Why Snorting Xanax is Not an Option
Xanax is a benzodiazepine, a type of drug usually given to those suffering with anxiety, anxiety related depression, panic attacks and nausea from chemo. The substance can be very addictive hence why some start to snort Xanax recreationally. Officially known as Alprazolam, the US classed the substance as a schedule IV drug making it illegal to buy without a prescription.
How does it work?
Alprazolam works like other benzodiazepines by enhancing the effectiveness of neurotransmitter GABA A which links to certain receptors. This neurotransmitter dulls brain activity and dampens down the central nervous system triggering feelings of tranquillity and calmness.
Ways which Xanax is abused
People may snort Xanax, take it orally with pills or blotter paper, inject it, or mix it with other drugs and alcohol. Taking the substance in conjunction with other drugs is a common way to abuse Xanax. DAWN surveyed thousands of individuals and found that over 96,000 respondents had taken more than one drug (normally being alcohol, weed, cocaine or opiates).
Those on methadone or regular heroin abusers often combine the drug with Xanax and there’s an estimation that 40% of alcoholics regularly take it when they drink.
Xanax is most commonly abused by those wanting its sedative effects and when used for non-medical purposes over an extended period it can be easy to get hooked.
This is especially the case with teens as a 2014 report from Monitoring the Future Survey revealed 13.9% of teenagers had abused prescription drugs like Xanax during the past year.
Signs someone is snorting Xanax
If someone was to snort Xanax, they will look extremely tired and sluggish whilst struggling to find the motivation for carrying out everyday tasks. Additionally, they might lose interest in things that require attentiveness as they lack the focus to complete tasks.
What’s the main differences between snorting Xanax vs oral consumption?
The substance itself tends to linger in the system for the same amount of time despite being taken orally or snorting. Xanax is not prescribed or designed to be snorted however, so doing so may result in serious consequences. This is because high amounts of the drug are absorbed into your blood stream all in one go.
The overload can take a toll on the body and result in overdose. In turn, some of the symptoms are disorientation, coordination issues, losing consciousness, coma and even sudden death.
Other symptoms which may occur if someone was to snort Xanax are:
- Stomach issues like sickness and nausea
- Blurred or double vision
- Impaired memory causing forgetfulness/amnesia
- Difficulty focusing or paying attention
- Slurred speech
- Feeling sedated for long periods of time (even 3-4 days)
- Tremors and shaking
- Loss in libido
- Dry mouth
- Dizzy spells
- Chronic fatigue
People who regularly snort Xanax are unknowingly building a tolerance to it. This means they need to take stronger hits to keep experiencing the sedative effects they crave. When the person stops taking it, withdrawal symptoms usually kick in.
Those who snort Xanax may not know what’s in it….
As it’s usually used to sooth the symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety, the tablets come in two forms: extended release and normal. The main active ingredient in Xanax is the benzodiazepine medication alprazolam.
There are a number of inactive ingredients in the medication such as ‘Cellulose, corn starch, docusate sodium, lactose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and sodium benzoate, and colouring agents’.
Do you know the half-life of Xanax? Half-life refers to how long it takes for the substance to be reduced by half in the body. The Xanax metabolites are excreted mainly through the urine. The metabolites may be found anywhere between 10.7-15.8 hours in normal adults who have ingested Xanax orally.
The myths around snorting Xanax
People may want to snort Xanax as they believe crushing a tablet to sniff will deliver a stronger and longer lasting high. However this is not the case with Xanax and if anything, the only repercussions will be negative and impact the individual’s body for the worse.
This is one of the most common misconceptions with snorting the benzo as unlike other substances it doesn’t go straight through the tissue lining in the nasal cavity then to the blood-brain barrier. Instead, it goes directly into the bloodstream at a speed comparable to if someone was to swallow the pill.
Despite this lack of efficacy, the method of snorting seems to be growing in popularity. In doing so, users are damaging their nasal cavity and throat without even experiencing any additional benefits. Little does the user know they would reach the same euphoric high if they took the same dose orally.
The Xanax high
Xanax abuse is carried out by people who want to either counteract the effects of other recreational drugs or those who crave its sedative effects. Due to it being a Central Nervous System depressant drug, it’s often given to those on a bad trip from hallucinogens when the brain is in overactive mode.
It’s also used to boost alcohols effects and even though many are initially prescribed, some go on to use it recreationally after their prescription ends. Due to its high addictive potential, the time in which this can happen is relatively short.
Addicted to Xanax
If someone is prescribed Alprazolam over an extended period, this may increase chances of addiction. As medical professionals are aware of this risk, they are cautious when issuing it. Once the dependence develops, it can turn someone’s life around for the worse which is why sticking carefully to instructions at preferably lower doses is crucial.
Once dependence occurs physically and mentally, the individual will reach a point where they cannot think of a life without Xanax. As their system has adapted to the toxic drug the body has learnt to cope well whilst on it. However, this adaption is what causes the addiction in the first place so when levels of the substance fall lower, the body reacts badly causing withdrawal symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of being addicted to Xanax
Those who snort Xanax on a regularly basis may soon notice negative signs when they don’t get enough. Withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax abuse include:
- Being in denial about the addiction
- Investing significant time and energy in possessing the drug
- Increase in tolerance
- Depression and rapid changes in mood
- Suicidal thoughts
- Issues financing their addiction
- Family, work and social problems
- Lack of will and ability to cut down on Xanax
- Impulsive, uncharacterized behaviour
There are several dangers of being addicted to this drug. Here are just a few of the daunting risks:
- Potential to overdose
- Irreversible damage to organs
- Mental health issues
- Becoming susceptible to suicide or self-harming
- Increased risk of being injured due to drowsiness
- Broken relationships with close ones
- Xanax becomes a gateway to other drugs
Treatment for Xanax addiction
There are some great facilities with powerful treatment plans that can be highly effective to help people combat addiction. As withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant, it’s best to reduce doses over time rather than stop completely.
Living a life free of this toxic substance and starting again is easier with a support network. There are several experienced counsellors and therapists at rehabilitation centres that provide the tools needed to complete a successful recovery. Most importantly, doing so helps deal with the issues that may have triggered the addiction in the first place.
Are there any alternatives to Xanax?
Alterative drugs often depend on why the substance has been prescribed in the first place. There are some natural medicines which are known to lessen anxiety such as Kava Kava and Valerian Root. However herbal remedies shouldn’t replace prescriptions unless the doctor has confirmed it’s safe to do so.
Need help detoxing? Look no further…
If someone wishes to withdraw from Xanax, professional help makes the process so much easier. This is because the possible side-effects and damages to an individual’s health can become riskier during the recovery phase.
Additionally, individuals may experience psychological changes when going through detox therefore should combine therapy with more holistic avenues of treatment.
The residential and outpatient services offered at BLVD Treatment Centers are a great option. Tailored to fit your specific needs, you can seek solace in the undivided attention of our experienced counselors.
When opting for the residential rehab option, you can take advantage of:
- Individualized Detox Treatments
- Chef-Prepared Gourmet Meals
- Medically-Assisted Detox
- A Comprehensive Aftercare Plan
- Convenient Transport Services