].

Benzodiazepine produce neural activity in GABA receptors. GABA is the most prominent inhibitory neurotransmitter[2]. Interestingly, GABA receptors aren’t only the primary site of action of benzo’s, but also barbiturates and alcohol[3].

In fact, benzo’s and alcohol are so similar that benzodiazepine are regularly prescribed for alcohol withdrawals. Benzo’s are sometimes called alcohol in pill form, or “freeze dried” alcohol[4].


freeze dried alcohol

Though benzodiazepines are prescribed over long periods of time, and some regular users report taking them for years, there’s little evidence they retain any of their effectiveness after four to six months[5]. In fact, regular use of these drugs can actually worsen symptoms being treated, after the body has developed a tolerance.

Developing a benzo addiction can happen pretty quickly, based on dosage, duration of therapy, and potency of the particular benzo. Some benzo’s, think alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan), are fast acting and can produce physical dependence in as little as a month!

Some signs and symptoms of benzo dependence are feeling unable to function without the drug, unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop use, tolerance to their effects, and withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug.

Okay, enough of the technical stuff. The most interesting piece of information I found is that when someone has a benzo addiction, they usually have multiple other drug addictions! An estimated 80% of benzo abuse is part of poly-drug abuse, the most common combination being benzo’s and opioids[6].

Many alcoholics and addicts report using benzo’s to enhance their drug of choice. This mix can be deadly, as mixing depressants can have strong effects on the central nervous system. If you think you’re addicted to benzodiazepines, I highly recommend that you try a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You may be surprised!

On a personal level, the first time I tried benzos I experienced the “I’ve arrived” feeling many people describe when talking about their first drink. It was a sense of relief I’d never experienced before. I remember thinking to myself “as long as I do this for the rest of my life, I’ll be okay.”

Find out if you’re addicted to Benzo’s

[1] Longo LP, Johnson B. “Addiction: Part I. Benzodiazepines – Side Effects, Abuse Risk and Alternatives” Am Fam Physician 61 (7) (2000): 2121-2128. Web.

[2]Longo LP, Johnson B. (2000)

[3] Longo LP, Johnson B. (2000)

[4] Doweiko, Harold. Concepts of Chemical Dependency. Cengage Learning, 2014. Print.

[5] Longo LP, Johnson B. (2000)

[6] Longo LP, Johnson B. (2000)

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