Benzodiazepines and Blacking Out
What is Xanax?
You may have heard of people abusing a prescribed medication called Xanax. It is prescribed to treat anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Xanax is the brand name of the drug Alprazolam.
It is a benzodiazepine and is prescribed to alleviate anxiety and symptoms from panic disorders. Many people commonly abuse Xanax frequently due to its accessibility. People purchase the drug through illegal criminal activity.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has deemed Xanax a Schedule IV drug for its potential for abuse. Many people abuse the drug to experience its recreational effects. The effects include extreme drowsiness, relaxation, euphoria, and calmness.
Many people become dependent on the drug after extended use. It can lead to an assortment of physical and mental health problems. Some people use Xanax to a frequency that they experience what is known as a “Xanax Blackout.”
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A Xanax blackout is when an individual takes a massive amount of the drug and loses their memory for a specified amount of time. It can be temporary or long-term. The research of Xanax blackouts is still currently being assessed. However, much of the research has proven to have negative short and long-term on memory effects and even cognition in some cases.
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Serious repercussions may occur if Xanax is abused or misused according to physician’s orders. However, despite medical professional warning Xanax is frequently used as a recreational benzodiazepine drug by individuals of any age due to its relatively easy accessibility through prescriptions and illegal means. Individuals appreciate the recreational impacts of benzodiazepine medication in high doses and frequencies.
The effects incorporate extraordinary calmness, exhaustion, fatigue, and sentiments of enthusiastic harmony with the environment. On occasion, some individuals become tolerant to the effects of Xanax. This will lead them to consume the drug in a more effective yet dangerous manner. Sometimes individuals will crush or snort the pill to enhance the effects and feel them much quicker than oral administration.
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Xanax will affect everyone differently due to a multitude of factors, such as age, weight, metabolism, and emotional and mental state at the time of the drug use. When Xanax is taken in large quantities in a short amount of time, it is possible to have a fragmented memory when the drug wears off. Many people will experience a Xanax blackout, which is where the user cannot comprehensively understand what is currently happening or able to engage with others in a cognitively functional state.
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What Exactly is a Blackout?
People at parties often brag about getting “wasted” or “blacking out”. But blacking out is a dangerous thing if it happens to you. Blackouts are temporary moments where significant episodic occurrences are lost due to ineffective short-term memory and are unable to process the information into long-term memory. This can be short-term or long-term.
Alcohol also plays a major role if it is consumed with Xanax. A loss of periods of time, events, and parts of cognitive functions are associated with blackouts. Blackouts can be caused by many things. Xanax or benzodiazepine abuse is one of the most notorious drugs known to cause blackouts.
Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax causes blackouts when used in large amounts and especially with alcohol. The amnestic effects from a Xanax blackout can result in a series of episodic memories. It is like watching a video that has missing scenes.
The individual may remember the complete blackout events as well as the time sequence in situations that are only partial blackouts in some cases. However, both types of Xanax blackouts have significant impairment in the memory and function of the user.
What Occurs During a Xanax Blackout?
Being intoxicated without any kind of conscious control over your actions and behavior is dangerous and can be life-threatening. Benzodiazepines are notorious for blackouts, especially Xanax. Many times, people may mix Xanax with alcohol, which will intensify the effects. But even without alcohol, excessive Xanax consumption can lead to blackouts.
This is known as anterograde amnesia. Anterograde amnesia affects the medial temporal lobe, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for forming memories. When Xanax activates this part of the brain, it becomes overloaded and the brain does not retain memory due to the spatial damage caused by the abuse. It is similar to an alcohol blackout because it also activates activity in the gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors.
This makes communication difficult to connect neurons in the brain. Long-term effects are possible because during a Xanax blackout short-term memory may be lost forever, or at least in a conscious realm of the psyche. In addition to the brain damage that may occur during a Xanax blackout, there may be other repercussions that you may face during your intoxication, even if you are not consciously culpable.
There are increased chances for legal trouble, vehicle accidents, bodily injury, assault, and the development of benzo abuse or Xanax addiction.
Two Types of Xanax Blackouts
There are two types of categorized Xanax blackouts. Each of them is equally dangerous. The first type of Xanax blackout is called a “complete blackout. When this occurs, commonly paired with alcohol, the user cannot recall the events during the intoxication, even when familiar stimuli or cues are provided. People who experience a complete Xanax blackout will likely fall asleep and wake with little to no memory of what happened.
This is hazardous to the brain and body. Criminal assaults may occur to the user during a complete blackout, so it is important to never abuse Xanax. The second type of Xanax blackout is called a “partial blackout, fragmentary blackout, and occasionally brownouts.” When this type of Xanax blackout occurs, many short-term memories do not get stored in long-term memory.
This is why it is called a partial blackout. Individuals may be able to recall some memories after experiencing a partial blackout but only if stimuli or cues are given to them as a reminder from the incident.
Symptoms of Xanax Blackouts
If you experience any of the following Xanax blackout symptoms, immediately seek emergency medical assistance:
- Inability to walk/unsteady gait
- Slurring or incoherence
- Trouble balancing
- Impaired judgment
- Vision issues
- Unable to function properly
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Getting Help for Xanax Addiction at Resurgence Behavioral Health
Using Xanax to the point you blackout is neither safe nor pleasant. It can feel as though your dependency on Xanax is becoming more overwhelming as time continues. You deserve better than what you are experiencing.
If you are dependent on Xanax or have experienced Xanax or other benzodiazepine blackouts, it is time to make a positive change in your life today. The trained professionals at Resurgence Behavioral Health care about you and your future. They will assist you on the path to wellness.
It is not an easy process, but it is the best decision you can make for yourself and those who love you. You will undergo medical detoxification to cleanse your body of the toxins of the drugs. Then you can begin to receive the proper therapy you need and deserve.
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