I am still bothered by the information that is on the internet about Xanax. Some things are true about it:
1. It can be addicting if you take it in high dosages and on a regular basis
2. If you are prone to addiction and take it with other drugs or alcohol it could cause harm.
3. You only take it under a doctor's supervision and not start or stop without their advice.
4. Never buy it on the internet or from someone else. Take your own pills!
However, (atleast in my case) if you take it in lower dosages (.25-.50, maybe a 1 mg on a bad day) on an as needed basis. It does not make you an addict. I agree you may need to take more of it as life goes on, but that is between you and your doctor to decide if that dosage is correct. I have been on and off xanax for almost 3 years. I dont feel I am addicted to it. I feel it helps me manage through some tough situations and makes the anxiety take a day off. I have some bad episode days and I take it and then I am fine and I then I dont need it for the good days. I have tried anti-depressants and they were much worse for me and had a terrible sense of disconnection. My therapist went through 2 different anti depressant transitions with me and she agreed-- I dont need them. She helps me to better understand how to manage the anxiety and to know the pills are there.. just in case. Sometimes just having them on me-- does the job!
In conclusion, the reason for this post is I want all of you on this site to NOT go to youtube and not google Xanax. I want you to find what works for you based on your condition. Take some of your fellow anxiety suffers opinions and make your own choice. It is a shame that the people that abuse these mental health drugs actually make it harder for those of us that actually need them!! I am not a doctor and I am only talking from my experience.