Why Xanax is a Problem in Society

This essay is about understanding what xanax is, what impacts it has on people who use it and what you can do as a solution to xanax. There’s tons of information about all three of these things and that’s what the point of this essay is. 

          Xanax or Alprazolam is a highly addictive drug and is very hard to stop once you’ve started.(1) Xanax is in the medical class of benzodiazepines and is one of the most popular benzodiazepines(3). It increases the effects of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid which calms you down and gives you a relaxing feeling.(2).It’s mainly used to treat major anxiety disorders(3), sleep problems(4), or even alcoholism(4) and usually only prescribed for a few weeks because of how addictive it is(3) 

Some impacts xanax has is it helps if you have a sleeping disorder and have troubles sleeping(4), and also it helps with anxiety which is what most people use it for. (5) There are many bad impacts xanax has and one is it depresses your nervous system if you take it for a long time and can have major effects on your emotional state. (6) Some side effects of overdosing on xanax are drowsiness, lethargy, dizziness, headaches, slurred speech, and poor memory. A thing people find is that when people around you are taking xanax it’s very hard for you to stop if everyone around you is doing it. (7) 

There are lots of solutions to your problems instead of xanax like other drugs, therapy, or just different exercises you can try. You can drink green tea which helps you sleep and relax instead of xanax. (8) There’s drugs like different anti-anxiety meds, melatonin, prebiotics which would all help with the problems you have.(8) New hobbies like, meditation, working out, planning trips and stuff like that vould help you get off xanax if you are addicted to it. (9) Therapy like, cognitive behavioral therapy could also help you get off of xanax if you’re having a hard time with it. (8)

In conclusion these are the things you should definitely think about before or when you’re taking xanax because there’s lots of dangers with xanax. Xanax can definitely help you with the problems you may have but it also can have a negative impact on your life if you misuse it or don’t take it seriously because it can really mess you up if you get addicted to it. For those reasons that’s why xanax is a huge problem in our society. 

  1. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-9824/xanax-oral/details#:~:text=Alprazolam%20is%20used%20to%20treat,in%20the%20body%20(GABA) 
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326528#:~:text=Xanax%20works%20by%20increasing%20the,treat%20anxiety%20and%20panic%20disorders.  
  3. https://www.banyantreatmentcenter.com/2020/07/20/hidden-dangers-of-taking-xanax-philadelphia/ 
  4. https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/xanax-addiction/why-xanax-is-dangerous/ 
  5. https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/xanax-addiction/why-xanax-is-dangerous/   
  6. https://www.banyantreatmentcenter.com/2020/07/20/hidden-dangers-of-taking-xanax-philadelphia/ 
  7. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=28018179&site=ehost-live 
  8. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/xanax-alternatives 
  9.  https://www.mentalhelp.net/anxiety/and-xanax-whitdrawal/ 

2 Replies to “Why Xanax is a Problem in Society”

  1. Hey Wyatte,
    I love your exploration on this specific drug, I find your posts to always be interesting and informative, knowing that, what is cognitive behaviour therapy? I was trying to find out how it’s done but I ended up getting more confused.

    Anyways, I decided to see what the signs of addiction for this particular drug is and in case you are interested to see how the information was formatted you could check this website out for you future research!


    – Sanam. M

  2. My mom is a psych nurse and she works with people on drug abuse and helps them, she talks to me about this kind of stuff all the time but never to this extent this is crazy. You did such an amazing job on this project!

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