Quitting Xanax can cause a range of problems that are uncomfortable and at times dangerous. These problems can be physical or psychological and are referred to as withdrawal symptoms.
Generally, withdrawal from Xanax occurs when someone has stopped taking the drug after an extended period of use; however, it is typically more severe when one stops suddenly and without professional care.
Although it is a prescription medication, Xanax is addictive, and in some cases, it is used illegally, without a prescription from a doctor. When a person is addicted to Xanax, fear of withdrawal may prevent them from discontinuing its use.
The safe way to stop using the drug starts with understanding what the Xanax withdrawal symptoms are and how professional medical treatment can help one avoid or manage them.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
- High blood pressure
Increased heart rate and respiration problems may also be noted by some. In extreme cases, one may experience seizures, which can be life-threatening.
Xanax Withdrawal Timeline
Often, people in withdrawal from Xanax disconnect from those around them, which can create problems in personal and professional relationships.
Withdrawal from Xanax begins relatively soon, as it is a drug that is quickly processed by the body. It may begin as soon as six hours after one’s last dose.
After two to four days, however, the symptoms peak, and they will typically begin to lessen after the initial week, though symptoms of withdrawal may continue for months after they initially subside.
The longer-term symptoms of Xanax withdrawal may include Xanax cravings, depression, anxiety, and bouts of panic.
The severity of one’s withdrawal from Xanax depends on several factors, such as the length of time one has used or been addicted to the drug and the dosage that was taken. The greater the dosage and the longer a person has used Xanax, the more severe their symptoms are likely to be.
A history of mental illness can also impact the severity of withdrawal, as can general health and age.
Xanax Addiction Treatment
At True Recovery, we offer an extended-care intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) with the purpose of helping our clients achieve long-term success in quitting Xanax and other drugs. In order for us to do that, our clients must have Xanax out of their system.
True Recovery’s Xanax detox center is accredited, licensed, and staffed by highly trained physicians and medical professionals. Under a doctor’s supervision at a detox center, one’s Xanax usage can be tapered off and symptoms managed while they are monitored for complications that may arise.
True Recovery is also a dual diagnosis treatment center to help those who not only face an addiction, but also a mental disorder.
Once a person has successfully quit Xanax and overcome the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal, it’s time to get help with addiction recovery.
True Recovery will ensure a smooth transition from detox to our program, where you’ll receive top-quality care in the form of individualized treatment sessions, addiction counseling, and group and holistic therapies such as yoga.
We’ll help you uncover and pursue interests and passions as well as assist you in establishing and achieving your goals, all in a private and comfortable setting.
Find out more about our alternative rehab program and how it can help those recovering or those who have had a relapse due to Xanax addiction by filling out and submitting our contact form or calling today at (866) 399-6528.