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Re: Addicted to Xanax

Posted by felix on November 30, 2000, at 3:17:34

In reply to Addicted to Xanax, posted by LesaH on November 29, 2000, at 23:43:45

I reckon if I had been online two - three years ago, my posting would have read like yours.
Its a complicated process trying to escape these drugs without the right help.

I can't respond professionaly I only have experience of how not to withdraw. From reading your post it appears to me like you have not stopped completely for any length of time. Your problems seem mainly around the flatlined feeling. Not withdrawing.
That worries me with your usage period and high dosage you are at risk of resultant Siezures without a planned withdrawal.

If anyone has taken this drug for the length of time that I have and at a high dosage, I would love to hear from you.

For eight years the drug was Temazepam, then Valium. Meds are free here and widely availible. My dosage was too high. 30-80mg day.

I now experience very little emotion. Sadness sometimes. I don't remember when I felt really excited about something.

Thats what happens eventually. I was very happy to start. A quick cure from life sensitivity gave me a much needed break.
Six years of these drugs is what creates the dead feeling.

Once you are over the problems of stopping belive me you will have a clearer head. In my case a fresh outlook and probably a greater emotional depth.

I can't tell too much from your letter of why you have so much Xanax prescribed. Especially with the drugs we have availible today for Depression and Anxiety that don't create this level of physical addiction.

I had to plan repeated withdrawals first with psychiatric cognition then aided with newer antidepressant drugs. For what maybe quite a while you will need a less addictive tranquilizer to hand.

I have been through a hell I can't describe. I could write a book. I did'nt have the proper help to start with. I had siezures, reality breaks, Psychiatric wards, physical illness, suicidal ideas while life still kept hitting me from all angles.
I may have a profile that differs from yours as I have manic depression.

I reckon as humans we are all similiar in how the brain refreshes itself. The amazing thing is that it does find a way through.
The drugs you are taking are stopping it from having a proper go at life.

Keep writing.




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