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Where do I begin.....I am an addict! I have been clean for 59 days----WOW! It seems so much longer then that! My drug use began in high school (class of 85)----used mainly pill, some marijuana, crack a time or two, oh and opiates (I did mix these drugs with alchol)-----sigh! I ended up on Xanax and hydrocodone for about the past 3 years or so, I have had some memory loss, fortunately for me it is coming back piece by piece. There were serveral things that caused me to seek help, my fiance', my son and my youngest niece. All 3 of them played a large factor; they will probably never realize that they actually saved my life!

Psalm 34:5
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (NIV)


On this page I am including research I have found online for my addiction to xanax---a lot of this information I found at (really good site). Plus other sites that I will name as I post!

Xanax is the Generic name for alprazolam (Xanax) The drugs proper name, was originally manufactured by Pfizer. Xanax is currently marketed under the generic name Xanax by several companies and the pills come if variety of colors and shapes, depending on which generic company produces it. Xanax is a drug under the benzodiazepine family (others include Valium, Librium, and Restoril) and is commonly used to treat anxiety. Xanax is considered habit forming by the Food and Drug Administration.
Xanax Addictive properties
Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly recommended for short term or intermittent use, most patients with percriptions use it on a daily basis. They may have a condition that requires frequent use, or patients may self administer and increase their intake without medical advice. Because it takes more than 24 hours to clear the drug thru the body’s system, tolerance begins to build up over time and addiction can occur. Hence the phrase Xanax addiction
Like many addictive substances, when the drugs affect level falls below a certain threshold, symptoms begin to appear and another dose must be taken to return to ‘normal’. For anxiety, the patient no longer takes Xanax in response to anxiety caused by external factors, but for anxiety caused by not taking alprazolam. Xanax addiction develops gradually in the beginning.
This is also true when Xanax is taken as a sleep aid. Insomnia (the original problem) can occur simply because someone has become dependent on the drug.

Note**FDA considers this a habit forming drug! 

Xanax Side Effect
Blackouts are the most common side effects of taking Xanax with alcohol, Some people have stated they can’t remember what happened the night before when alcohol was involved

While Xanax seems to be the most prescribed agent in stopping “panic attack”, people should be aware of the potential problems and side effects of this medication. Xanax effects the memory of an individual, especially in verbal recall. Here is a list of the known side effects of Xanax:
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • light-headedness
  • speech problems
  • abdominal cramps
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • hyperventilation
  • blurred vision
  • nausea
  • chest pain
  • change in sex drive
  • confusion
  • headache
  • change in appetite
  • insomnia
  • unusual dreams
  • change in salivation
  • low blood pressure
  • racing heartbeat
  • fainting
  • nasal congestion
  • difficulty urinating
  • sweating
  • weight change
  • skin irritation
  • twitching or tremors
  • nervous or anxious state
  • sun sensitivity
  • respiratory infection
  • memory impairment
  • menstrual difficulties
  • loss of coordination
While these side effects are more common, there are some side effects that are rare and only occur in select individuals : difficulty concentrating
  • slurred or unusual speech
  • double vision
  • fear
  • altered senses of taste
  • lack of inhibition
  • muscle cramps or spasms