What Is Xanax?
Xanax, which is a central nervous system depressant, falls in the benzodiazepine category of drugs. Common side effects of Xanax or alprazolam include vivid dreams, memory loss, drowsiness, irritability and other changes in mood, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, stuffy nose, euphoria, dry mouth, and more.
Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a prescription medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders such as anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since many individuals struggle with anxiety and panic disorders, Xanax is the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States.
Why People Use Xanax
Doctors prescribe Xanax to individuals who could benefit from its relaxing and calming properties. Since this medication promotes relaxation, it helps calm the body and mind. If someone has trouble sleeping, experiences unpleasant thoughts, or struggles with muscle tension or spasms, they could benefit from Xanax as well. If an individual takes too much of the drug they can become high on Xanax. It’s important to note that Xanax affects everyone differently and can be dangerous when misused or abused. The best way to take Xanax is according to the prescription. Since taking a high dose of Xanax can be potentially fatal, doctors usually start prescribing it at low doses to see how the patient’s body handles the medication.
How To Take Xanax
Alprazolam comes in multiple forms. You can find Xanax in the form of a tablet, an extended-release tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet, or a concentrated liquid solution. The liquid is typically administered with a dropper, whereas tablets are usually taken by mouth either with or without food. Tablets should be swallowed whole with water and should not be chewed or crushed into powdered Xanax. However, individuals who misuse or abuse Xanax may take it in a different way like snorting.
Dangers of Snorting Xanax
While it’s not recommended because of the dangers, a Xanax tablet can be crushed into powdered Xanax and then snorted. Snorting Xanax may produce a Xanax high or euphoric sensation. But on the other hand, snorting Xanax can make the drug less effective and could also lead to more intensified and unpleasant side effects. Snorting Xanax can also cause serious problems in the nasal passageway. If you snort any drugs, you may be at a higher risk for a more intense comedown and withdrawal symptoms.
Can Snorting Xanax Cause an Overdose?
Snorting Xanax could lead to drug abuse, drug addiction, or even a fatal overdose. Xanax poses a high threat of overdose because the effects of the drug, or a Xanax high, occur quickly after it’s taken. And the effects of snorting Xanax are even more intense than when it’s taken in pill form. You should seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know experiences seizures, memory loss, confusion, or blacking out after taking snorting Xanax.
Signs of Xanax Overdose
Overdosing on Xanax can be fatal if you take the drug with alcohol, opioids, or other drugs that cause drowsiness. Overdose symptoms can include severe drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, muscle weakness, loss of balance/coordination, feeling light-headed, double vision, slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, fainting, or even a coma. If you or someone you know may be experiencing the early signs of an overdose, it’s vital to seek medical attention immediately.
Using Xanax Safely
Xanax can be beneficial if it’s used responsibly. The best way to take Xanax is according to the prescription. This drug shouldn’t be snorted because of the dangers and negative effects of snorting Xanax. And it shouldn’t be combined with any other depressants, including alcohol or any other drugs. It’s important to tell your doctor if you have an allergic reaction or are taking any additional medications, including birth control. Also, you should let your doctor know if you experience any side effects of Xanax for more than three weeks. Additionally, withdrawal may occur if you suddenly stop taking Xanax. After stopping Xanax, withdrawal symptoms may last up to 12 months (or even longer). Some symptoms include anxiety, depression, memory issues, trouble sleeping, ringing in your ears, a burning feeling, or a crawling sensation under your skin.
Xanax Addiction Recovery at Steps to Recovery
If you’re struggling with an Xanax addiction, we’re here to help. At Steps to Recovery, we offer partial hospitalization treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient care with licensed recovery housing. Our treatment center programs are trauma-informed, individualized, and accredited by the Human Rights Campaign as a leader in providing LGBTQ+ services. Additionally, at our sister program, Silver Pines Treatment Center, we offer a drug detox program followed by residential addiction treatment.
Throughout all our programs, we provide individualized, person-centered care to help each client uncover the “why” behind their addiction and help them build foundational relationships that help answer the “how” in moving forward. Steps to Recovery’s therapy programs include:
- Addiction counseling
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family counseling
- Group therapy
To learn more about our Xanax addiction treatment, contact the Steps to Recovery team today at 267.719.8528.