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Old 05-18-2020, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default I know I have an issue.

But maybe Iím scared to ask for help. Maybe I just donít want to?

I have a Xanax problem. It started in 2018 when my doctor prescribed me Xanax twice a day as needed. I didnít realize the bottle said ďas neededĒ I thought it literally said to take it twice a day. Since then I havenít been able to stop. I sometimes take one a day. Sometimes 3. Twice 4. I take it for anxiety but also for emotional and physical pain. Basically the second I feel anything I immediately think of the Xanax.

I will be having surgery and I have a fear of getting addicted to pain pills.

I also have traits of an ED although everyone tells me I have an actual ED but I donít really believe them. But itís gotten more intense during the lockdown.

I am worried about talking about it. Does anyone have any suggestions? I donít want my doctor to fire me since Iíve heard he has done it before with other people.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: I know I have an issue.

Do you think itíd be okay to tell your doctor youíre having some concerns with it? I think that might be the most logical way of dealing with it. Otherwise you risk not having your doctor in the loop. I have found itís usually better to keep professionals more informed than not.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: I know I have an issue.

I told my doctor that I bought Xanax online (Because I wanted to be in control of having my own benzos for derealized/depersonalized-dissociative panic attacks/psychedelic flashbacks from hallucinogen persisting perception disorder instead of the 20x Ativan that he sometimes prescribed me) and was taking 0.5mg some evenings to relax and then it became every evening for 2-3 months due to normal environmental stressors.

I tried cutting the 1mg Xanax blotter into quarters for 0.25mg for two evenings and then by the second night, I couldn't sleep - Even with the 7.5mg zopiclone that I take every night. I was tossing and turning from 12am (When I usually go to bed) to 6am so I took 1mg and fell asleep.

I told him about the Xanax and was honest about it. I asked him if he could prescribe 14x 10mg of Valium (For 2 weeks) and then 8mg for 2 weeks, then 6mg, 4mg, then 2mg - But he said that "10mg is too high" and he prescribed me 14x 5mg Valiums and said to "Take every night and see me again in 2 weeks".

The pharmacist said to take it for a few nights and then only take it if I either: 1., Have impending sense of doom or 2., Can't sleep. So I took the pharmacists advice.

I took 9x 5mg so far in 16 days. I haven't taken any Xanax since then. I took one 5mg in the past 7 days! (Because of Valiums long half life).

So basically I'm already off of the Xanax and Valium. People use the Aston Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Method where you take the equivalent dose of benzo (Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, etc) converted to Valium (10mg Valium = 0.5mg Xanax, 0.5mg Klonopin, 1mg Ativan, etc) and decrease by 2mg of Valium every 2 weeks.

You can beat an eating disorder with the help of self awareness, distraction, self love, (Maybe psychedelics if you're into that - Maybe go to a concert, feel the music, be around good people, be ok with having a little more fat on you - No one's perfect - Ibogaine derivatives can help cure addiction - So can proper therapy - Find a therapist that likes hippie drugs and is aware of Portugal drug decriminalization and empathy for addicts etc, cut the alcohol, be yourself).

You're a wonderful person and don't deserve such pain and anxiety. You deserve to be happy, content and have a nice life. Pain is good if you recognize that it helps you grow and change - And to be ok with it - Cuz I've learned from ketamine that dissociating away from my depression isn't what I needed. I wanted to be present and BE my thoughts instead of LOOKING AT them. I want to experience the moment completely, authentically with love, integrity. I'm around supportive people - And benzos over time can make you not remember anything and lower IQ, cognition, etc.. So best thing is;

Decide when you've had enough of the benzos. When you're ready, make the decision before you decide, then decide. Nothing can stop an addict when they really want to quit: Why? Because they have the opposite strength just as much as what they run from: Pain. Don't want it anymore? Rock bottom! The good life and memories of happiness makes you aware: To see.

Find the right path. Life is life. Reality can be a mess but you can do anything you set your mind to, be less anxious: Meditate, be spiritual. Don't let anyone get you down. All the trauma you may have been through only makes you stronger. You have worth.
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Getting off Klonopin was one of the best things I ever did for myself. If you decide to go that route, just know, it will take several months. It is really slow, even with Xanax.
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Default Re: I know I have an issue.

I had really bad SI on Friday, and instead of
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I took a Xanax instead and it really helped me not do something stupid. I donít know. Maybe things arenít as bad as I think. Iím not sure though. I talked to my therapist about Friday.
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What did the t say about all this?
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