The half life of Xanax is around 12 hours or so, depending on the person, and therefore you can still find Xanax in the urine for up to four days or so after it was last ingested. This can vary quite a big depending on the body of the person in question; for example, an obese or heavy person will take longer to eliminate the drug than someone who is of normal or lower weight. The same can be true of an elderly person, who will take longer to eliminate the substance from their body.
There are other drugs in the same class as Xanax, such as Valium, which have a much longer half life and will stick around in the body even longer. There are advantages and disadvantages to this depending on what a doctor wants the medication to do for a patient. Most people who are seeking this information are looking to beat a urine screen test, and that is not a good sign.
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction then you should confront the problem and attempt to fix it. This can be done by asking for help and then seeking professional treatment services. Anyone who is abusing a drug like Xanax is actually on a fairly dangerous path in terms of drug and alcohol addiction.
The problem with Xanax is that it depresses the nervous system in the body. This makes it a particularly dangerous drug, especially when combined with alcohol. Most people who are abusing Xanax will eventually realize that they can get a much stronger effect from the drug by simply combining it with booze, so they end up doing so eventually. After they have combined their medication with alcohol, going back to just taking the medication alone will not produce a strong enough effect, and so they will have created a new tolerance level for themselves. And unfortunately if you take enough alcohol and Xanax together you will run the risk of a coma and possible death as a result.
Alcohol depresses the nervous system. Xanax depresses the nervous system. Taken together they tend to multiply the effects of each other in a way that is unpredictable and dangerous.
In order to truly understand the risks involved you should try to understand what is happening in the body when you put these substances into your body. When you take a drug like Xanax, the body realizes that you are slowing down the nervous system, and therefore it tries to compensate for this. If you abuse Xanax and take more and more of it, the human body will respond by trying to compensate for all of the extra medicine.
How does the body compensate? By producing extra adrenaline. In other words, your human body can only react to what it experiences and it tries to maintain the status quo. So if you bombard it with a depressant substance, the body will produce a stimulant in response, which in this case is adrenaline. The body simply adapts and tries to keep functioning as best it can, in spite of whatever chemicals you happen to bombard it with.
So what happens when someone is addicted to Xanax and is abusing it regularly for long periods of time is that they train their body to produce lots of extra adrenaline. The body does not have a choice, if it wants to keep functioning and allow you to walk around and be conscious then it has to produce this extra adrenaline all the time. In the case of a person who is abusing both alcohol and Xanax at the same time, the body is producing an extreme amount of extra adrenaline.
Why is this a problem? In the short term it may not produce any severe consequences. But eventually the person will probably have to “reset” and stop taking alcohol and drugs, at least temporarily. Maybe they will get sick, or maybe they will get thrown in jail, or maybe they will run out of money and resources. For whatever reason, every drug addict and alcoholic will go through at least a few brief periods of abstinence from drugs and alcohol. They may not want to, they may not plan on it, but it is going to happen eventually: a period of time when you simply cannot get to more drugs and booze.
When this happens with someone who is abusing Xanax heavily, the body is in for a very rough ride. Why? Because the person has “trained” their body to produce lots of extra adrenaline, the natural stimulant, in order to combat the effects of a depressant substance. So when the person suddenly has no depressants being put into their system any longer, the extra adrenaline overwhelms the nervous system, and there is no where for all of that extra energy to go. A likely outcome of this state is seizures, and sometimes even death. The body cannot handle all of that extra nervous energy in the case of cold turkey withdrawal.
This is just one reason why abusing Xanax can become dangerous and even deadly. There are other reasons as well though. One big reason is the risk of simply overdose and coma as a result. And another risk is that of operating vehicles or machinery while using the substance. Just like with alcohol, taking too much Xanax can slow down your mental processes to the point that you are seriously compromised.
If you are struggling with Xanax addiction then my best suggestion to you is to ask for help and seek out professional treatment. Get on the phone and call up some treatment centers. If you want to turn your life around then you need to start with a baseline of total and complete abstinence. You may believe that you cannot function and be happy without your drug of choice, but that is just fear talking. Anyone can go through a medical detox and then learn how to live in such a way that they do not need to depend on chemicals or substances any longer. Make no mistake: Any drug addict or alcoholic can find sobriety and turn their life around, so long as they are willing to put in the effort. And that effort begins by making a phone call and checking into an inpatient treatment center.
You have to ask yourself if you are willing to keep chasing after the high, day after day, and continuously being miserable and stuck in this thing called addiction…..or if you are willing to summon up the courage to try something new. Diving head first into sobriety is scary, no doubt, but it is also the most rewarding thing you could possibly do for yourself. Are you ready to turn your life around and be happy for once? Make the call today that could change your life forever.