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Unhappy Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - March 21st 2009, 03:45 AM

I'm recovering from constant use of physical/mental dependency to xanax and muscle relaxers (together, via powder form). My doctor prescribes me still the xanax and i have bad anxiety and i'm still forced to take it from time from time. How does one still take what they need without falling into relapse ((again))..

..my cycle of use is hard to break and i don't know what to do because i still need apart of the problem..

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Re: Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - March 25th 2009, 04:30 PM

Tricky.

Having a drug you've developed a reliance on right under your nose is practically torture...
Does your doctor know about the problems you have/had? It strikes me as strange that they would continue to give you a drug you're abusing.

Uh, otherwise have someone control your intake. You should not know where the drug is kept within the household and a limited supply or daily timetabled dosage should be given to you. The person who you've asked to do this should ensure that the drug has indeed been digested and not kept for a later, bigger hit.

That's about all you can do. Having the drug in your own control wouldn't cut it.
   
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Re: Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - March 28th 2009, 03:38 PM

Hey Hannah,

I am sorry to hear you are struggling. I would definitely bring this up with your doctor. You will not get in trouble and they just want to help you and do what is best for you. There might be another less addictive medication thy would like you to try or different treatment options. I want to let you know that you are not alone. Many people taking medications similar to yours develop problems with addiction and dependancy. I take muscle relaxants myself and I also take a drug in the same class as xanax for my migraines One thing that helps me is putting the medicines somewhere out of the way. That way I have sometime to think about my actions on the way to get them. I think Charlotte's suggestion of having someone hold your pills for you is a wonderful idea. Do you know of anyone who could do this for you? Maybe a friend or a family member could help out. Another tip is having a support system ready whenever you feel like abusing either drug. Do you have anyone you can call when you are feeling like giving in? Have you ever tried calling a drug hotline? You can find a hotline in your country here: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/showthread.php?t=22
Also, having a list of distracting or relaxing things to do when you're getting a craving can help a lot. I wish you the best of luck with trying to get/stay sober. If you ever need someone to talk to I am here. I am never to busy to listen and I know what you are going through. You don't have to do this alone. You can always use the live help feature of this site if you are having a hard time. We are here to help you if you will let us. Don't hesitate to PM me. You are not alone. Stay strong and take care.


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Re: Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - March 29th 2009, 10:33 PM

Ask your doctor if there are any non habit forming medications you can take, or some relaxation methods you could try such as meditation etc. Does he/she know of your addiction?
   
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Re: Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - April 1st 2009, 03:01 AM

I'm to scared to tell my doctor. I'm afraid she'd take me off it (which probably be good but i don't think i can take that)

Letting someone control my intake is a good idea but i don't have anyone to do that. Plus, then i'd be questioned about WHY (ugh, its a dreaded question)..

..i'm stuck in a hole. =/
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Re: Cycle & Balancing ACT?!? - April 1st 2009, 04:01 AM

Hannah,

Getting help can be scary but it is what you need right now. You need to convince yourself to tell your doctor what is going on. Write a list of all the ways your life would positively be effected if it were addiction free. One big step on the road to recovery is eliminating temptation. Ultimately it is up to you to make the right choice here. If you don't think you would have the strength to talk to her about what is going on do you think you could write her a letter or an e-mail. Just calmly write everything down and think of what a big favor you are doing yourself. Maybe even write it in the third person if you think it will help you. I really hope you can gather the courage to talk to your doctor. You are strong and I know you don't want to continue like this. Take care and hang in there.


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