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    Man Worried About Friend’s Long-Term Xanax Addiction

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    Man Worried About Friend’s Long-Term Xanax Addiction

    Caller: 35-year old man calling on behalf of his buddy

    Problem: Long-term Xanax addiction and use of various other drugs

    Seeking: Long-term treatment program which would also include detox

    Reason(s): The caller is requesting further information about the possibility of a Xanax overdose. The man is also interested in finding out what the results are of stopping Xanax use cold turkey. According to the caller, the friend he is asking about has a “distinctly pharmaceutical mentality.” According to the man, his friend always self-medicates whenever he feels that something is amiss. He said about his buddy, “When his girlfriend of four years broke up with him, he decided to try Xanax because he felt that he was suffering from anxiety. Instead of having this checked out by an actual doctor or shrink, he just decided to buy Xanax from a friend. Well, guess what, he felt better for a little while. Then he tried to stop taking them and he felt worse. Now he just takes Xanax and sometimes other drugs to keep himself baseline and sometimes takes a handful when feeling upset.” According to the caller, the user needs to understand that you do not need to medicate everything. That generally, it is important to deal with problems as they arise. The caller said, “He needs a long-term program that is not just going to detox him, but that gives him a better perspective of who he is and what he needs to do with his life. That he does not need drugs to deal with issues.”

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