Fighting pill addiction is never an easy task, especially without professional help. The first step in fighting (and winning) a battle with Xanax addiction is admitting the existing problem and accepting the battle that must now be fought. The second step in defeating this demon with a little more ease is discussing the problem and solution with a trusted physician.
A Mental Weight Lifted
No one could possibly know the mental weight of carrying around the secret of a Xanax addiction better than the patient. The guilt and shame often overtake the mind and soul, leading to depression and other mental health-related medical issues. This is very common for a person addicted to Xanax.
After talking to his or her doctor about the problems that exist, as well as discussing the possible paths to recovery, a patient with a Xanax addiction often finds a degree of instant comfort. The mental weight is often lessened greatly after the problem is addressed with a trusted medical professional, and the said professional expresses his willingness to help along the pathway to sobriety. However, it is very important that the patient be honest and upfront with the doctor in order to get the best care.
Questions and More Questions
In order to help decide the best professional referrals to make, as well as to decide what treatment plan may suit the addict best, the doctor needs forthcoming answers to some direct, but possibly difficult, questions. Some of these questions may include:
- How long have you been abusing Xanax?
- How often do you take them?
- Have you ever tried to quit before now?
The doctor may also want to know how any prior attempts to quit went, such as how long the patient is able to maintain sobriety without experiencing a relapse. It is important to remember that everything the doctor asks is an attempt to gain information used to determine the BEST way to help in each individual situation. Honesty is of the utmost importance at this step of recovery.
In addition to the questions the doctor may ask of the patient, the patient may also make inquiries. Some of the most common questions include:
- Is it better to see a drug counselor, a psychiatrist, or both?
- Are there alternatives to inpatient rehabilitation?
- What if a relapse occurs?
Many patients fear being judged harshly at this step of recovery. However, a trusted physician is more than happy to reassure the patient in a compassionate way, and patiently answer all questions to the best of his or her professional abilities without placing judgment.
After all of the questions are asked and answered, the doctor makes all of the professional recommendations and referrals based on the answers provided by the patient. If psychiatric care is recommended, this is the time the referral is made. It is also determined at this time whether in-patient care is necessary, or whether the Xanax addiction may be treated with out-patient care and support group meetings. Again, for the recommendations to be the best suited for the patient, honesty is essential.
Once the referrals are made, it is important to keep and attend all appointments and follow all professional instructions implicitly. The battle against Xanax addiction is difficult, to say the least. However, the professionals are here to help with the difficult parts and to make a life of sobriety an achievable goal. Following all instructions helps the patient accomplish this very goal.
Follow-up Care and Future Doctor Visits
Upon the completion of the recommended recovery plan, make a follow-up appointment with the primary physician. This is necessary so that the primary physician may perform a general health check and update the patient files with any necessary notations. The doctor wants to take extra care and precaution so that he or she does not prescribe the patient something that may be habit-forming to treat any future medical issue. Also, the doctor would not want to mistakenly, have forgotten about the prior addiction, prescribe the patient Xanax ever again. At any follow-up appointments with the primary doctors, honesty remains essential.
Not everyone wins their battles with Xanax addiction, but you can. In order to hide their guilt and shame, many decide to try to quit alone, without professional help. While it can be done, it is more difficult, and less likely. Make your battle easier by speaking to a physician about professional assistance. We can help you. Call us today at 833-762-3739