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Xanax & Alcohol Addiction

answered 12:31 PM EST, Mon December 05, 2011
jcenedel jcenedel Virginia Beach
I know I have a Xanax addiction and alcohol problems. I would seek professional help, but I live on an island in Asia and no one here speaks English. Another problem is that in this culture therapy is hard to get because it is looked down upon. I take at least 4 mg of Xanax a day and drink too much-What do you think is the safest way to stop both. Are saunas dangerous? I know I can't go cold turkey, but tapering off and using a sauna be ok? What about a cleanse? Thanks a lot-I am 8,000 miles from home and need help. No one here understands how hard it is.

Stephanie Adams Says...

I'm glad you decided to write and seek help. I wish I could see you in person - I can understand how difficult your situation is. I want to recommend a resource to help - MDLiveCare.com. I can and will offer help as to the behavioral/social aspects of addiction and self-care, but I can't help you with the physical questions you brought up. I am not qualified to tell you a safe way to taper off Xanax and alcohol use, or how to use saunas. I know there is a way but without medical training I can't tell you about potential side effects. MDLiveCare.com offers consultations online with medical professionals even if you're not local...check them out and let me know what you think for the physical aspects of the question you just asked!

As for the mental health aspects of the question you asked, I don't know whether you're a native resident of the island in Asia you refer to or perhaps an expatriate of the U.S. or another country, but I want to encourage you to seek help via the web for addiction support groups and mental health care. I provide therapy online to Texas residents, and I can usually still see them even if they're temporarily located overseas. If you're seeing a non-U.S. therapist, you may not even have to see one in your (former) state of residence. There are a lot of great resources out there, including TherapyLiveCare.com, an affiliate of MDlivecare.com. There are chat groups, resource websites like selfgrowth.com and of course choosehelp.com! I can also recommend therapy websites iTherapyRx.com and Experts-Now.com. Don't give up. There is someone online right now, I'm sure of it, that is qualified and happy to help you. At the very least, if you want to email me privately I can more specifically direct you to someone who can provide you with therapy based on your specific location. You can get through it! Don't give up!

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