Xanax is a medication prescribed by physicians for generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and other conditions such as seizures or alcohol withdrawal. However, most physicians don’t prescribe for the long term, but some may depending on your situation. If you regularly take Xanax and alcohol, then there is the potential for polysubstance abuse. This problem is far greater than people realize. Let’s take a closer look at how this could impact you.
The Effects of Xanax
Both Xanax and alcohol are depressants. As stated above, Xanax is usually used for anxiety disorders. It has a calming effect on the central nervous system. In addition, it has a sedating effect on the brain. When you take Xanax, it kicks in relatively quick to make you feel relaxed and at ease. In other words, your anxiety melts away.
How Does Xanax Work?
Xanax has the effect that it does by working on the brain’s neurotransmitter called GABA. The GABA is the brain’s natural way of calming you down, but it doesn’t always do it just the way we want it to or when we need it to. That’s because we have other chemicals in the brain that may work against it. Xanax enhances the GABA chemicals so that you get a boost of sedation relatively quick. However, over time, you begin to rely on false calmness and become dependent on them.
Xanax and Alcohol
Mixing Xanax and alcohol is a dangerous combination because alcohol is also a depressant. It works on the brain and the central nervous system. When you take two depressants, your breathing becomes more shallow, which is dangerous. Another problem with putting these two together is that each one magnifies the other one. In other words, you get a much greater effect. Some of the effects of mixing the two include:
- Extreme drowsiness
They also include:
- Passing out
- Slow pulse
- Lack of coordination
Find Hope at First Step Center
At First Step Center, our professional staff is dedicated to showing you how to find the path to happiness and sobriety. We offer kindness and compassion as we administer powerful rehab solutions. Our broad range of therapies are evidence-based so you will have the best outcome. Some of our treatment programs include:
- Family therapy program
- 12 step program
- Group therapy program and Individual therapy program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy program
- Dialectical behavioral therapy program
- Psychotherapy program and Neurofeedback therapy program
Don’t let Xanax and alcohol ruin your journey in life. You can be happy and serene with the right program. You can overcome the issues of drug addiction by seeking treatment for healing. Find help today by contacting us at 866.832.6398, and we’ll get you on the pathway to hope.