I know someone who has struggled with alcohol and xanax addiction for decades. I mean a falling down in the gutter drunk. About two years ago she started with a new Dr. and the Doctor took her off of xanax and put her on valium. She continued to drink but for some reason never got sloppy drunk anymore. Still alcoholic but much more manageable and not really to the point of being a problem. She would drink in the evenings only and rarely before about 7pm. She also lost her desire to take muscle relaxers with the xanax and alcohol which has a predictably disastrous affect on her.
Fast forward to the present, new insurance, new Dr. and back on Xanax. All the old problems have suddenly reappeared within days of starting back on the xanax. Has anyone else noticed this kind of correlation between the drugs?