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Xanax and alcohol are a potentially fatal combination, and unfortunately, many people who have an addiction combine the two. Addiction is a powerful disease that can take over a person’s life and tear his or her family apart. The issue is that the disease of addiction progresses and eventually a person gets to the point of needing a stronger high. When the alcohol or Xanax alone is no longer doing what the person wants, he or she will combine the substances.
There are also many other reasons why a person will take Xanax and alcohol, and sometimes it’s for withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal from alcohol can have a variety of symptoms, and the person may use Xanax to help. With the symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol, a person can feel highly anxious, so they take Xanax. The problem is that the person is now experiencing a cross-addiction, which is much more dangerous.
There is a definite population of people on earth who have an addiction, and their brains function differently than normal. The design of the brain is to seek pleasure because it helps us survive. Our brain creates a priority list of what we need to survive and gives us stronger pleasure feelings for these things. The problem with addiction is that the brain will make the person’s substance of choice the top priority for survival.
If you’ve been wondering why you or your loved one can’t stop, it’s because the brain thinks it needs these substances. The brain gets to a point where Xanax and alcohol are now part of survival, which explains a lot about addictive behavior. Many people with an addiction get upset when confronted about their addiction because of the brain’s dependence on a substance. It’s also difficult for a person to be self-aware because he or she doesn’t know how to live without substances.
One of the most common reasons a person turns to Xanax when he or she suffers from alcoholism is the withdrawal. Many people with alcoholism are every day, working class individuals who need to function at work. Within about 8 hours of the last drink, a person can experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. Some of the common symptoms of withdrawal from alcoholism can include:
Many people with alcoholism aren’t honest with doctors or therapists about their drinking problem. He or she may go see a doctor and simply tell the doctor about his or her anxiety to get a prescription for Xanax. This turns into self-medicating, and it only makes the problem much worse than what it was. Without addressing the drinking problem, the person will continue to have these symptoms, and the Xanax won’t help much.
Both Xanax and alcohol are depressants that give a similar high, and a person may begin mixing alcohol with Xanax. What happens is that the Xanax is no longer providing the person with the sensation he or she is looking for. That person will find that drinking alcohol is a way to increase the effects of Xanax, but it’s very dangerous. When you’re taking two substances that depress the nervous system, you’re at a high risk of overdose.
Allow Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, help you to overcome your Xanax addiction and your alcohol addiction. Our addiction specialists are dedicated to helping people repair relationships with loved ones and regain control. We’re here to teach you that you no longer have to live this way if you don’t want to. Call now at 866.605.0532 to find out more about our program of recovery and how to start yours.