Hello, welcome to HW, it's lovely to have new members.
I am concerned for your friend. Xanax is one of the most potentially addictive anxiety meds out there and her dosage is not sensible. I was put on xanax when I was in my teens and the dose crept up to 8mg a day. Doctor sanctioned. I came off it by going to a re-hab unit, and it was not easy. I was put back on xanax by a doctor about 6 months ago and I found that it made me feel angry and aggresive. Perhaps this is what your friend feels gives her "energy"???
I am not a health professional but it sounds like she needs to get off the dosage.
She seems to be quite oblivious to the damadge she may be doing to herself. You mention you are both care givers. Is there any way you can get her into a re-hab facility? Drastic I know, but it may save her.
Please, any questions on this you need to discuss, email me.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.
I came off my very high dosage by switcing to valium and reducing it slowly. From 60mg to 5 as needed. Yaay! It can be done.
The side effects of high level xanax (as I have experienced) are tinnitus, shaking and sleep issues (insomnia)
I also found out she is taking Vicodin with the Xanax. I stepped on a pill yesterday so I had my husband take it to the pharmacy to see what it was. Her boyfriend gives themt to her. She also has been taking them for years and has built up a tolerance.
I can't even imagine what this is doing to her body and how she will hold up as she gets older, she is 55.
It actually doesn't interfer with her taking care of my lady. I don't get it! How does the vicodin give her the energy? I've only known her since March and she had a big chip on her shoulder and didn't want to take any direction from me as her supervisor. She has had a hard life and just about all of her problems have come with her choices. I've have tried to be supportive and give her a second chance by trying to help her grow and let her know that she is in control of her choices and she can't blame anyone else when she messes up.
I've told her I believe in second chances and she knows I'm on to her so it's up to her to take control. I guess I'll see what happens.
very, very valid. Second chances are what we give to people who are not in charge if other peoples lives. Mmlr you are a sweet soul, don't get caught up in her deceit. It is not safe working with such a high level of medication in her system. She may be safe, but for how long?
You are a wonderful friend, but you must protect yourself and your client. You know in your heart what you need to do here.