Xanax is the most common brand name for alprazolam, which physicians use to treat panic attacks as well as anxiety. While Xanax has legitimate medical benefits, people often abuse it. Xanax abuse can lead to addiction, as well as severe side effects. Using Xanax and alcohol at the same time is even worse, and the combination can cause countless problems.
Xanax and Alcohol Can Depress Respiration
Xanax is a depressant, which is why it’s able to work so well to combat anxiety. However, it also depresses the respiratory system. In large doses, Xanax can make it harder to breathe.
Combining alcohol with Xanax only makes this worse. Individuals are more likely to see a significant decrease in their ability to breathe comfortably. Shallow or labored breathing is common. This can lead to discomfort, but also to life-threatening health problems.
Memory Loss Issues
Large amounts of Xanax have the potential to impact short-term memory. After taking Xanax, it can feel like just a few minutes have gone by, even if it has been several hours. Adding alcohol to the equation compounds the effects.
Taking alcohol and Xanax at the same time can lead to significant memory loss. Individuals may have hours lapse without being able to remember them. There’s evidence to suggest that it can impact both short-term and long-term memory.
Impaired Coordination Can be Severe
One of the most common Xanax side effects is poor coordination. When people take Xanax, even for legitimate medical reasons, they may not be able to drive or even function at 100%. The addition of alcohol to the equation makes matters much worse.
Consuming both alcohol and Xanax may lead to blurred vision and slurred speech. Users risks of falling over or being involved in an accident also increase significantly.
Increased Risk for Overdose
A person struggling with a Xanax addiction is always at risk for an overdose. That risk only increases when he or she adds in alcohol consumption.
To start, alcohol can cause people to forget that they already took their Xanax. It can also make people feel like the effects haven’t kicked in yet. This means people are more likely to consume larger doses of Xanax. This kind of consumption can rapidly lead to an overdose.
Additionally, taking this combination can increase tolerance faster. This speeds up the development of an addiction and contributes to the increased risk of an overdose.
Treating an Addiction to Xanax
If you have a Xanax addiction or any other benzodiazepine addiction, you’ll struggle with side effects whether or not you also consume alcohol. The only way to get rid of them for good is with addiction treatment. This process starts with a detox and then continues through a range of treatment methods like:
- Individual and group therapy
- Dual diagnosis care
- 12-Step and support meetings
- Relapse prevention education
- Holistic and fitness therapies
End the cycle of Xanax and alcohol consumption through addiction treatment. At The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California, you can start working toward the life you deserve. Begin recovery by calling 866-323-4665.