Jul 08 2014

Abuse of Anxiety Drug Increases Fatalities: Use Your Mind Instead – Vol. 120, September 29, 2011

According to an article in the New York Times, September 14, 2011, Xanax (generic name alprazolam), an anti-anxiety drug was the eighth most prescribed drug in the nation last year, according to SDI, a data firm that tracks drug sales. Xanax is a benzodiazepine which is a sedative. The problem with this medication is that though the effect is felt very quickly, it only last a few hours leaving it open for serious abuse as the tolerance for the drug goes higher with ever larger doses needed to get the same effect. The result has been an 89 percent increase in emergency room visits nation wide related to non-medical benzodiazepine use between 2004 and 2008 according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the article the state medical examiner of Lexington, Kentucky stated that the combination of opiate painkillers and benzodiazepines, especially Xanax, is common in fatal overdoses.

Kentucky community provider Seven Counties is stopping the prescribing of Xanax to roughly 3,000 patients switching them to clonazepam, a longer-acting benzodiazepine that is slower to work and is thought to pose less risk of addiction because there is no high or the withdrawal that is associated is Xanax. The eventual goal is to wean patients off clonazepam. The medical professionals at Seven Counties agree that people with severe anxiety should ideally take an antidepressant as well as a benzodiazepine, and learn coping mechanisms with cognitive behavioral therapy.

This is yet another situation where we have an addictive substance being replaced with another chemical to deal with an issue that is readily taken care of using hypnotism. There are no side effects in the use of your own mind to end this problem.  I would suggest that using hypnotism will assist you to more readily let go of the anxiety than doing cognitive behavioral therapy. All one needs is to be open to doing the work to be rid of the problem no longer necessitating a pill to do so. Over the past decade that I have been in practice I have helped many clients to let go of their anxiety from presentation anxiety, to social anxiety to generalized anxiety. It is generally just a matter of going back to the first event that created the anxiety desensitizing it and all the rest of the events related to it until now.  You can read more about how hypnosis can work to clear anxiety at:


If you choose to use hypnotism to let go of your anxiety do make sure that the hypnotist that you employ has successfully treated such clients.

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