https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dangers-rising-benzo-prescriptions-raise-alarms-next-drug-crisis-n895361

I’m happy to share this story because I find it inspiring.

I’m always for accountability and transparency. I like it when people take responsibility for their lives and their actions. I realize that it’s difficult to do at times, but I’m happy that this lady is taking steps to get over her addiction to Benzos. Xanax has taken much from her life and she’s angry about it. Rightfully so.

There are many out there who take drugs to get high. Not street drugs, I’m talking legal medicines. To them this is a cheap way to get that feeling that they need.

Maybe not cheap. It’s a discreet way of getting drugs. You don’t have to walk the streets looking for a dealer. He’s your PCP and he’ll do just fine to give you plenty of pills for your alleged ailments.

Of course, many people are in pain, many are suffering from anxiety and other health issues. Many are hopeless and can’t get enough sleep, so turning to your doctor is the right thing to do. This lady needed help sleeping and was prescribed this medication by her doctor. She felt ok initially, but soon realized that she had a problem. She noticed that when she wasn’t taking her meds, she missed them considerably and was having terrible withdrawal symptoms.

She informed her doctor that she thought she might have a problem. Her doctor didn’t take her seriously. She informed him that she needed to get help coming off. He told her that it’s just normal anxiety and that she could EASILY ween herself off if she wanted to. Well she wanted to, but it didn’t work. She fell deeper into addiction because she trusted the opinion of a medical professional. In reality he told her to quit cold turkey. She tried this and to her dismay, that didn’t work. Eventually she found out that she needed to slowly decrease the dosage.

Well as time progressed, she is on the way to recovery. But she’s bringing baggage along the way. Simply because she was trying to rid herself of one problem, she’s faced with others.

This is what she wants you to know.

  • Before taking benzos, ask your doctor what the risks are. Ask if there are other treatment options like antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Benzos should be used as short-term and intermittent treatments. Avoid long-term use.
  • Never stop taking benzos suddenly. Talk to a doctor about a plan to taper over time.
  • Tell your doctor which other medications you’re taking, and ask about taking the drugs together.
  • Parents should be aware that some benzos can be bought online so they should talk to their teens about the dangers and be on the lookout for mysterious packages and precision scales, which are used to measure doses. Even tiny dosages can be deadly.
  • We are responsible for our own health. We have to be proactive in getting the help that we need. But many of us just trust our doctors. I don’t trust mine at all. Some things I’ll go along with after I research it, but others, if it doesn’t seem right, I’ll pass. Giving me drugs and not telling me that I’ll be hooked on them after 3 weeks ain’t cool.