How Do I Know I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

How Do I Know I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

If you struggle with anxiety, you are well aware of the many side effects that this particular disorder can have on your life. From irrational fears to unexplained panic attacks, an anxiety disorder has the power to disrupt your life. Luckily, there are a number of different treatments available if you struggle with this disorder. In most cases, treatment involves therapy, medication, or a combination of both. However, anxiety medications can be addictive to the point where you are no longer struggling with just anxiety, but a substance abuse problem as well.

Signs of Dependency to Anxiety Meds

If you have an anxiety disorder, it is likely that your primary care physician or your therapist has prescribed you some form of medication. The most commonly prescribed anxiety meds include the following:

  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Valium
  • Prozac
  • Paxil
  • Celexa

While these medications can help improve your symptoms of anxiety, they can also create physical and psychological dependency issues. Some of signs of dependency on anxiety meds include the following:

  • Tolerance – If you are struggling with a physical dependency on your anxiety meds, you will develop a level of tolerance that keeps you needing to use more and more to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • The need to cope – Anxiety can be incredibly powerful, and it can cause you to rely on your medication to avoid symptoms. A major sign of psychological dependency is that you feel you are unable to cope without the use of your anxiety meds, so you turn to them any time you feel anxious.
  • Inability to stop – Many failed attempts at stopping anxiety medication use is often a surefire sign that you are dealing with dependency. Whether it is physical, psychological, or both, you likely need professional care to end your use.

Signs of a dependency on anxiety medication can include developing a tolerance to the meds, using the meds as a method of coping, and finding it difficult (or nearly impossible) to stop using even if you want to.

Treatment for Anxiety Medication Dependence

As with many other drugs, coming off of anxiety medications can be a process. In most cases, it is necessary that you detox slowly so that you can wean yourself off of your medications without causing harm to your physical or psychological health. Once you have detoxed, it is recommended that you engage in therapy that can help you uncover the root cause of your use and do so in ways that allow you to develop new and effective relapse prevention skills.

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