Xanax is the trade name for alprazolam, a prescription medication used to treat panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Like alcohol, Xanax is a depressant. Some people mix these two drugs without understanding the effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol. Taking Xanax with alcohol will intensify the effects of alcohol, which can cause increased drowsiness, dizziness, muscle weakness, confusion, coma, and death.

The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Xanax

Both Xanax and alcohol depress the central nervous system, which is responsible for your breathing. Taking both of these drugs can result in breathing becoming so slow and shallow that death ultimately results. Due to the potentially life-threatening complications, it is imperative that you seek help immediately if you or a loved one are addicted to Xanax and alcohol.

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Seeking Help for Alcohol and Xanax Addiction

A variety of effective treatment for addiction to Xanax and alcohol is available. The very first phase of recovery is admitting that you need help. This is the most challenging part, but once you’ve made the decision to seek a life of sobriety, your journey to a healthier you is within reach. 

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How to Safely Detox from Alcohol and Xanax

Before looking at treatment options (such as inpatient or outpatient settings), you’ll begin by going through a detox from Xanax and alcohol. Because this process can pose several challenges, it is recommended that you go through this process under the supervision of medical professionals.

Let your treatment team know right away if you feel uncomfortable, either physically or emotionally. If you are feeling physical discomfort, you may be given medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms and provide a more comfortable experience. Trained addictions counselors may also be available for you during this time to speak with about any emotional distress you may be feeling during the withdrawal process. It is important for you to remember that you deserve to be comfortable and cared for throughout your recovery process.

What Does Rehabilitation Entail?

Following successful completion of detox, an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program may be recommended to allow further work toward recovery and relapse prevention. Within any program, you’ll encounter a number of therapies including:

  • Group therapy.
  • Individual counseling.
  • Family counseling.
  • Support group meetings.
  • Wellness activities.

Medication treatments may also be included as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for alcohol use disorders. Behavioral therapies can help those struggling with alcohol abuse focus on avoiding old patterns and identify the root causes of addiction.

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If you are finding yourself overwhelmed with where and how to begin your recovery, call us 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. We understand that the effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol have impacted your life, but we’re here to help and want to see you get back to living a happier and healthier life of sobriety.

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