What is Xanax?
Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, gets prescribed to help people sleep or to treat anxiety in a stressful situation. This medication is intended to get taken as needed to relax you or to treat nausea from chemotherapy.
Classified as a benzodiazepine, Xanax remains a frequently prescribed drug that can work well if used as specified. It remains intended for short term use. Unfortunately, you can get a “high” from using this medication that might cause you to want to use increasingly more substantial amounts of this prescription drug.
Xanax Addiction and Abuse
Xanax gets prescribed for short-term use. When used over more extended periods, you can build up a tolerance to the drug, which means it takes higher doses of the substance to feel the same effects. Anyone can become addicted to Xanax if they use the substance long enough.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of Xanax Addiction
If Xanax gets used as directed, it can give benefits without becoming addictive. Some of the signs of an addiction to this medication include:
- Claims that the person “loses” their medication and needs more of the drug before a refill becomes due.
- Doctor shopping. This term means that a person goes to several different doctors in a short time looking for Xanax refills.
- Increased insomnia or anxiety.
- Continuing to take the medication even after the stressful situation gets resolved.
- Taking Xanax before a person knows if they need it or not.
- Buying Xanax online.
- Having others buy Xanax for you.
Side Effects of Xanax
The side effects of taking Xanax include:
- A lack of interest in usual activities.
- Blurry vision.
- Stomach pain.
- Behavior changes.
- Feeling like something crawls on your skin.
- Sore throat.
- Swollen joints.
Withdrawal & Detox from Xanax
Your doctor might place you on a tapering schedule. This schedule means you’ll reduce the amount of Xanax you take gradually over time. You’ll still experience withdrawal symptoms, but they might not be as severe as if you suddenly quit taking medicine all at once.
Xanax detoxification remains an unpleasant process, but it’s necessary for ultimate healing. Going off Xanax all at once can cause severe withdrawal effects such as seizures, however. So Xanax withdrawal and detox should only be done with medical supervision at a qualified detox facility.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Increased menstrual bleeding and cramping in women.
- Heart palpitations and tachycardia.
- Muscle spasms and stiff muscles.
- Vomiting and nausea.
- Excessive Sweating.
- Changes in your weight.
The psychologic symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include:
- Panic attacks.
- Heightened senses.
- Staying away from friends and family.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome remains the name for both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms combined.
Even if you took your medication precisely the way the doctor prescribed it, you might still experience symptoms when you stop using the drug.
Here’s what you can expect to experience during withdrawal and detox from this substance:
- Six to 12 hours after your last Xanax dose, you’ll feel a headache, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
- From one to four days after your last dosage, anxiety and Insomnia become much worse. Seizure risk becomes more significant, and you might feel nauseous, vomit, experience diarrhea, and have panic attacks. Qualified medical care remains crucial at this point.
- Five to 14 days after last taking this drug, your symptoms will peak and then begin to lessen. Headaches and muscle pain should decrease, and you’ll have less risk of having a seizure. You’ll still deal with anxiety and Insomnia and have a stomach ache for a while yet.
- From two weeks to four months after stopping Xanax, you’ll begin to function more normally. You might still experience mood swings and stomach symptoms. Medical treatment can help you with your symptoms.
People in a rehab and treatment setting get help for their physical and psychological needs during their withdrawal and rehab. Rehabs remain a safe place to stay to keep you away from your triggers as you continue to regain your life without drugs. Medical detox in a treatment facility remains the best option for anyone undergoing the severe process of Xanax withdrawal and detox.
Medications during Detox and Withdrawal
Because withdrawal from this powerful drug is dangerous both physically and mentally, some doctors in rehabs prescribe tapering meds to keep the withdrawal symptoms manageable. Other medicines might be given for headaches, gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, tremors, and nightmares.
A dual diagnosis might also be made during this part of rehab. If you have a mental health disorder along with your addiction to Xanax, you can get the correct medications and therapy to assist your recovery.
Other helpful things to do during detox, withdrawal, and recovery include: ·
- Group and individual counseling.
- Exercise and other physical activities.
- Art and music therapy.
- Spending time in a dark and quiet space.
How Long Does Xanax Stay in Your System?
This drug starts to leave a person’s system about 11 hours after you quit taking it. It takes about 50 hours for Xanax to get totally out of your body.
Treatment and Rehab for Xanax Addiction
Xanax remains used because it treats anxiety and enables you to relax and feel calm. Rehab for this addiction uses inpatient detox and treatment programs to help you get off Xanax and give you the mental tools to stay off the chemical. You’ll be offered:
- Safe withdrawal and detox.
- Individual and group counseling.
- Dual diagnosis treatment.
- Medical supervision to manage any medicines you need to take.
- Nutritional counseling.
- Help to develop a positive lifestyle.
- Art and music therapy.
- Sober living and aftercare treatment.
- A chance for a new life without drug abuse.
We offer many benefits for the person who desires to turn their life around after Xanax’s use and abuse. Our facility provides a comfortable setting as you deal with severe addiction and gain recovery. Some of the features you can expect when you come to our treatment facility include:
- An individualizes program created for your needs.
- Personalized care.
- A luxurious setting.
- A comprehensive range of therapies.
- A homelike environment.
- Medical assisted treatment in keeping you safe and helping you regain your health.
- Recreational activities.
Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get off Xanax and give you a new start for a better life.