An Anxiety 2 Calm reader sent me this personal experience of what it’s like to use Xanax.
“I have been battling agoraphobia for several months now, and after
doing all the exercise, CBT, dietary changes etc.. they helped, but I
was still stuck and scared to death of panic. I recently started
using xanax – just a nibble of the .50 mg pill calms me down into
feeling normal. It gives my body a chance to recover a little
instead of the constant waves of anxiety that have kept me from
living my life. I plan to use Xanax to help me through exposure
therapy – I don’t take it on a regular basis – just as needed.
I’m using it as a tool with CBT and supplements/diet/exercise. It’s
not an end in and of itself.”
I published this here both to encourage people by showing them that they can retake hold of their lives and because it demonstrates what I believe is a very healthy attitude to drugs like Xanax, Valium and also anti-depressants. They are not a cure, they are an aid. They are also a highly effective tool.
As drugs like Xanax are used sparingly the sufferer will quite probably find that the mere knowledge that they are available is calming in itself. Eventually they may well find they never take them any more.
So, under your doctor’s supervision, do take advantage of these drugs, but use them as sparingly as you can. I would recommend that you don’t purchase them from online pharmacies as then you do not get your doctor’s wisdom, and when fighting anxiety you should talk things through with your doctor. Also, prescriptions are often cheaper!