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Safe Xanax Withdrawal and Detox

Xanax is a type of drug known as a benzodiazepine. Its generic name is alprazolam, and it is widely prescribed by physicians because it can be used to treat a variety of issues. When used appropriately, Xanax can help address sleep disorders, relax muscles to reduce pain or tension and calm anxiety that can lead to panic attacks. When taken in excess of recommended doses, Xanax can be dangerous. In fact, Xanax has been one of the most-commonly involved medications in drug-related emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Individual situations involving Xanax abuse can lead to serious physical symptoms that require immediate medical treatment. Prolonged abuse of the drug can lead to addiction and the requirement to use more of the drug to get the same results. Once you are physically dependent on Xanax, your body develops symptoms when you don't have any of the drug in your system. Experiencing Xanax dependency or withdrawal symptoms can be frightening.

Whether you started taking Xanax with a prescription or you used the drug recreationally, if you believe you are physically dependent or are abusing the medication, you don't have to deal with this issue alone. 

Our team of compassionate, experienced admissions counselors are available right now to take your phone call. Call (877) 392-3342 to talk to someone about your symptoms and your options for working with professionals to create a drug-free life through Xanax detox and appropriate aftercare.

Signs of Xanax Abuse

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), psychiatric medications such as Xanax are one of the most abused or misused prescription medications. SAMHSA notes that Xanax and similar sedatives can be overused for long-term sedative effects, but they can also be coupled with other medications to create a euphoric high.

Since Xanax is commonly prescribed for legitimate medical treatment, you might wonder if you or your loved one are abusing Xanax or are simply following a doctor's orders. For example, someone who has been taking Xanax for a while might have become accustomed to either the sedative effect or the high associated with over using, which means those effects might not be obvious to either the person taking Xanax or friends and family. 

Xanax abuse usually involves other symptoms, and not all of them are easy to hide or ignore. Some signs of Xanax abuse include: 

  • Consistent drowsiness, fatigue or sedation
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Problems with memory, focus, coordination or concentration
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A constantly dry mouth or throat
  • Tremors or other involuntary movement
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Poor performance at work or school

If you are abusing Xanax or feel the need to take an increasing amount of the drug – or if you are frightened about the possibility of stopping the drug when your physician directs you to do so – then you might be dealing with a dependency or addiction.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms and Duration

Withdrawal from Xanax involves many of the same symptoms that Xanax abuse does, though they are often more severe for the first week or two after you stop taking the medication. 

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in the limbs, particularly the fingers
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Digestive discomfort, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Tremors or other involuntary movements
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble sleeping
  • A reduced appetite
  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Feelings of anxiety that range from mild discomfort to panic
  • Paranoia

The first symptoms of Xanax withdrawal usually begin within six to 12 hours after you last took the medicine, though the exact time of onset depends on how much Xanax you are taking and how accustomed your body is to it. Xanax has a relatively short half-life, which means its effects wear off faster than many other prescription sedatives. That leads to faster signs of withdrawal and an increased chance that you might take more Xanax than prescribed or take Xanax to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

General symptoms usually peak in the first one to four days after you stop taking Xanax, which means you'll likely experience a full range of withdrawal effects within the first week. By the second week, the most acute symptoms peak, which often drives individuals who are trying to stop Xanax on their own back to use.

While the severity of withdrawal symptoms usually starts to decline after a few weeks, symptoms can be felt for months and might even be intermittent for years for those that don't seek professional help for their Xanax addiction.

Seeking professional assistance with a safe, effective Xanax detox doesn't make you weak. You wouldn't try to use willpower to fight off strept throat when antibiotics are a proven and safe option for treatment. Instead of relying solely on your own willpower, call our treatment counselors today. 

Professionals are available 24 hours a day, any day of the year, to talk to you about treatment options. Call (877) 392-3342 to talk to someone now if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of Xanax abuse or withdrawal.

Dual Diagnosis is Common with Xanax Abuse

Xanax dependency sometimes begins with the legitimate use of the medication to treat a disorder or issue. When working to treat a Xanax dependency and help someone detox from Xanax, those other disorders don't magically go away. Because of that, our experienced medical staff and counselors work with individuals to address both the Xanax detox and any other diagnoses that might be present.

A diagnosis of Xanax addiction is common alongside other chemical dependency, mental health and physical diagnoses, including:

  • Chronic pain issues
  • Other drug abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders

The most common method of treating sedative withdrawal symptoms is in an inpatient treatment setting. Simple removing Xanax from the system and dealing with withdrawal symptoms doesn't provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery, which is why our treatment plans utilize an integrative therapeutic approach. The probably presence of another diagnosis, such as depression or anxiety, adds to the importance of comprehensive treatment.

Our medical and counseling staff have decades of experience treating dual diagnosis disorders, also known as co-occurring disorders. They will work with you to develop a full-range treatment plan that addresses both your physical dependence on Xanax and any underlying problems or diagnoses that might increase your chance of relapse. 

The First Step to Clean and Sober Living: Xanax Detox

When you arrive at The Treatment Center for a Xanax detox, we will assess your previous and current drug use and medical history. You will then be in the hands of our board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, and registered nurses.

During every moment of your detox from Xanax, our staff will ensure that you are mentally and physically safe and comfortable. As your body weans off Xanax, if you do experience side effects, they will be less severe than when quitting “cold turkey”. Our staff also works with you to alleviate the discomfort of any symptoms you do experience.

Once your immediate Xanax withdrawal and detox is managed and any related diagnoses are under control, our treatment professionals work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Remember: beating your Xanax dependency isn't a solo mission, which is why it's important to partner with caring, experienced professionals for long-term guidance and assistance.

Taking Action Today

If you suspect you are facing a Xanax dependency or are abusing Xanax, don't hesitate to call. Some people don't call because they worry they are just being paranoid about their prescription medication, but the call is free and confidential. With so many people arriving in the emergency room each year because of Xanax misuse, a better safe-than-sorry approach is always better. And if you are legitimately worried about your use of Xanax, or if you are taking more Xanax than was prescribed to you, it might be a sign you are developing a dependency.

Call our counselors today at (877) 392-3342. Someone is always available to talk to you about your withdrawal symptoms, Xanax abuse or fears about Xanax abuse. Our caring staff can provide immediate treatment options and guide you to understanding what the best next steps are if you want to live a life free of drug abuse or dependency.

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