Leave The "Xanax Party Phase" In 2016

Leave The "Xanax Party Phase" In 2016

Stop making Xanax "cool."
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"I need a Xanax."

I am at fault for using this phrase as a joke. I hear it almost daily. What we do not think about when using this phrase so lightly and jokingly is that Xanax abuse has become a large problem, specifically in college towns.

Xanax is a prescription drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and/or depression caused by anxiety.


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"Since Xanax - including its generic form, alprazolam - is the most widely-prescribed of the benzodiazepines, it is also the most widely abused of these drugs," according to Narconon.

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It is a controlled substance that "can cause paranoid or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgment, and coordination. Combining with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death."

Part of that last sentence is one of the key problems, "combining with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death."

I have seen, first-hand, the effects of mixing Xanax with alcohol more times than I wish I have, and it is scary.

I have had friends not remember blocks of days, having no idea of where they went, what they did, or who they were with.

I have seen relationships ruined because of Xanax abuse.

Seeing someone after they have mixed Xanax with alcohol and seeing someone really drunk are two completely different things.

There is no life in the eyes of someone who has mixed Xanax with alcohol; you can't understand anything they are saying.

This isn't like slurring their words, they are talking straight up nonsense.

Aside from using Xanax to "party," I have also seen it used to escape reality.

Be it break-ups, fights with parents, or failing a test, taking a Xanax can help you not feel those realities as deeply as you normally would.

You become numb, although it is only temporary.

Taking Xanax as a "one-time thing" may seem fine, but you never know what could happen after that one time becomes two times, and that could eventually lead to addiction.

You always think it won't happen to you until it does happen to you or someone you love.

Years after his abuse, one man stated, "by the end when I sought help for my addiction, I was at a point where I couldn’t string a proper sentence of words together. I had no memory and also false memories and to this day I still have short-term memory problems.”

Whether Xanax is being used to party or to escape reality, it is a huge problem.

College is about making memories, having fun, and trying new things, but what is so fun about blacking out so hard you can't remember an entire day or even several days?

I'm sorry, but I just don't see the appeal.

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

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It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.




These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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What it Means to be An Introvert or an Extrovert

It's probably not what you think it is.

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I've heard the phrase, "she's very introverted," as a classification of being shy, and "he's so extroverted" as one that is outgoing and social.

One of my very favorite things to talk about is personality traits, and how these traits impact our relationships. I've realized that one of the most important ones is how we rejuvenate- alone or around people. As you can probably guess, introverts require alone time in order to feel energized again, especially after being around people. On the other hand, extroverts are fueled by human interaction, and they hardly become tired after being around a lot of people.

I've said it before, I'll say it again: my mom is the saving grace of our household. Out of our family of 6, half are introverts and half are extroverts. Because my mom was able to recognize which of us were extroverts when we were really little, she spent a lot of time with us, explaining that we need a lot of interaction to feel energized. This caused a few issues when she explained that the other half of the family needed a lot of alone time for their sanity. Of course, me being the sensitive extrovert, I took that personally when I was 6. Over the years, she's reiterated that it has nothing to do with me, it's just in their personality to need that solitude, and that allowing them to be alone without guilting them will lead to a better relationship.

Ding, ding, ding. Mom's right again.

Understanding this about the people I love has allowed me to recognize the signs that an introvert needs a little time to themselves, and pulling back when that time comes. It helped me realize that most problems in relationships really are just a matter of understanding what the other person needs (including the love languages, which you can read about here.)

Reflect on your relationships this week, and consider how this trait influences you. Here's a link to a great personality test so that you can better determine your traits!

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