Xanax addiction and subsequent withdrawal are on the rise in the United States.
Xanax is a prescription medication typically prescribed for various anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is from a class of similar drugs known as benzodiazepines, which together account for some of the most commonly prescribed medications.
Xanax, however, has a high potential for abuse due to its calming and euphoric effects, which mimic alcohol.
Xanax Withdrawal and Duration
The withdrawal from Xanax is generally an extremely unpleasant experience.
Cold turkey withdrawal from Xanax can lead to life-threatening seizures, and thus should always be done under the supervision of medical professionals.
The following symptoms are typically associated with Xanax withdrawal:
- Seizures that can be life-threatening
- Sleep disturbances including insomnia
- Muscle stiffness and pain
- Cognitive issues, such as confusion, dizziness, and memory difficulty
- Appetite loss
These symptoms typically begin within the first day that use ceases, and continue for approximately two to four weeks depending on the individual.
Once the acute withdrawal period for Xanax subsides, a post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) typically sets in.
Xanax PAWS is the continuation or reoccurrence of withdrawal symptoms that can last for up to a year after the initial withdrawal period.
Treatment for Xanax Withdrawal and Addiction
Withdrawal from Xanax and other benzodiazepines is not only extremely uncomfortable; it also can lead to life-threatening fatal seizures. It is thus highly recommended that individuals seeking to recover from Xanax addiction do so at a professional detox.
A professional detox can provide medical care that can help manage the most intense of the withdrawal symptoms. A medical detox can also ensure that a taper or other form of detox can be performed safely in order to prevent life-threatening seizures.
Once the initial detox has successfully been completed, it is highly recommended to follow up with an inpatient treatment stay for Xanax addiction.
The post-acute withdrawal syndrome that sets in after the initial detox is often very difficult to deal with, and greatly increases the risks of a relapse.
Inpatient treatment also helps the individuals establish themselves in a recovery program for which they can follow through to long-term sobriety from Xanax addiction.
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