Xanax Detox

Xanax detoxXanax is a prescription drug that treats patients who have anxiety, panic and stress disorders. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam. Alprazolam is in a class of medication called benzodiazepines, or benzos. It treats anxiety, panic and stress by calming down brain excitement. This calming effect drives many to abusing Xanax. It is a very dependent drug. Often, those who become addicted to Xanax do it accidentally through doctor prescriptions. When used properly, the patient will take either the pill or liquid form three to four times a day. However, an addict has to take up to 20 to 30 pills a day in order to achieve the initial feeling because they have built up a tolerance. At this point in their addiction, they may need to seek Xanax addiction help.

Xanax Tolerance

Like many other drugs, it is relatively easy to build up a tolerance to Xanax. After prolonged use of Xanax, the user’s body becomes accustomed to the drug and requires more in order to achieve the initial feeling. Xanax patients have to be careful of this and make sure they only take what the doctor has prescribed them to take. It is easy to become dependent on Xanax, and patients with anxiety disorders often have to take it on a daily basis for a long period of time. Typically, patients who are administered more than 4 mg/day for periods of 12 months or longer are at a greater risk of developing a dependency. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of Xanax to ensure that withdrawal symptoms do not occur.

Xanax Withdrawal

Like many other drugs, the effects of Xanax withdrawal are difficult to go through by yourself, but manageable. It is important to consult a professional for a possible Xanax intervention or in order to stay safe. Do not stop taking Xanax all at once; the symptoms will greatly lessen if you reduce your intake gradually. The dangerous thing about patients who become addicted to Xanax is that it worsens the symptoms the patient was trying to suppress. The brain is sedated under Xanax, so when it is taking off, it begins to race. Couple this with the effects of withdrawal and it becomes intense anxiety. Some of the effects are:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shakiness or jitteriness
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Crying
  • Vivid dreams
  • In sever cases, the user may experience seizures because the brain goes from a medicated calm, to hyperactive. This will not typically occur if proper precautions are taken.

Xanax Detox

So many Xanax addicts became addicted because they were taking the medication for such a long period of time. They are, in most cases, not the stereotypical “drug addict.” Because of this, one of the most difficult parts of the detox and rehab process is admitting there is a have a problem. Though it may be painful, it must be done. After an addict admits they have a problem they must seek help from a professional. Battling a Xanax addition alone is dangerous and in most cases cannot be done without medical assistance. Carefully monitored physical detox is the first step toward recovery.

Unfortunately, there is no getting around withdrawal. However, the symptoms can be lessened and treated properly when checked into a detox facility. While there, professionals (addictionologists) can walk the user through the process and make sure everything goes smoothly. The patient will be carefully monitored during the process, and will gradually reduce the dose of Xanax. This can be done either with inpatient or outpatient plans. Unfortunately, physical detoxification alone is not enough to change the behavioral patterns of Xanax addicts.

After Xanax Treatment

Xanax drug rehabilitation is a long and difficult process not only for the patient who is psychologically addicted to Xanax but for the family and friends who are helping them get through it. After the detox process is completed, there are several addiction treatment programs. During rehabilitation patients learn about different ways to deal with potential situations, future problems and temptations. If you became addicted because of your prescribed Xanax need, it is important to go to a specialized treatment or therapy to learn to deal with the feelings of anxiety that were probably heightened during withdrawal. As with most drug detox, it is more effective to continue to receive help to reduce the risk of relapse.

Xanax Help

Sadly, even when Xanax addicts are willing to admit they have a problem, they are not willing to seek professional help to resolve it. Statistics show that when addicts go through detox and attempt to cease using Xanax without professional help, results do not last long. If you or a loved one is addicted to Xanax, it is important to seek help. Xanax is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. Many lose their jobs, dreams, and ambitions. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on Xanax detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at (877) 571-5720.

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