Xanax - Necessary Prescription or Harmful Habit?

Xanax is the most well-known of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, and its notoriety is deserved. Xanax prescriptions abound in the United States, as for years doctors were quick to prescribe them to patients suffering even just occasional bouts of mild to moderate anxiety. Often the drug was put away in the medicine cabinet, only to be retrieved in anticipation of air travel or some other stress-inducing event. However, many patients found themselves drawn to the sedative effects of the drug, and what started out as occasional use quickly grew to a full-blown addiction.

Xanax and other benzodiazepines function by promoting the effects of a chemical known as GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) in the brain. In doing so, benzodiazepines diminish neuron activity within the brain, which is how they alleviate anxiety in the affected individual. This reduction in brain activity induces a sedative state which, for those seeking an escape from their reality, can be irresistible. Once a physical dependence on benzodiazepines is formed, cessation of use is a highly dangerous proposition and must be completed under the care and supervision of licenced medical professionals. Similarly to alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepine withdrawal is very hard on the brain, and can result in seizures and even death.

Abuse of xanax and other benzodiazepines often occurs alongside other substance abuse, as the sedative effects are exponentially increased when combined with other depressants such as alcohol or opiates. These are deadly combinations, as both substances reduce respiratory function and when used in conjunction with one another easily lead to fatal overdoses. This can even occur in those patients legally prescribed a benzodiazepine as well as a mild narcotic painkiller such as vicodin should both prescriptions be used simultaneously. The grave dangers posed by Xanax and other benzodiazepines, especially when combined with other depressants, should serve as a strong deterrent for regular use.

For many with legitimate anxiety disorders, benzodiazepines are a godsend, allowing those suffering from these disorders to function normally in society. Unfortunately, these medications also pose significant health risks and a high potential for abuse. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to benzodiazepines, it is imperative they receive professional medical assistance with detox rather than attempting to cease use on their own. The clinical team at Evolutions Treatment Center is well-versed in safely facilitating benzodiazepine detox in a comfortable, serene environment. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 before this dangerous addiction costs you your life.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com