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My grandmother is 67 and lives with us. She has been on Zanax for 30 somethings years. If I'm correct you shouldn't remain on that pill for a long period of time. She is clearly addicted and her doctor is to ignorant to see this. She is seeing a therapist that prescribes her Zanax, Lexapro, Serzone, and sleeping pills all at the same time. I don't see how he can let her remain on so many different medications. She has been seeing him for a little over a year now. She has a long history of medication abuse and will do anything to get pain killers. Fericet, Ferinol, Phenergan, Codeine..she will literally go from Dr. to Dr. asking for these. During this year she is walking into walls, falling over, can't remember what she has done 5 minutes to the next, falls asleep sitting up, etc. It is so horrifying to watch. IT has caused numerous fights between my mother/myself/and her. I just had a baby and I can't allow him to grow up seeing this. She is literally slowing killing herself in front of us. My mother has told her therapist all of her habits but my grandmother goes into his office and tells him that we're lying. Of course, he belives her and writes her more prescriptions. I cannot fathom the idea that a therapist can let this go on...he should seriously have his liscenes revoked because this is killing my family. When she tried to bring it up to him again he tells her that he can't discuss this with her because it goes against his dr. patient confidentiality. Of course, this is not the only dr. she gets them from (he's the main one tho)she doctor shops. She gets them filled at the same pharmacy most of the time and they have already called an reported one of the Dr's she gets them from but after awhile he started giving them to her again. I'm just so fed up of seeing her doing this to herself. I find myself most days so angry at her that I can't sit in the same room. But, who would want too in the stupur she remains in? I know this isn't the attitude that I should have..I should be supportive but I can't watch her do this to herself anymore. Does anyone have any idea on what I can do? We love her very much and this is why it hurts so much.
Hi there,

I totally understand where your coming from. My Mother also had a dependence on pills. You have a right to be angry but at the same time you have to try and understand her from an addict's point. She is obviously has an addiction and needs help and soon. When my Mother was taking pills she eventually fell, which resulted in breaking her hip.
If your Grandmother is going to different Doctors, what you can do is let the other Doctor's know what she is doing and REALLY voice your concerns to them. They will and hopefully cut her off or taper her off of them.
She also will need your support and help while going through this rough time. I hope I have been of some help. Take care. :)
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My grandmother is 67 and lives with us. She has been on Zanax for 30 somethings years. If I'm correct you shouldn't remain on that pill for a long period of time. She is clearly addicted and her doctor is to ignorant to see this. She is seeing a therapist that prescribes her Zanax, Lexapro, Serzone, and sleeping pills all at the same time. I don't see how he can let her remain on so many different medications. She has been seeing him for a little over a year now. She has a long history of medication abuse and will do anything to get pain killers. Fericet, Ferinol, Phenergan, Codeine..she will literally go from Dr. to Dr. asking for these. During this year she is walking into walls, falling over, can't remember what she has done 5 minutes to the next, falls asleep sitting up, etc. It is so horrifying to watch. IT has caused numerous fights between my mother/myself/and her. I just had a baby and I can't allow him to grow up seeing this. She is literally slowing killing herself in front of us. My mother has told her therapist all of her habits but my grandmother goes into his office and tells him that we're lying. Of course, he belives her and writes her more prescriptions. I cannot fathom the idea that a therapist can let this go on...he should seriously have his liscenes revoked because this is killing my family. When she tried to bring it up to him again he tells her that he can't discuss this with her because it goes against his dr. patient confidentiality. Of course, this is not the only dr. she gets them from (he's the main one tho)she doctor shops. She gets them filled at the same pharmacy most of the time and they have already called an reported one of the Dr's she gets them from but after awhile he started giving them to her again. I'm just so fed up of seeing her doing this to herself. I find myself most days so angry at her that I can't sit in the same room. But, who would want too in the stupur she remains in? I know this isn't the attitude that I should have..I should be supportive but I can't watch her do this to herself anymore. Does anyone have any idea on what I can do? We love her very much and this is why it hurts so much.