Given the rather severe withdrawal issues associated with addiction to anxiety medication, individuals are strongly urged not to try and quit cold turkey.
Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is asking a critically important question in its latest blog post: Can I be addicted to my anxiety medication?
“As we become more aware of the debilitating and potentially life-threatening effects of anxiety disorders, more individuals each year are being prescribed medication to help them manage their condition and lead healthy, productive lives,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, anxiety medication abuse and addiction are also on the rise. In fact, in recent years there has been an alarming 300% increase in the number of people seeking treatment for addiction to anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, Rohypnol, Ativan, Serax and other drugs that fall into the enzodiazepines class.”
According to the A Forever Recovery blog post, an individual may be addicted to anxiety medication if they experience any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty controlling use
- Seeking multiple prescriptions or “doctor shopping”
- Other “drug seeking behavior”
- Concurrent use of other addictive drugs, like alcohol
- Preference to drug use over other activities
- Signs of withdrawal (described above)
“Given the rather severe withdrawal issues associated with addiction to anxiety medication, individuals are strongly urged not to try and quit cold turkey,” added Per Wickstrom. “The best route is to seek inpatient treatment at a certified local facility, where they can get the around-the-clock medical care and support they need to handle both the detox and the vulnerable post-recovery phase.”
The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “Can I be Addicted to my Anxiety Medication?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/can-addicted-anxiety-medication/
About A Forever Recovery
A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.
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