I take lexapro, xanax and synthroid, thats all I take. Does this make me an addict, with the xanax? I take them as im suppose to, but I know I may be addicted by now. I came off them 15 yrs ago when I felt I didn't need them anymore, I did this with a doc help, he didn't put me on another med he just kept cutting it down til I just wasn't taking it anymore. Von-1. Ps I have been on xanax less than a year.
Am I an addict?
- 21 May 2011 by Anonymous
- 24 May 2011
I don't believe you are an addict. You are not abusing the xanax by taking more than prescribed and are not fighting the urge to take more than prescribed. While you are physiologically dependent on the xanax as in you would go into withdrawals if you just stopped it that doesn't make you an addict.
Just my thoughts,
If you do not have a desire to use the drug for a benefit outside of what it was prescribed for. (IE to get high) Then you are not a addict. Many drugs cause dependence, like blood pressure meds, and more yet have addictive properties but many to most don't get addicted for using meds as prescribed. Hope this helps. - Corey
Hello vonnie, in answer to your question, heavens no! Absolutely not. If this was the case, then my "addictions" would have put me in my grave years ago. As Laurie stated, you don't abuse your medications. The manner in which you take your drug(s) is as a medication to begin with. Its saturday morning, coffee is fresh, so whoever might be around this morning, is welcome to sit, enjoy a cup, along with doughnuts and cakes to boot. And vonnie, don't start worrying, and let it get you down, you're not an addict. pass the cream please (no half and half for me) ha!
I don't think because you take these medications that this makes you an addict, you take them because you are seen by a physician and evidentally he is convinced by the medical history you have that there is a reason to prescribe these medications, another thing even though you are on Xanax you take these medications as directed by the doctor, if you were an addict you would take the medications especially the Xanax as you wanted or felt you needed them, also it would be a dangerous thing for you to discontinue the xanax all at once since people on benziodiazepines who abruptly discontinue their medication are in danger of going into seizures, if you are worried about this you need to have a talk with the doctor, just like hospice patients who recover if they get well enough to discontinue narcotics they don't just stop them they gradually reduce the dosage till they are discontinued But as I said if you feel worried about this talk with the doctor and ask him what his feelings are about your concerns. Caringsonbj (Billy)
Von, there is a difference between addiction, which is a chemical disorder that causes cravings and uncontrolled use of a drug despite physical harm from the drug, as opposed to physical dependence in which there will be withdrawals upon abrupt cessation of a drug. Many people, including Drs and nurses, confuse the two. Just because you are physically dependent doesnt mean you are addicted. With physcal dependence you must taper a drug down when it is no longer needed. This is very separate from addiction. I'm going to give you a link to a great website-http://pain-topics.org/ -under the FAQ's section it goen into addiction topics. There is SO much good info on this site. It is a great site for those in chronic pain too!
I too take Xanax and have on and off for many years. If we takes these meds as prescribed, then NO girl, we are not addicts, as DZB said, dependance and addiction are so very different!
Please don't walk through your life feeling bad about a med that has probably saved you from horrid panic attacks, for they are hellish to deal with!!!
Much respect and love,
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