Out of Control


Have you ever felt that your life was completely out of control? So out of control that you thought you would never get it back again? That's what drug addiction can do. I've been there. It was a long time ago but it changed my life.

In my case, the drug was Xanax. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, a class of super-addictive medications used to treat anxiety. Valium, Lorazepam, and Klonopin are other benzodiazepines. Xanax was prescribed for me by a doctor who did not take the time to explain how to use it. By misusing it, I became addicted.

My bet is that at least some of you who are hearing this GEM have had a similar experience. Perhaps with Xanax, perhaps with some other prescription medication to which you became addicted. Maybe it was an opioid. Maybe something else. In recent years, the US has experienced an epidemic of overuse of opioids and certain other prescription drugs. Many deaths and untold misery have been the result. The combination of misuse of opioids and misuse of benzodiazepines is particularly deadly.

It probably wasn't your fault. Nobody sets out to become addicted. Like me, you may have had a doctor who failed to do their job. This is not to say that medications are inherently bad; they are not. But they have to be used prudently and correctly.

If you are suffering from drug addiction, you CAN overcome it. It may be the hardest thing you have ever done but it is possible. I did it and you can too.

If a benzodiazepine IS the cause of your problems, search online for the Ashton Manual. It saved me and it can save you.

Date Recorded: 
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Date Posted: 
Saturday, August 29, 2020
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