One of the hardest aspects of college life is finding the right balance between social life and obtaining a degree. Unfortunately, many college students are turning to easily available drugs to reach this goal; stimulant’s like Adderall for studying and tranquilizers like Xanax to socialize. The mixing of both Adderall and Xanax could cost more than the degrees.

After a long stressful day of intense stimulant driven studies, these students are looking for an easy way to relax and unfortunately, they are once again finding a readily available solution in Benzodiazepines like Xanax or Klonopin.

College kids are mixing these drugs with no understanding of the short or long-term side effects that they present to try to successfully navigate their way to a degree.

The medicine abuse project reports that 31% of college students have used a stimulant like Adderall non-medically [1]. Its wide misuse has made the drugs appear social acceptable with the dangers that they carry taking a back seat to the short-term stimulation that users feel. Non-medical misuse of sedatives or tranquilizers like Xanax have peaked at an estimated 6.9%. These staggeringly high numbers are only self-reported as well, so the actual number of students misusing these drugs is very possibly much higher.

Both Adderall and Xanax are a health concern for college students who are still forming fully functional brains.

The side effects of Adderall include:

  • Stomach ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Agitation or nervousness
  • Hypertension/ Hypotension
  • Nausea
  • Erectile dysfunction


The side effects of Xanax include:

  • Short-term amnesia
  • Ataxia
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Skin rash


When these drugs are being misused daily, it can and does have a serious effect on the user’s mental state and personality.

These drugs are extremely addictive, Xanax especially being both psychologically and physically addictive.

When both Adderall and Xanax are taken together the outcome can be disastrous.

Some students take Xanax to avoid the ‘comedown effects’ or withdrawal of Adderall. Unfortunately, the short-term benefits that many obtain from abusing Xanax in this way come back to haunt them when they attempt detox from Xanax.

Xanax reduces over-activity in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the presence of the inhibitory neuron gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. When stopping Xanax cold turkey this reduction of GABA can result in frightening side effects such as feinting, seizures, insomnia, and in extreme cases even death.

These short-term benefits that college students are perceiving themselves to achieve are possible through other means that do not include the misuse of Xanax and Adderall, which lead to devastating long-term effects.

The short-term benefits of these drugs and in fact almost any recreational drug, are often not worth the long-term consequences.

The social life trade off that these students are trying to obtain only happens in their head, and the relaxed state that Xanax misuse puts them in makes them unable to communicate properly or hold a conversation.

The growing reputation among people who misuse Adderall and Xanax in this way is that of people who are too serious and focused on one thing in the day, and brain dead by night time when they are trying to communicate with friends.



[1]: Medicine Abuse Project: Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants

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