Addicted to Xanax

Xanax is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and in some cases, insomnia. Xanax can be dangerous when a person misuses it or does not take as prescribed. Many people who struggle with anxiety turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope, which can lead to a drug or alcohol addiction. Some are not aware that they have an underlying mental health condition, or are afraid to seek help due to the stigma of mental health.

What are the Side Effects of Taking Xanax?

Xanax provides an immediate, calming effect. Eventually, a person who uses it will need to take more to replicate the feeling of relief, which puts the person at risk of overdose. The combination of tolerance and dependence makes it hard to quit without medical treatment. Similar to alcohol, benzodiazepines can cause blackouts.

According to Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum in Plymouth, “it [Xanax] causes anterograde amnesia, which is a blackout, and the alarming thing is some of these young people are acting in harmful ways, committing crimes when completely blacked out, going on stealing sprees, driving for hours, running into trees, being date raped.” (New York Post, 2016). When a person has a blackout, the risk of it occurring again increases. A person does not need to be addicted to experience a blackout.

Some people take more Xanax than prescribed to get high. Benzos enhance the effects of opioids, which increases the risk of dependency and addiction. Mixing any two drugs together will increase the probability of hurting yourself or others and can be fatal.

What is a Fake Xan Bar?

Taking Xanax without a prescription from a medical professional is illegal and can be deadly. Counterfeit Xanax, also known as fake Xan bars, are tablets that look like Xanax but are actually a deadly combination of Xanax and fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. Rather than risk an overdose or early death, young people need to get help for any underlying mental health conditions with a professional who can offer treatment.

Marlon Whitfield of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Los Angeles division states, “If you take one of these pills, there’s a chance you may die.” He says the motive is profit. “If you’re cutting street drugs with something that’s more powerful, you’re going to make more money.” (Bill Melugin, FOX5, 2018).

Treatment for Addiction

Addiction is a complicated chronic brain disease. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and a mental health condition, get help today. Both conditions must be treated simultaneously for the best success in recovery.  

Do not let the stigma of addiction and mental health prevent you from getting the help you need. Addiction is isolating but you are not alone. Once you are in recovery from addiction or a substance use disorder, you can go on to live a healthy, fulfilling, new lifestyle in sobriety.



Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.