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    Sister Using Xanax To Escape The Stress Of Every Day Family Life

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    Sister Using Xanax To Escape The Stress Of Every Day Family Life

    Caller: 28-year old woman calling about her 32-year-old sister

    Problem: Addicted to Xanax

    Seeking: Treatment options

    Reason(s): Caller is asking about possible treatment options for her sister that is struggling with an addiction to Xanax. The caller states that she believes her sister falls under the moniker of ‘stressed housewife.’ She said, “She has all these responsibilities around the house, dishes, laundry, the kids, the cooking, her husband is often out of town on business so it falls on her often to do everything.” According to the caller, her sister started taking Xanax to relieve some of the stress that she had when running the household. “She borrowed the Xanax from one of her friends whose kid has a prescription, she just started taking these Xanax and she says they take the edge off, meaning that she does not feel overwhelmed anymore.” The caller is worried about the impact that the abuse of Xanax will have on many different levels. She said, “I am worried about the illegal factor of using these medications, I am worried about her physical and mental health, and I am worried what might happen if her husband ever found out that she was abusing prescription drugs that were not even prescribed for her. I tried to talk to her about it. She admits that she has a problem and then proceeds to do nothing. If she is not going to take the first step to make a positive change in her life then I am going to have to help her do it.”

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