Xanax abuse (not use) a growing problem

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – It may not get as much headlines as prescription painkillers and heroin, but Xanax can be just as addictive and deadly for some, experts say. The drug recently made headlines after news the University of Minnesota police were investigating members of the wrestling team for abusing the drug. It is a medication used to reduce anxiety, but too much of it, especially mixed with something else can be dangerous.

“The first time I felt it, I was just hooked immediately,” said Chris, 24. He says he was 16 or 17 when he he tried Xanax for the first time. “I loved it. I loved the high,” he recalled, describing the high similar to being drunk.. Searching to fit in at a new school in Lakeville, he found the answer in the drug also known as Benzodiazepine. “It’s completely destroyed my life. I was stealing from family members, I almost died twice within a year period,” he said. He almost died after overdosing on the drug. He says a friend took him to the hospital. And then a few months later he says he blacked out while driving. “I swerved off the road and crashed at 70 miles an hour. Luckily I wasn’t hurt though,” he said.

Drug experts say the medication has been around for a while.

“It doesn’t really capture the headlines to the extent opiates and heroin do, but it’s certainly been around for a long time,” said Carol Falkowski of Drug Abuse Dialogues. Falkowski has tracked drug abuse for decades. In her latest drug trends report, she found that it is the second most prescribed drug seized by police. The Minnesota Department of Health also reports an increase of deaths related to Benzodiazepines. “We have seen an increase of prescribing for all sorts of drugs, so it’s logical to expect an increase in abuse,” she said.

Chris says he saw an increase in the use of Benzodiazepine among his friends in the south metro as recent as last year. “The medicine has a proper use but people abusing it is happening more and more,” he said. He has left that world behind, now in recovery at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. He credits the treatment and his faith in Christianity that helped him to become sober. He says he’s grateful he’s alive to warn others of his mistakes. “It can cost you your life,” he said.


Psychiatrist cuts off accidental’ addict, panic ensues

« on: April 28, 2016, 01:07:06 am »


I am tapering from klonopin and working with a wacky psychiatrist. I am three days short of doses before I see him next. Instead of calling the pharmacy to get me enough until I see him next he calls me and leaves me a message saying he doesn’t have time to call the pharmacy. He suggests I “stretch it out”. What?  If I had epilepsy would you tell me to stretch it out. The pharmacy won’t refill because it’s a “controlled substance”.
WHAT RIGHTS DO WE HAVE? I don’t want to be addicted to this medication but I am and I have to deal with that. What do you all recommend (besides getting a new doc)? I’m tapering not updosing so why is he so freaked about calling in a few extra days for me???

Methadone addict worries psych ward doctors will pump him full of drugs

Behavioral health ward?
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:54:48 pm »


Ok so a Dr at the methadone clinic I go to recomended this. I don’t know what to do. I have a few other options I’m looking into first but I’m seriously considering checking into the psych ward. I’m just really afraid they’re going to pump me full of other drugs and give me new problems. I see a lot on here about detoxes and whatnot but not about actually getting mental health help. Thoughts? I don’t think I have problems that need attention asside from this issue. The problem is after going through a cold turkey detox once I’m now so afraid of it that knowing I have to get off these pills is making me crazy. My life has become completely unmanageable. I just stay in my house and worry about this. It’s really bad. I have a couple of new psych doc appointments including one who was recomended on here so no matter what I’ll be waiting to see what they say but I want to cover all my bases

Re: Behavioral health ward?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2016, 01:59:28 am »


The purpose of an inpatient unit, such as behavioral health, is to stabilize whatever situation a person has with medication (usually lots) and then sending them on their way with outpatient services.

If you’re looking to detox from benzos, they will likely do that for you but will throw other stuff in the mix. You can always decline medication or simply just not take any once you get out.

I went through an inpatient detox and they threw three medications at me (lexapro, hydroxyzine, gabapentin) all at low doses. I never filled any scripts when I left, although I did start gabapentin a few months later which caused a lot of problems.

So it’s up to you. It may be a miserable experience or it may be what you need to get yourself off benzos. I know I could never taper and detox got me off.

