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How do I manage my panic attacks without becoming addicted to Xanax?

9 Answers
Last Updated: 02/22/2021 at 11:12pm
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Lara Gregorio, LCSW


I believe that depression can feel all-consuming. I have a real passion for helping my clients to reclaim their voices and lives from depressive thoughts.

Top Rated Answers
November 20th, 2017 4:15am
As one who gets regular panic attacks, you do not need to be on medication. I do not take it and am surviving. The main thing to remember is to to breathe. Take long, deep breaths. In through your nose and our through your mouth
January 22nd, 2015 1:17am
Some people manage panic attack without Xanax. Some use chamomile tea for anxiety, others stick to anti-anxiety diets: they reduce sugar, meat, fat and daily as much as they can and of course try to increase fits and vegetables. But the majority of persons manage panic attack through relaxation therapies ( Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Massage). All these therapies elevate the levels of serotonin = the hormone that makes you feel good = . There are also very good breathing exercises that can be very helpful when you feel anxious.
April 24th, 2015 5:20am
Recognize what triggers your panic attacks. Once you recognize the trigger work to ease your feelings about whatever it may be. Medication is only a temporary fix.
June 16th, 2015 9:21pm
Be honest and open with yourself and others. This will help with both managing your panic attacks and preventing addiction. If you feel you are becoming addicted, discuss this with your doctor immediately. There are always more options available.
September 6th, 2015 7:56pm
Talking with your professional healthcare provider can help you to sort out the best options for you.
February 9th, 2016 3:04pm
There are three techniques : imagery, deep muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing . Try them out and see what works for you?
October 25th, 2016 8:34am
Practice breathing techniques and thing that make u relax,find your triggers and whenever in that situation evualutate the level of danger,and weather 'fight' OT 'flight' reaction should be happening and remember to do breathing techniques
December 27th, 2016 3:33am
There are many ways to manage panic attacks and anxiety without medication, but if you do need it, that is ok as well. I have struggled with panic attacks and anxiety the majority of my life and luckily, I am now able to remain off medication by accepting that the panic attacks are not dangerous and are not truth. They definitely feel awful, but they are not a threat. I also started journaling and joined an online support group. All of these have helped significantly and you may be interested in looking into your own alternatives. Also, if medication is a must, talk to your doctor about less addictive medications as Xanax is a better option for short term needs due to its addictive nature.
February 22nd, 2021 11:12pm
I try to ground myself in my surroundings in that moment by isolating my senses and really paying attention to each one. I pay attention to what I: hear- the sound of my fan, a car going by, soft music, netflix in the background feel - the wood of the chair supporting me, the softness of the carpet at my feet, the weight of the blanket see - the picture on the wall, a pet sleeping or playing, a cloud going by taste - breathing in and out slowly through the mouth, drinking some small sips of water This really helps me calm myself down