How to Stop Using Xanax
Anna Deeds Says...
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, Xanax is just like any other drug. I wonder if you could have tapered off heroin. It's nearly impossible for an addict to control their drug use. It's part of what makes a person an addict. The inability to cut back or stop using even when you really want to is a part of the disease of addiction. The only answer is to get help. A detox and rehab program is the best way for you to get the help you need. Xanax withdrawal is very dangerous so a medical facility is the best way to come off Xanax. You would be medically monitored to prevent some of the more serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and make you more comfortable while you come off it.
You didn't mention if a doctor is prescribing all or some of the Xanax you are taking. If a doctor is prescribing the medication, then you do have the option of asking your doctor to taper you. You would have to be honest about not being able to taper yourself and the doctor may arrange to only release a certain amount each week. However, if you buy them on the street, it will be too easy for you to just buy more and supplement what the doctor is giving you.
You may be able to find a halfway house that would work with you to manage the medication and taper you down but you would have to have a legal prescription for that as well. They cannot obviously taper you from illicit drugs. You would have to contact the programs in your area and explain your situation to see if they are willing to do this. You can contact your local county drug and alcohol agency to help you find treatment programs. To find this agency, try Google with the search terms (your county) and drug and alcohol agency. They would be able to tell you if there are any programs in your area. Also, you can contact your insurance and ask them for a referral to treatment. I really hope you will reconsider inpatient treatment. In my opinion, it is the best option for coming off Xanax.
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