She is 28. She has been taking xanax for years, and abusing it few less than that. Also fiorocet, and occassionally painkillers, I don't know which ones. She is isolated in her room, and/or on the computer 24/7. I don't kno9w if I should insist she join the family, she has a 3 yr old daughter, or let her continue to isolate herself. Today is the 4th day. I'm at the end of my rope, and need guidance. Thank you.
you should try and get her to be around you as much as possible but you cant force anything (however when people say "go away i dont want to talk" it can be effective to just be with them at that time), the #1 most important thing (my opinion) for detox and rehabilitation (even if its self done) is social suport such as family and friends. as for the child i dont know if the child should see her in that state thats really up to you and your daughter to decide. also if shes cold turkeying xanax shes at risk for seziure and death (one of the few w/ds that can kill you)
It is unfortunately normal for those on pills and those who quit them to isolate themselves. I am in group therapy for over dependence on pain pills and I also quit benzos and I still tend to want to be alone. She probably will come out of some of it soon, when she is feeling better. You are doing the right thing by trying to draw her out. My counselor is having to make all of us in group get out and do things, there are 2 of us who quit pills and 2 who quit alcohol. If you can, make her go to a movie or have movie night at the house and invite a trusted friend or family member over also. See if you can get her interested in some sort of hobby. She probably feels very bad, physically and emotionally. She probably feels very quilty and anxious. If you can get her into some group therapy, that will help. I know she is probably not being very cooperative right now. It may take a couple of weeks before she starts physically feeling better.
You might consider AL ANON for you, they have NarcAnon too, but, there are less of those meetings. AL ANON is for the family and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics, who are trying to help. It is a wonderful support group for those who are trying to help an addict or alcoholic.
is she actually detoxing from the pills and exhibiting other symptoms because i know when i detoxed off of opiates(i believe fioricet has codiene) and xanax i couldnt sit still, i was climbing the wall and i couldnt eat and concentrat. if she is detoxing then some isolation can be normal or even a depression and that may last some time. it is different for everyone and one size doesnt fit all. I would encourage her to come out and be around people because that can help depression but i think its interesting she is on the computer all the time. can you tell me is she acting differently aside from isolating because benzos are tough to come off of. I know a medication called baclofen they are starting to use for withdrawals and cravings. it is an antispasmotic but it acts on the same gaba receptors as xanax and it is not addictive and they have good success with it. People who were hardcore benzo users and alcoholics swear by it. many doctors dont know of its use for that but for myself i have anxiey and panic attacks and my dr is open i am going to try it. good luck and i hope your daughter is doing better.
Mom If you still need to talk to someone there are hot line numbers in your phone book that you can call and talk to someone. Hopefully they can guide you and answer any questions that are concerning you. then there is always your Doctor or Pharmacist Good Luck I will keep your family in my prayers
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