Caller: 43-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend
Problem: Xanax addiction
Seeking: Rehab treatment program options, possible interventionist
Reason(s): The woman is worried that her friend is struggling with a Xanax addiction, a Xanax addiction that she is feeding by abusing her son’s prescription medication. She said, “I realize that she was having a hard time in her life, apparently she was having serious marital issues with her husband and they were not sure if they were going to be together long-term. However, she apparently decided to try to make it work, but I am not sure at what cost. I know that she lived with a lot of stress in her life.” The woman said that her friend confided that she was using her son’s prescription Xanax to help alleviate stress. When confronting her friend with this, and asking why she would abuse her son’s medication rather than get her own prescription, the friend admitted that she did not think that she would get her own prescription. She said, “Once she admitted that, I realized that there was a problem. If you are taking medication that you know, or believe, that you would not get a prescription for from an actual doctor, something is going wrong.” She also said that she was convinced this was an even more serious issue once she found out that her friend was actively encouraging her doctor to up the prescribed dosage for her son. She would like to know what, if anything, she is able to offer her friend; maybe even by way of an interventionist.