Since Xanax is a very common prescription drug, it is difficult to believe its huge danger due to its comparatively short half-life. (The time it takes for the effects produced by the drug to peak) The shorter the half-life, the faster its effects.
As Xanax has such a short half-life, you can take the drug and start feeling good relatively quickly – usually in less than one hour. That´s why it is so dangerous. The effects of Xanax wear off almost as quickly as they come on. This increases the potential for both abuse and addiction. People are ready to take another dose as soon as they come down from the previoius one.
People often mix Xanax with other substances (Morphine,
OxyContin and Vicodin). Sometimes people blend it with methadone and heroin too. But the most dangerous combination is mixing Xanax with alcohol.
Xanax and Alcohol
Withdrawing from both alcohol and Xanax is very challenging. Addicts go through agitation, seizures, panic attacks and even delirium.
Xanax Dual Diagnosis
Sometimes, psychological disorders take place with another disorder. For example, someone could be suffering from both addiction to Xanax and drinking alcohol or panic disorder at the same time (dual diagnosis). In such cases, it is fundamental to avoid making one condition worse while treating the other.
The patient’s background determines how co-occurring disorders (such as bipolar disorder, anxiety or depression) are treated. If one disorder was a precursor to the other, treating the first condition may bring automatic relief of the second one.
Otherwise, we must treat both conditions simultaneously. At La Jolla Recovery, we do this with additional medications combined with interventional therapies. These are normally either group or individual talking therapies.