Many years ago, my doctor prescribed the new drug Xanax for me. He gave me a seven day sample. Ha! Samples of Xanax! Can you imagine? Anyway, it was a .25 mg. dose (1/4 of a mg.). It did its job. I was a little heavier then, and even so, the evening med (now please imagine a cool, smooth DJ voice saying this) turned me into a cool, late night...... jazz...... DJ. A couple of days later, I figured what to do about my bad stressful situation and discontinued. Now imagine not a 240 lb man, but a woman, 100 lbs. less who takes two bars, that is, SIXTEEN TIMES my dose. I know many people who are prescribed one mg., three times a day. Oh, that's only TWELVE times my dose. And, this is fairly common. Massively sedated, appearing to be very drunk people are all over the place. They are pitied by most people who know them, including, unfortunately, their children. Did I mention the frequency of alcohol consumption with Xanax?
Now for the least enjoyable part of this massively stupid prescription game: withdrawal. Casually ask any "partier" who likes Xanax, what it's like to run out. While you’re at it, ask the same to a friend who has a doctor who routinely prescribes her/him a typical large dose for some ailment. The withdrawal can be, and usually is, unbearably painful. And for a good number of days. It's absolutely no joke. People get pretty desperate for a dose when they run out.
Hey, as a side note: do you know what one potential reaction is for Xanax? RAGE! So much for the prescription anxiety-assistance for the heavily medicated. Rage. Hey doctors, did you know that? No? Why on earth not?
So, the bottom line is this: a small dose of Xanax can be a gift for those who need it, and there are plenty who do. Large, massively sedating doses are sad. Getting a 'script from a doc or off the streets makes no difference. This is a stupid drug to use for partying, and a really sad drug to use in high doses, prescribed from either greedy or unknowledgeable doctors. Come on, y'all: work at pulling your shit together.
Final side note: the "shoplifting Mama" is doing magnificently. Children are growing up and succeeding at their endeavors, and so is she. It was a genuine pleasure seeing her recently. No more 'scripts, and a lot of personal growth. She looked wonderful.