Scientists make Xanax out of alprazolam. Doctors prescribe this drug as an alternative to Valium. Unfortunately, some people use Xanax and alcohol together to achieve a heightened sense of relaxation or euphoria. Once someone has an addiction to these substances, the right rehab can help with their recovery journey.
What Is Xanax?
Doctors use Xanax to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is a kind of benzodiazepine. This type of tranquilizer medication works to depress the central nervous system. By depressing the nervous system, Xanax is able to reduce the symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders.
The Dangers of Xanax and Alcohol
Xanax causes a tranquilizing or sedative effect on the mind. It can also cause a sense of euphoria. Meanwhile, low doses of alcohol cause a sense of stimulation. At high doses, alcohol leads to feelings of relaxation or sedation.
Xanax and alcohol both work with the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter in the mind. This can cause a release of serotonin and dopamine. People take both drugs at once to achieve synergistic effects that lead to euphoria and intense relaxation. Unfortunately, this drug combination can also cause side effects like reduced motor reflexes or lethargy.
When someone takes this combination together, it can cause unconsciousness or even comatose states. Because the liver metabolizes alcohol before most other substances, people who drink alcohol and take Xanax will eliminate Xanax at a slower rate from their bodies. This can lead to a toxic buildup of Xanax.
If someone takes alcohol and Xanax, it can cause extreme fatigue. Since these drugs can cause someone’s blood pressure to fall, the individual may feel lightheaded or dizzy. They may also feel a sense of lethargy and find it difficult to think. Sometimes, the individual has problems remembering things or concentrating.
When someone is under the influence of alcohol and Xanax, they may become irritable or aggressive. They may suffer from cognitive symptoms like feeling mentally fuzzy. Because of the way these substances interact in the mind, the individual will have issues forming new memories. This can lead the individual to blackout. In serious cases, individuals may experience breathing problems, decreased oxygen flow to the brain, heart problems, kidney damage or an overdose.
Getting Help for an Addiction
Mixing Xanax and alcohol is unhealthy. It can also be a potentially life-threatening decision. Once someone realizes they need help, an alcohol rehab for men in Texas can help them get the care they need.
At the rehab center, clients can get help through therapies and options such as:
- Detox and residential programs
- Inpatient and outpatient options
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Alumni work and sober living options
- Individual therapy program, group therapy program and family therapy program
- Ropes courses therapy, yoga therapy program and art therapy program
If you have an addiction to Xanax and alcohol, the Santé Center for Healing is here to support your recovery process. We have years of experience in helping clients detox from substance abuse and successfully complete rehab. From initial evaluation to transitional living homes, we can help with all stages of your treatment. Find out more about our programs by calling us today at 866.238.3154.