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Self-medication with Xanax – a worrying trend among teens

Posted on 04-10-2018 Posted in Anxiety - 0 Comments

Self-medication with Xanax - a worrying trend among teens   Bree does not look like the kind of girl who would do drugs. Sad and befuddled most of the time, she has grown up in a challenging environment. She was just nine when her dad lost his job, with machines replacing humans. He was a foreman, and was extremely proud. The loss of employment hit him hard – he lost his dignity and livelihood. Slowly, he took to drugs. Her mother became the sole breadwinner of the family. Over time, she turned abusive and would rain all her disappointment on Bree.

There was no one Bree could turn to. There was too much on her plate—pangs of growing up, school, her first crush, the loss of family fortune, a job as a waitress and no one to guide her. She would have crying spells and feel overwhelmed under the burden of multiple responsibilities. Someone, probably a colleague, told her about a drug that could help her relax, and being of an impressionable age and with no guardian to guide her, she did not think twice before taking this medicine. Probably, she was aware that the drug could harm, but had no strength to say no.

Unlike other kids who are hooked on Xanax to get a high, Bree needs it to keep herself calm. But of late, she feels that the drug is not of much help anymore. Unknowingly, Bree exacerbated her condition, and now is saddled with a prescription drug addiction to add to her mental health woes.

Teens fall for Xanax to overcome angst

Sadly, there are many teens like Bree who resort to self-medication to cope with emotional and physical pain due to lack of support and guidance. The generation X is, apparently, more fragile and vulnerable to mental disorders compared to their parents.

Apart from their daily struggles for identity, teens today happen to live in a fractured society, where a bomb could go off in school any day, or a classmate strapped with guns and ammunition could go on a rampage. Also, many like Bree are constantly witnessing their parents struggle to make ends meet, which adds on to their anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, when teens turn to self-medication as a remedy, they harm themselves considerably without even realizing. Most of the adolescents taking drugs for anxiety are not using it for recreational purposes. They are using the drugs to overcome their innate pain. As a result, a large number of youngsters are turning to dangerous benzodiazepines, particularly Xanax. Since benzodiazepines have a high risk of addiction, it has emerged as a major threat to the well-being of youngsters. In fact, officials suspect that benzos like Xanax could be triggering a silent epidemic.

According to Lauren Slater, a drug expert and author of “The Drugs That Changed Our Minds,” “Xanax is in a class of drugs called the benzodiazepines. They are all addictive and all extremely difficult to detox from. Xanax is one of the more addictive benzodiazepines because it works quickly and is extremely effective.” Being highly effective in calming down a person, Xanax remains one of the highly prescribed medications for anxiety. Once a person develops dependence on Xanax, he or she needs an increased quantity of the drug to witness the earlier effects, thereby increasing the threat of overdosing.

Tackling dual diagnosis

One of the most effective means to ensure that adolescents do not fall prey to drugs is by spreading awareness related to the risks attached with self-medication. They need to get educated about the consequences through awareness campaigns in schools, community, etc.  A supportive and loving family and social structures also play a vital role in relieving teen angst.

Sovereign Health of Florida, one of the leading dual diagnosis treatment facilities in the U.S., provides customized and evidence-based treatment options to patients. Our world-class dual diagnosis rehab centers provide holistic treatment to those seeking relief from addiction and other behavioral problems. For more information on our unparalleled dual diagnosis treatment program, call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our representatives.

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