Xanax Withdrawal and Detox​

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration, there are more than 200,000 emergency room visits from overdoses on Xanax and other benzodiazepines per year. Xanax addiction is a complex condition that requires assistance from professionals, so contacting a qualified treatment center can be vital.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine meant to treat insomnia, anxiety, and panic disorders. It provides rapid relief from anxiety symptoms, making it a popular choice for doctors to prescribe. It is very addictive, and tolerance to Xanax develops rapidly, leading to the risk of an overdose. In addition, someone with severe Xanax dependence may take up to 30 pills a day.

Xanax has many names, including:

  • Bars
  • Xannies
  • Zanbars
  • Bicycle handlebars
  • Hulk
  • Ladders
  • Z-bars

More general names for benzodiazepines are downers, nerve pills, chill pills, blues, benzos, and tranks.

Xanax is available as pills, capsules, and even liquids. Effects start in minutes and can continue for hours.

Because Xanax is so addictive, using it for longer than prescribed can lead to developing a substance use disorder. For many people, only a few weeks of taking this drug can lead to dependence.

Some symptoms of Xanax and benzodiazepine dependence include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Dry mouth
  • Delirium
  • Vertigo
  • Impaired coordination
  • Isolation
  • Weakness
  • Requiring more of the drug to feel the effects
  • Doctor shopping
  • Stealing prescriptions
  • Strong cravings

Someone with a Xanax addiction may become preoccupied with getting the pills and may lose interest in their regular activities. Long-term consequences of Xanax addiction include liver disease, not being able to focus, weight loss, and rebound anxiety.

Xanax addiction can lead to a lower quality of life and worsening mental health conditions. Moreover, it can lead to overdose and severe withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax Overdose

An overdose is when your body cannot process the amounts of the drug you have taken. Overdosing is dangerous, and it can have life-threatening symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Severe depression
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Confusion
  • Significantly reduced breathing
  • Coma

Undoubtedly, without attention from medical professionals, someone overdosing on Xanax has few chances of survival.

Xanax Withdrawal

There are acute Xanax withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous and can put a huge strain on your body and mind. Furthermore, some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Severe cravings
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Tremors
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sleep problems
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis

Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is another concern for people who have a Xanax drug use problem. This syndrome includes protracted withdrawal symptoms that include sleep disturbances, psychosis, dysphoria, hallucinations, and an increased risk of suicide.

Because of all of the Xanax withdrawal symptoms you may experience, as well as their severity, it is never a good idea to attempt to get sober “cold turkey” or to go through the withdrawal process alone. The best thing you can do is reach out to a treatment program where you can get medical detox.

The first step in starting the recovery process is to reach out to a treatment center, so that they can offer a safe and structured environment where you can get medical detox and addiction treatment.

At 4 Seasons Detox, in addition, you can gain access to on-site addiction treatment for benzodiazepine medication abuse.

Medical Detox

You need to go through a Xanax detox process before you can begin to treat the underlying cause of addiction. Because Xanax withdrawal can have such severe symptoms, having medical assistance can make the process easier. People who attempt Xanax withdrawal on their own may have a relapse.

Medical detox will reduce and even eliminate physical withdrawal symptoms so that you can be more comfortable.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Even after you are past the Xanax detox stage, you can still benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is an important part of Xanax addiction treatment because it can help reduce cravings, letting you focus on your therapy and the rest of the treatment process.

MAT can help prevent relapses, also it can allow you to regain independence without fearing acute cravings.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatments are the right programs for people who have just gone through Xanax detox and are new to the recovery process. Furthermore, these treatments offer structure and safety, with medical supervision available at all hours and 24/7 monitoring.

Residential treatment at 4 Seasons Detox offers therapy options along with medication-assisted treatment to maximize your chances of long-term recovery. Once you are more stable, you can turn to outpatient treatment options.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people with a substance use disorder also have a mental health condition that can make a recovery more complex. Dual-diagnosis treatment options give you a chance to treat mental health concerns as well as substance use disorders at the same time.

Therapy sessions are an essential part of this. Moreover, at Four Seasons Detox, you can participate in dialectical behavior therapy and rational emotive therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy is an option that makes it easier for you to recognize and manage your emotions without resorting to substance use. As a result, many individuals struggling with addiction find DBT to be a valuable tool in their recovery journey. Stress management strategies can be a huge help on the road to recovering from an addiction.

Rational emotive therapy focuses on identifying negative thought patterns and personal beliefs that may have led to substance use. Therefore, it can be an effective approach for individuals struggling with addiction.

Additionally, along with these options, there are group sessions and family therapy that can help loved ones deal with addiction.

For people battling an addiction to Xanax or other drugs, undoubtedly, the best thing to do is to ask for help. At 4 Seasons Detox, you can start your recovery with the help of medical professionals. Why struggle through another day with your addiction when you can get comprehensive treatment today? Begin your admission process online today and get the help you need.

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