Some Tips for Dealing with Xanax Addiction

Some Tips for Dealing with Xanax Addiction

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If you are suffering from Xanax addiction then you should definitely seek help for your problem and try to get off the medication.  Many people who are stuck in this trap will not seek help for it because they are afraid and they are medicating their anxiety with the drug.  Unfortunately Xanax is very addictive and it can become somewhat dangerous if you start to abuse it.

What becomes an even bigger complication is when the drug is combined with alcohol. This is really dangerous because both the Xanax and the alcohol will work together to sedate a person.  When a person is abusing both the medication and the alcohol, neither one is as effective for medicating anxiety and tolerance starts to increase.  This can be particularly dangerous because then the person will take greater and greater quantities in order to feel properly medicated.  Trying to control anxiety like this is a losing battle, because it is very difficult (and dangerous) to stay medicated all the time.

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If you happen to be addicted in this manner then you should ask for help when you attempt to stop taking the pills.  The reason for this is because withdrawal from Xanax can be a bit dangerous, especially if you have been drinking as well.  The likelihood of seizures increases by quite a bit, even if you have never had a seizure before in your life.  Basically, you will want to get into a detox unit somewhere or a drug rehab so that you can be detoxed properly from the drug.  Any other method of detox is not going to be as safe as going to rehab.

After you get off the pills, you need to find a way to deal with your anxiety. Most doctors will work with you on this if you tell them that you are addicted to Xanax and want an alternative.  He can try different medications for you that are not addictive, such as Hydroxyzine or Paraxotine (Vistaril or Paxil).  Not only that, but there are many different coping skills that you can learn that will help you to deal with anxiety without resorting to medications as much.  Sometimes in recovery we have to face our fears and walk through them, so that we can become stronger people in the long run.  Overcoming anxiety without medication is a bit like that.  It might be a bit challenging and scary, but it is not impossible to overcome.  Just remember to ask for help.

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