i will try to give you the most important information if i can. about two years ago i knew there was something going on with my son. he pretty much gave up everything in his life. no more baseball, motocross racing, hanging with certain friends... we all know the signs. he really started acting weird one day. he couldnt remember things and wasnt making any sense when he talked. this is the time my husband and i found out he was abusing xanax. since then he has been to detox center for 5 days, he has also been in rehab for 10 days. he has gone through the drug abuse program, like an AA for 30 days straight, now on and off. he sees his doctor on a regular basis who now has him on zoloft 100mg daily. he sometimes takes buspar. we have tried to do what we can to help him and i know he never wants to be at that place again. the problem is i found out that he has gotten xanax on and off all along. after talking to him i realise he is absolutely sure that he will die if his body doesnt have them. when his heart starts racing and he isnt feeling to good he will take a xanax or valum. my son is seriously not stupid, and he went through a very hard time and he truly is frightened. how can i make him believe he went through the hardest part already. that the panic feeling and not feeling well could possibly last for weeks. what do i do to help him? i would appreciate any advice.
Hello alwaysbelieving. Long tale short, I went through detox for my xanax addiction. In patient for almost 6 weeks. As you've said, hes already gone through the worst of it. I really don't know how much of a dose he was on. In my case, it was high, and even with been given phenobarbital, I managed to have a siezure, which caused me to lose the ability to talk. Pretty devastating. My medications then, were more the anti-pyschotics. There are medications besides the benzodiazepines, to help curb, fight his anxiety. As you said hes taken zoloft. Paxil, is one that I'm taking and it certainly helps. Doesn't work as a valium or a xanax, and its not meant to. He knows his body, how it works and he knows that he will have to make an adjustment. Bottom line is he needs to want to change. Without his wanting, things will stay the same or dgo down hill. I wanted the change, And I made it. But its up to him.
No amount of time in any treatment program is going to help him if he doesn't want. If the wants not there, neither is the healing. best to you. hope he wakes up.
I was going to say the same as Pledge. No amount of rehab will make a person clean unless they truly WANT to be clean. It sounds like he is still rationalizing his use. He will go through withdrawals that are very uncomfortable, no doubt and this is where that willingness to change comes into place. there has to be the will to get past that. There is not much you can do until he, himself, decides he wants to make the change to become clean.
The other answers are right on spot from what I can hear you are doing all you can finding him dr's to help,yu sound vey suppotive like he can confide in you. Your son isn't stupid you are right he is going through problems anybody would have a hard time dealing with! So do what yu are doing talk to him, keep up with meds alt f meds need to be taken on time everyday to help, if he is still feeling anxiety talk to dr or more dr to help, but the rest is up to him he needs to make the decision to keep on trying you can't do that for him but with your support he may get there. I wish you luck and him happiness of feeling free of this addiction and yu all good health litlmommag-
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