Once it’s reached a more intense level, the user begins to feel dizzy and usually common activities, like buttoning a shirt and saying their own name, become difficult tasks. “Maybe the most important thing of all is, if you take it every day for a couple of months, you become physically dependent on it and you have withdrawal if you suddenly stop it,” Broaddus said.“And if you’ve built up a significant dependence on it and you suddenly stop, you can go into a potentially fatal seizure.“Within 10 or 15 minutes you’re soaring into the euphoric high, or low for some. If you’re talking to them or observing them, they look drunk — they’re slurring words, their eyes are closed and their head is drooping. They just slow way down Sometimes, they’ll even fall asleep.A lot of people are known to just fall over.” The drunken feeling associated with Xanax is unlike actual alcohol intoxication in that it wears off rapidly and impairs memory as well.“He was in denial so there were a lot of fights with the family.We didn’t have a relationship at all because he was always concerned with getting high.” Anxiety and a slight headache are early signs of withdrawal for an addicted user.What sets Xanax apart from all the other miscellaneous drugs in the medicine cabinet, though, is its ability to make the user black out, the high chance of addiction and the fact that withdrawal from Xanax is potentially deadly.
“The high disappears really fast, and [the users] want another one so they take it again. Sometimes they forget they took the first one, so they take another one; now they have ingested two even though they don’t feel high. Taking more and more in a short period of time can be lethal.” Mixing drugs with alcohol is dangerous in any case, but it is known to be especially dangerous with Xanax.Due to the fact that the two substances have the same affect on the body, they end up magnifying the feeling of intoxication to hazardous levels.“If you mix alcohol with Xanax you’re really playing with fire,” Broaddus said.These two factors play a large role in a potential overdose.With a drug that’s wearing off and a user with an impaired memory, the probability of taking one too many rises dramatically.