Re: Behavioral health ward?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2016, 12:59:13 pm »


That’s the thing as long as I have this problem I’m not sure the worrying and crap will let up. I’m so afraid of it. I truly believe that I traumatized myself with a cold turkey xanex detox in the past. So now more of my problem is being afraid of the fact that I will have to go through this. And although I know an inpatient program is quick I feel like at least once I get out I’m off. There is no taper, there would be no worries of things getting worse over time. There would be only healing over time. And that’s huge. At this point I have 3 options. Try titration on my own, I’ve got a Dr. Appointment with a guy who’s supposed to be good, and then there’s the traditional detox which is like a 7 day thing and I’m not sure they won’t try and detox me from methadone too. Which I don’t want to do at the same time for obvious reasons.

Re: Behavioral health ward?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 09:51:16 pm »


‘behavioral health’ I’ve always found this an odd concept. As if the issue is that you cannot behave yourself ?

Can they force you to take drugs ? I don’t know the laws/rules where you live.

Would they taper you from benzos ? A fast taper, or cold turkey ?
It is possible that they will add other drugs. Whether they will be helpful … If they don’t have any expertise about ‘benzo withdrawal’ the odds aren’t good.

I’m not sure how things would work. Will they attempt to diagnose you with a DSM diagnosis based on observation by the staff ? ‘mental illness’ model.

I don’t get the relationship between the methadone and the benzo.
Having said that, some people do well on psychiatric drugs … but not many.

Member scores cult on delusional belief system i.e. accidental addict dogma

How Attempts to Distance from the Term Addiction Can Result in Harm
« on: January 13, 2016, 05:35:37 pm »


I know of several instances in my real life and now have also seen a bunch on the BB board where people are more concerned with what they’re being called rather than whether the pharmaceutical protocol they’re following is helping them get well or hurting and delaying their recovery.

As long as they get reassurance they’re not nasty addicts, they can continue with their denial and keep popping whatever it is they’re still taking. The way I see it, people who so adamantly insist they are better than actual “addicts” are merely perpetuating the stereotype that a hijacked, addicted brain is some kind of moral failing. This attitude just makes it harder for others to take a clear-eyed look at their own situation and make changes for the better.

If a doctor put you on something and your brain got addicted to it and you had the strength to get off of it, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. But you also won’t increase the speed of your healing by heaping shame on others and trying to distance yourself.

And by the way, it’s completely screwed up how doctors treat EVERYBODY on this issue. The whole system is due for a major overhaul and it goes way beyond trying to school doctors not to call you an addict.

Re: How Attempts to Distance from the Term Addiction Can Result in Harm
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2016, 06:14:42 pm »


I don’t believe that people calling themselves addicts, accidental addicts or iatrogenically dependent can harm themsleves or anyone else. We all came here for the same purpose, to gain support and information in a quest to become benzo free or to receive support as the recovery process continues. Our members deserve respect at all times.

I certainly don’t see people “popping” medications because they don’t feel they are “addicts” and I have been here a really long time. Many people are polydrugged and need to take care of one medication at a time. Additionally, we are not an anti drug support forum, our focus is on benzo withdrawal. If someone decides they need a particular medication, there should be absolutely no stigma or judgmental attitudes towards them.

I see no “heaping of shame” on others and to bring this up, you are making an issue out of what is in all actuality a non-issue.


Re: How Attempts to Distance from the Term Addiction Can Result in Harm
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2016, 06:55:15 pm »



You’re just not getting it. No offense.

Addict binges on drugs but blames Big Pharma?

I have everything: grades, looks, connections. What do you think is wrong with me?
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:46:25 am »


I’m blessed with so much yet can’t seem to get my act together, it’s a shame.

– No motivation…
– addictive personality, tendencies to binge on things then abstain wether it be food, or a video game, or the monopoly game at McDonald’s
– I have girls throwing themselves at me but don’t pursue :idiot: :P
– I’m on 200mg Zoloft
I use drugs all the time, even though I’ve been getting cleaner and cleaner since getting arrested
– it runs in the family my cousin just died from overdose and my in uncle just got out of ICU for alcoholism
– sketchy behavior