Dealing with a Loved One’s Xanax Overdose

Dealing with a Loved One's Xanax OverdoseWhen someone overdoses on Xanax, loved ones may react in any of the following ways:

  • I had no idea he was addicted, but I should have known
  • How can she be so desperate when I’m right here for her?
  • What could I have done differently?
  • He’s a lost cause; I don’t think he’ll ever get over this addiction
  • What does this overdose say about our family?
  • If addiction can affect her, am I at risk too?

In response to an overdose, loved ones may experience anything from anger to compassion, and bystanders are often unsure how to express their feelings. However, when people keep these thoughts to themselves, they never learn how to support addiction recovery.

Problems of Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a prescription antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication that is highly addictive. It is a benzodiazepine that includes sleeping aids, anti-convulsive medications and other drugs that eliminate anxiety, panic and depression. It gives users a feeling of euphoria which, when coupled with psychological relief, can be quite addictive. One third of all people who use Xanax for over 30 days will become dependent on it.

The body becomes tolerant to Xanax very quickly, so within a few days of use people will no longer feel its euphoric effects. For most patients this is a good thing, because they will take a dose that relieves their symptoms, but does not cause a high. However, when users crave the euphoria associated with their first use, they may do so by taking more than prescribed or combining it with other drugs or alcohol. This type of abuse leads to addiction very quickly, and can easily cause an overdose.

Treating Xanax Addiction

Because Xanax addiction is both physical and psychological, addicts need holistic treatment that includes the following elements:

  • Personal counseling
  • A careful diagnosis of co-occurring disorders
  • Education about the causes of addiction and how to relieve it
  • Learning coping and relaxation techniques
  • Support group meetings
  • Family counseling and codependency prevention

Inpatient treatment programs allow patients to focus on the healing process. Family members can even visit their loved ones during inpatient treatment, or even engage in counseling alongside their loved one.

Help for Xanax Overdose

The most important thing to do when a loved one overdoses on Xanax is to call 911 for emergency help. Afterwards, you can help by taking any of the following actions:

  • Find a safe place to share your feelings and fears
  • Express your willingness to help with addiction recovery
  • Learn about the recovery process and the effects of Xanax abuse
  • Reach out for professional help

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