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The Dangers of Xanax Laced with Fentanyl

Drug Addiction Alexa Iocco | December 20, 2021

The Dangers of Xanax Laced with Fentanyl

What is Xanax? 

Even if you have never been prescribed Xanax before, you have likely heard of it. Xanax is one of the most popular prescription medications that is commonly prescribed to a person that is suffering from general anxiety and panic disorders. Anxiety is something that can stop any person in their tracks and cause them to feel as although they can’t breathe or function in life correctly. Xanax can help to remove the psychological edge that anxiety often adds to a person’s life. What many people don’t realize about Xanax, however, is the fact that this prescription medication is incredibly addictive. Even if Xanax is consumed exactly according to how it is prescribed, there is always the possibility that a person could fall into the trap of addiction and change the course of their life forever. 

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Xanax Side Effects 

Xanax is typically consumed in a pill form, however, there are times where it may be consumed in a liquid form. The dose of Xanax is given according to the severity of your anxiety and a full assessment by your doctor. It’s important to remember that similar to any other type of drug, there are certain side effects that a person could experience as a result of taking Xanax. Some examples of Xanax side effects include: 

  • Confusion 
  • Low energy 
  • Memory issues 
  • Blurred Vision 
  • Nausea 
  • Depression 
  • Insomnia 
  • Sweating 
  • Change in appetite 
  • Weakness 

Although you may express to your doctor that you’re experiencing these side effects, these side effects may be something that you would want to simply tolerate when it comes to the stress and torment that you may have felt as a result of your anxiety or panic attacks. However, if the intensity of your anxiety or panic attacks continues to go up, you may feel more of an urge to consume more Xanax which can put you in a potentially dangerous situation. 

The Risk of Xanax Addiction 

When you’re taking any type of addictive substance, it goes without saying that there is always the possibility that you could fall into the trap of addiction. In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in Xanax addiction. There are several reasons why a person develops this type of addiction including: 

Taking more than the prescribed dose 

There is always a danger of a person taking more than the prescribed dose of Xanax simply because of the way that it can make them feel. If they are dealing with a difficult day or time in their life and they feel anxiety setting in, they may turn to Xanax for help. In a short period of time, however, they will not be able to function throughout their day which is when Xanax consumption becomes dangerous. 

You aren’t truthful with your doctor 

It’s important to remember that in most cases, Xanax is not meant to be used as a long-term solution for anxiety or panic attacks. A person should always do additional work on themselves to develop other ways where they will be able to address their anxiety such as participating in therapy or gaining other techniques that can help them to feel more at ease. If your doctor begins to suspect that you are becoming addicted to Xanax, they may make moves to either cut you off or lessen your dose. At this point, some people with addiction may either go to different doctors so that they can maintain their addiction or they may turn to illegal options to sustain their addiction. 

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The Dangers of Fake Xanax 

When a person turns to illegal methods to maintain their addiction, there is always the possibility that they may purchase fake Xanax. The biggest danger in this reality is the fact that this substance could contain other substances that could cause you serious physical or psychological harm. For instance, if you take your “normal” dosage of Xanax and, instead, consume fake Xanax it’s possible that you could accidentally overdose which could lead to your death. This is just one of the reasons why it’s imperative that you never consume anything that has not been prescribed to you or Xanax outside of your prescribed dosage. 

Xanax Laced with Fentanyl 

Xanax laced with fentanyl is a deadly combination that many people are unknowingly consuming. Although standard prescription Xanax will never have fentanyl in it, when you begin to turn to other illegal avenues, there is always the possibility that you may unknowingly purchase this mixture. However, for people that are deep in their addiction, they may actually seek this combination so that they can enjoy more of the “high” that comes with Xanax. Xanax laced with fentanyl can only exacerbate your addiction and requires professional intervention to work through. 

Prescription Drug Rehab at Resurgence 

If you decide to come to Resurgence Behavioral Health to address your prescription drug abuse, you can take comfort in the fact that our treatment team will work closely with you to develop a recovery program that will address your individual goals and needs. Before you can truly commit to your treatment, however, it’s possible that you may need to work through a detox program first. Detox can be challenging particularly if you’re addicted to Xanax laced with fentanyl due to the severe withdrawal symptoms that you may experience. Examples of withdrawal symptoms can include: 

  • Nausea 
  • Shakiness 
  • Cravings 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Suicidal thoughts 

While many of these symptoms can be hard to manage, a combination of them could mean that you’re unable to care for yourself. Due to the unpredictability and danger, it’s always strongly recommended that you come to a detox facility to receive the care that you need through this stage of your recovery 

Just because you complete a detox program doesn’t mean that you are completely recovered from your addiction, however. Once you’re done with detox, you need to take a further step of addressing the root causes of your addiction through an inpatient or an outpatient program. If you feel as though you need to change the people, places, and things that are around you in order to overcome your addiction, then you would likely do well in an inpatient program. During an inpatient program, you will live on the campus of our facility and have around-the-clock access to your treatment team. This can provide you with a certain peace of mind of knowing that there is someone available to you regardless of the day or the time. 

If you can’t commit to an inpatient program due to personal or professional responsibilities or if you recently completed an inpatient program and want to continue on in your recovery journey, you can always opt to work through an outpatient program. At Resurgence, we offer an intensive outpatient program and a general outpatient program. The difference between these two outpatient options is the hourly commitment per week that you will need to dedicate to the program. However, both of these programs provide you with the flexibility that you may need at this stage of your recovery. 

Clients of both an inpatient and an outpatient program will participate in different forms of therapy that will help them to work through the causes of their addiction. This phase of your treatment is critically important because it will help you to develop a better understanding of how these events impacted your sobriety, what you can do to address them and avoid triggers in the future. There are several different forms of therapy that we offer at Resurgence Behavioral Health such as: 

  • Behavioral therapy 
  • Trauma based therapy 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Group therapy 
  • Family therapy

Remember, recovery is a lifelong journey so you will continuously need to take steps to maintain your sobriety once you are done with your initial treatment. We recommend that you take advantage of the aftercare programs that we offer through our facility which will help you to stay in touch with your treatment team and make new connections with other alumni that have completed their own recovery programs. Something else that we suggest is that you make time to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings that are local to your area. These meetings will likely remind you of a group therapy session in many ways because meeting attendees will share their experiences with the group or what could be jeopardizing their sobriety that day. You will also have the opportunity to talk about your own experiences which may help you to develop connections with other people.  

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we give you every opportunity to address and overcome your addiction to Xanax. We have experience in assisting clients that struggle with mental health challenges and have developed an addiction to the prescription medication that they may have been given throughout the years. We collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that will not only address your addiction but also your mental health disorder. If you’re ready to tackle your addiction so that you can live a healthier life, please get in touch with us at (888) 458-0050. 

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