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Xanax Stories

Since addiction is never on anyone’s radar of things to be or become, there is usually a surprise element associated with this experience.  As Caitlin Myers who remembered popping Xanax bars throughout every soccer game while in high school says in her xanax story… “I always wanted my life to be exciting… I never thought the story of my life would turn out like this.” What Myers means is that she never expected addiction to become part of her life story.  

These Xanax stories however, have become more common among teens and young adults in the last decade or so.  In fact, based on nation-wide hospital data, there has been a significant increase in recreational use of Xanax during this period.  This data was validated by a study conducted in 2011 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration who reported that there were more than a million visits to emergency rooms because of non-medical use of prescription drugs like Xanax. Many of these drugs are believed to be used by teens who get them from medicine cabinets in their homes or get them from friends.  

Who Uses Xanax and what are the Negative Effects?

Known for its calming effects, Xanax is typically the “go to” drug psychiatrists prescribe for people seeking help for anxiety and stress.  According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, Xanax, in particular, is a common drug of abuse among 12th graders.  Studies indicate that at least one in 11 high school students have admitted to abusing this drug.

Their reason for using it is typically for temporary relief from stress and anxiety associated mostly with the challenges presented by adolescent or when making the transition from high school to college. Although the use of Xanax may start off as a means of alleviating stress, once the effects of the drug wears off, it is not uncommon for the user to want to take more of the drug to recapture the soothing feelings.  Experts say Xanax, also known as alprazolam is from the benzodiazepine class of drugs that have multiple clinical uses including the treatment of insomnia, muscle spasms and severe anxiety.  The drug works by reducing abnormal brain activity.

Negative side effects of prolonged use of Xanax includes:

  • Dependence and addiction
  • Brain Fog
  • Alterations in mood and patterns of behavior
  • Lethargy or overall feelings of drowsiness
  • Hallucinations and suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures

Mixing Xanax with Other Drugs 

Poly drug use is a common practice associated with people who abuse Xanax.  In fact, overdose deaths linked to Xanax, typically occur as a result of combining this drug with another similar chemical depressant such as alcohol.  This was the case in the highly publicized deaths of mega stars Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.  

According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, Xanax abuse may be occurring if…

  • You consume high doses of Xanax on a daily basis.
  • Drug use has resulted in excessive mood swings or feelings of hostility.
  • There has been a significant change in sleep pattern.
  • Brain fog is affecting decision-making abilities
  • Forced or voluntary abstinence trigger unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that resuming use of Xanax alleviates.  

Many people have learned that with treatment it is possible to change the trajectory of a Xanax addiction story from a tragic ending to a happy one. What Caitlin Myers learned about delaying treatment for addiction is that life can get severely out of control and the use of drugs like Xanax can open up opportunities for other more lethal substances and the addiction experiences associated with those substances such as mental illness, disease, homelessness, jail time and drug overdose.  Thankfully, Myers also learned that treatment can turn the corner on these classic horror stories and give you another chance at a normal drug free life.

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