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Can people get hooked on Xanax that easy?

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Can people get hooked on Xanax that easy?

Just like many people right now, I also have been experiencing anxiety and depression because of the coronavirus pandemic. For me, It's difficult to go outside because of the fear of catching the virus and spreading the virus to my family. On top of that, I'm also afraid of getting attacked by a random person since I'm asian-not chinese. All I want is just going grocery shopping in peace and that's what I said to my doctor. I would like to have some medication like Xanax to calm myself a little bit while being in the public spaces. I'm not totally unfamiliar with the medications for mood disorders. I did try Lorazepam but it didn't quiet work for me, so I asked Doctor if he can prescribe Xanax instead, but he said no because it's very addictive. I did gather some information about Xanax from friends and googling. It seems that many people are getting some benefits from Xanax, but my doctor seems quiet strict about it. Is it even possible to get it if I sign a consent on it? I've never experienced any addiction toward anything such as substances or alcohol in my life. I don't think I'll get addicted on Xanax or any medication for that matter since I don't like the idea of getting hooked on something. Keep in mind that I'm not obsessed on getting Xanax. If there are other medications as effective as Xanax, or home remedy such as shots of whiskey, I would like to know about them. Please let me know. Thanks.
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Hi there. I was addicted to a tranquilizer and the only way to stop it is very gradually.Face With Tears Of Joy
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I mean, you're basically drug seeking. Doctors hate that, they want you to tell you them about the issue and they will offer a course of treatment. The more doctors you go to then the more it looks like you're just drug seeking, which you kind of are to be honest.
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Yes, people can get hooked on it that easy.
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yes...they are very addictive. most drs will not give them out freely. have you tried a natural medicine like Melatonin?

https://www.healthline.com/health/anxie ... or-anxiety

also Magnesium, Best when taken with a B vitamin.....

Ive just started taking cbd oil, but its trial & error...hard to know what dose is best. i recently tried edibles & was surprised how much it relaxed me.
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ludwig3 wrote: I've never experienced any addiction toward anything such as substances or alcohol in my life. I don't think I'll get addicted on Xanax or any medication for that matter since I don't like the idea of getting hooked on something.
You just haven't encountered such substances yet. Donot screw up your life. You have no idea how easily people get hooked on these stuff and loose control of themselves to a point of only thinking about another dose. There are way worse stuff that can happen to you if you mess with these dangerous drugs!
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You should ask your doctor about getting your anxiety assessed. I don't mean this in a negative way, but your post makes it really seem like you have an underlying anxiety disorder, COVID-19 aside.

I don't think it's fair to necessarily say you're drug seeking, but I think you're trying to find an easy solution for your anxiety. The first step is acknowledging/investigating it with your medical professional, and trying to learn about how to control your anxiety with less invasive means (i.e. cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, etc.). These interventions involve a bit of time and work, but they provide you with strategies you can use throughout your entire life, and sometimes even show superior results versus pharmacological management.
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"Abuse of Xanax is so widespread that references to the drug have invaded popular culture and the rap music scene in particular.

In 2013, rapper Ricky Hil, Tommy Hilfiger’s son, came out with a song about Xanax addiction called “Xanax Bars.” And when South Florida rapper Lil Pump reached one million followers on Instagram in 2017, he celebrated by slicing a “Xan cake” make to look like a green Xanax bar.

California rap artist Diego Leanos, who goes by the stage name Lil Xan, had a breakout hit with his 2017 song “Betrayed,” about his two-year addiction to Xanax. The artist’s music video has garnered more than 211 million hits on YouTube.

Lil Xan says he decided to give up Xanax following the 2017 death of his friend and fellow rap artist Lil Peep, who died after overdosing on a combination of Xanax and fentanyl." (source: https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/pre ... anax-bars/ )
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Regarding non-addictive medication, ask about buspirone:

"Buspirone, sold under the brand name Buspar among others, is a medication primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, particularly generalized anxiety disorder. Benefits support its short term use...

...Buspirone is relatively well tolerated, and is not associated with sedation, cognitive and psychomotor impairment, muscle relaxation, physical dependence, or anticonvulsant effects. In addition, buspirone does not produce euphoria, and is not a drug of abuse..." (from wikipedia)
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@ludwig3

Fellow sufferer of depression and anxiety for almost 20 years.

For some time now, I've also had the fear of being attacked or robbed. However, it's an irrational fear and drugs are not the solution here. Think about it: if you stop taking it one day, the fear just comes back. Once social distancing becomes old news, I'm enrolling in self defense classes - this is what will prevent myself from being attacked and robbed. The solution to the fear of being attacked is to protect oneself, not take drugs to hide the fear.

A proven success method to reduce anxiety and depression is cognitive behavioural therapy, which involves recognizing anxiety when it occurs, recognizing and measuring the sensations and level of anxiety, recognizing the type of cognitive distortion you're experiencing, and creating 'countering-thoughts' for the situation. Take a look at the link below and google anything you feel might help yourself.

Google links

Also, try to find a psychotherapist or counselor to talk through your issues.

Finally, try to find peer support from friends and family you can trust or from the mental health community. Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is one example who offer virtual peer support right now.

If you're doing something that's hard, it means you're moving in the right direction. Just stick to it.
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Ask your doctor about the Bounce Back program. It's free, very helpful and uses CBT with workbooks and a bi-weekly phone session with a counselor. There's also a a free app called TruReach that is similar but without the one-on-one.

https://bouncebackontario.ca/

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