What Is Xanax?
Xanax, also referred to as it’s generic name alprazolam, is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines depress the central nervous system to produce calming effects and works by enhancing the effects of GABA. GABA is an amino acid classified as a neurotransmitter, which is responsible for slowing nerve cell activity in the brain. Xanax is a powerful drug which specifically slows down the chemicals within the brain which have the possibility of becoming unbalanced, which generally results in anxiety. Xanax has powerful anti-anxiety. anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, and sedative effects and is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. The drug usually comes in the form of a pill or tablet. Unfortunately, Xanax can cause some of its users to become addicted to the drug if it is taken in large doses over an extended period of time.
Xanax is a federally controlled substance which should only be prescribed by medical professionals. Similar to other prescription drugs, Xanax has a high potential for addiction and abuse when used for long periods of time. Millions of people take this drug daily, generally for serious mental health issues , however some take the drug for recreational purposes or simply because it makes them feel good. Despite Xanax being a drug which should be obtained with a prescription, there is a large black market for the drug which makes it easier to abuse.
Can You Overdose on Xanax?
Although Xanax rarely causes death when used on its own, the drug is most dangerous when combined with alcohol. Death from Xanax overdose is often the result of combining the two substances. Some users also combine the drug with downer drugs such as opiates to increase the pleasurable effects induced by Xanax. And in some cases, users will consume Xanax as a means to relieve the unwanted side effects associated with stimulant abuse, however the combination of uppers and downers can result in the onset of cardiovascular complications. Individuals who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction have higher rates of Xanax misuse.
When used properly, Xanax can be very effective in its intended use, however misuse of the drug can cause be very detrimental to one’s overall well-being. Even with a prescription it is still possible to become addicted to Xanax. With prolonged use or abuse daily, a person can develop a tolerance for the drug, ultimately resulting in a dependency on the drug and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not under the influence of the drug.
Slang Names for Xanax
There are various slang names for Xanax, these names are primarily used by individuals who illegally use the drug as a means to reference the drug without alerting bystanders or police officials. Some of the common slang names for Xanax includes:
- Blue Devil
- Yellow Bullets
- Red Devil
- Christmas Trees
Getting Help for Xanax Addiction
If you or a loved one are illegally using Xanax, we strongly encourage you to stop as recreational Xanax use can turn into Xanax abuse or even a dependence on the drug. Also, if you are under the impression that you or a loved one may have a anax use problem, we highly recommend seeking Xanax addiction treatment as soon as possible. Harbor Village provides comprehensive treatment services for Xanax use problems. To get started with our life-changing treatment services, call us today!