The role of Xanax in psychotherapy

There seems to be an emerging trend of rejecting the very idea of taking mild sedatives. Although sedatives, like many other prescription medication have an potential for abuse, rejecting them as therapeutic tools completely is just as wrong as misusing them. People should have the right to treat their symptoms with whatever cures are available to them, and doctors know and recognize this – that’s exactly why they regularly prescribe Xanax to patients. Obviously, this is a hotly contested and often debated topic, and there are a lot of opposing views when it comes to Xanax and other sedatives. There are certainly some questions that need to be answered, and both reasons and arguments for and against the therapeutic usage of Xanax. We’ll try to cover as much of them as possible, and get through some of the misconceptions and disinformations that surround Xanax to help you get to the bottom of the issue.


Doctors who prescribe Xanax as a short term cure in extreme cases of anxiety can not be perceived as “wrong”. They know very well how serious of a problem anxiety can become, and a short term Xanax therapy is often the only thing that can ease the pain and relax the nerves of the patients who suffer from moderate so severe cases of anxiety and panic attacks. A single dose of Xanax can make a patient who’s been unable to get a moment’s rest for a long time to fall asleep like a baby, so it’s obvious that there’s some merit to using Xanax as a therapeutic aid. On the other hand, usefulness of Xanax in long term therapy is not so obvious – in fact, we can say that it’s highly questionable if Xanax should be used for longer than a few weeks. Even the most pro-Xanax medical doctors and pharmacologists will not try to claim that prolonged use of Xanax is recommended


The reason prolonged usage of Xanax is discouraged is simple. Like most other mild or strong sedatives and tranquilizers, Xanax is addictive and habit forming. A prolonged usage of the drug – for instance, anything longer than a few weeks or a month will most certainly result in an increase in tolerance of the patient. This will make it necessary to administer ever increasing dosages of the medication just to achieve the very same effects that were possible with moderate dosages in the beginning of the Xanax therapy. High dosages in combination with prolonged, regular usage of Xanax will more often than not result in physical dependence on the drug, and to stop the treatment would expose the patient to withdrawal symptoms. It’s clear to see how dangerous substance withdrawal can be in cases of patients who’s nervous systems have already been compromised by anxiety.


Still, doctors who deal with anxiety patients often give reassuring proof that Xanax is both invaluable as a therapeutic treatment, and that when taken responsibly and according to the instructions, it’s generally safe. So the final verdict is clear – Xanax is safe and recommended as a short term treatment for anxiety, but long term usage is discouraged