Adderall and Xanax are well known and commonly prescribed medications, but when abused separately or taken together, they can have devastating health effects on individuals. Dispelling the myths and understanding the truths surrounding these drugs can help to encourage you or someone you love to seek a comprehensive treatment plan that restores the mind, body, and soul from addiction.
The Truth about Xanax
Xanax, formally known as Alprazolam, is typically prescribed to treat panic or anxiety disorders. Additionally, it can be used to treat feelings of anxiousness that may be caused by depression.
Xanax is a Benzodiazepine because it is essentially a depressant that slows down the central nervous system. Xanax is prescribed to help individuals with panic disorders or an anxiety disorder feel calmer and more at ease in daily life.
The Truth about Adderall
Adderall is most commonly prescribed for individuals diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a brain disorder that impacts a person’s ability to pay attention, remain on task, and behave appropriately. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD often display signs of impulsive behavior and frequent patterns of hyperactivity. Adderall may also be used to relieve the symptoms of narcolepsy, a sleep disorder categorized by an overwhelming feeling of tiredness.
Adderall is classified as a stimulant because it increases dopamine levels in the brain and increases an individual’s blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.
Common Myths about Adderall and Xanax
Myth #1: Adderall and Xanax are not addictive substances.
Even though both substances are prescribed by a doctor, they contain addictive properties. If individuals increase their recommended dosages of Adderall or take it with other drugs or alcohol, it can cause detrimental effects on the person and can lead to addiction.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax can be “habit forming” and has a “higher risk for overdose.” Although Xanax can help relieve symptoms of panic disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression, it can be extremely dangerous if paired with other drugs or alcohol.
Myth #2: Adderall and Xanax do not have an impact on long term health.
Contrary to popular belief, both Adderall and Xanax can have severe health consequences if individuals abuse both substances. When taken together, the severity of side effects from Adderall and Xanax drastically increases. When taking Adderall, severe side effects may also include shortness of breath, seizures, hallucinations, or a pounding heartbeat. When taking Xanax, side effects may include shortness of breath, seizures, depression, problems with memory or even suicidal thoughts.
Separately, the severe side effects of taking Adderall or Xanax can cause a multitude of health problems and the drug itself can lead individuals to becoming chemically dependent. When taken together, the heightened chances of having seizures or other serious health concerns involving the functions of the brain, heart, and lungs can permanently impact a person’s overall health. In severe cases, breathing can shut down, leading to death.
Myth #3: Since Adderall and Xanax are prescribed by a doctor, it is safe to increase the dosage as needed.
Increasing the dosage of either Adderall or Xanax without the supervision of a doctor can be extremely dangerous. Increasing the dosage of Adderall and Xanax can have adverse effects on an individual diagnosed with ADHD or an anxiety disorder, respectively. A higher dosage of either drug increases the likelihood for accidental overdose. Becoming aware of the signs and symptoms of overdose can help individuals be proactive and seek immediate treatment before an addiction to these drugs becomes fatal.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, overdose symptoms of Adderall include:
- aggressive behavior
- feelings of panic
- Increased heart and breathing rate
- Shaking and muscle weakness
- Fainting or dizziness
- blurred vision
The following are overdose symptoms of Xanax:
- problems with coordination
- loss of consciousness
Myth #4 Prescription drugs are not as dangerous as illicit drugs.
Because prescription drugs are administered by a doctor, it may be difficult to notice that individuals have become addicted to Adderall or Xanax. Although these drugs are not considered “hard drugs” because of the benefits they have for individuals diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety disorders, they can become just as harmful when coupled with alcohol or when people increase their recommended dosage without medical approval.
Noticing behaviors such as withdrawing from previously enjoyed activities, having difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships, and displaying an inability to complete work and home responsibilities can be signs that people are suffering from substance abuse. People may use Adderall and Xanax to escape from difficult moments and painful emotions because they are not known for being “hard drugs.” However, these irrational thoughts about prescription drugs can have severe mental and physical consequences on the individual.
Myth #5: Individuals, alone, can fully recover from Adderall and Xanax addiction.
For many people, recovery feels like a never ending uphill battle. To fully recover from substance abuse and avoid a relapse, individuals cannot do it alone. Even though Adderall and Xanax both have addictive properties and become increasingly more dangerous when coupled with other drugs, individuals can fully recover if they seek inpatient and aftercare treatment programs.
Finding ways to cope with life’s daily events can be supported and nurtured by a strong spiritual foundation and connection to the community. When individuals seek treatment for drug addiction, they will restore meaning back into their lives and will replace negative thoughts and behaviors with positive outcomes.
A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
Recovering from addiction is a long and difficult process, but one that can also be nurtured and supported through establishing a strong spiritual foundation. Establishing a strong sense of faith during the recovery process can restore the person’s mind, body, and spirit.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a combination of addictive substances, reach out and get help from a treatment team that is experienced in helping individuals recover from all types of substance abuse. A recovery program with a strong spiritual foundation can truly help individuals struggling with addiction overcome their difficult moments while also strengthening their relationship with, and faith in, God.
Covenant Hills Treatment Center offers extensive program options that ensures a recovery plan is individually designed to meet the needs of every client. Their professionally trained staff of therapists, counselors, and pastors are highly experienced in helping patients recovery from all types of substance abuse. With a foundation of faith and a committed staff, patients will learn to understand their difficult moments and avoid a relapse by using techniques learned in the Christian-based treatment approach.
We care, and we can help. Call us today at (888) 662-2873 to speak with an addiction treatment specialist and receive a free assessment.