Xanax: An Introduction
One of the most widely used prescription drugs in the benzodiazepine category, Xanax is a medication that decreases abnormal excitement in the brain and produces a calming sensation. Xanax, which is the brand name for the generic drug alprazolam, is designed for individuals who struggle with anxiety and panic disorders. It is a controlled substance, which means it can be extremely addictive and should only be used according to a doctor’s recommendation.
What Is Xanax Withdrawal?
When a person uses Xanax, their body gets used to having it in the system. If someone’s system suddenly isn’t getting this substance, it will try to readjust. The process of removing and cleaning out Xanax from the body is known as withdrawal.
A Xanax withdrawal is a set of side effects that an individual experiences several hours after they stop using the medication. Withdrawal may occur when someone drastically decreases the amount of Xanax they use or stops taking the drug completely. Quitting Xanax cold-turkey can be extremely dangerous and can cause more severe side effects. While it is possible for people who use Xanax according to dosage to experience withdrawal, it is more common for individuals who use the drug recreationally or misuse their prescription.
Xanax Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms
Everyone who has a Xanax withdrawal will likely have a different experience. The side effects they get will depend on a variety of factors, from how much of the drug they take to any preexisting conditions they may have. But in most cases, someone suffering from a Xanax withdrawal will experience one or more of the following effects:
- Muscle spasms
- Racing pulse
- Panic attacks
- Bad dreams
- Waking up while sleeping
- Feeling tension in the morning
- Hallucinations (auditory or visual)
- Sad or empty feelings
- Loss of pleasure or interest
- Suicidal thoughts
These symptoms can be very serious and require immediate medical attention. If a person is experiencing these side effects after taking Xanax, they should be taken to a medical center or rehabilitation facility as soon as possible.
How to Ease Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Once someone going through Xanax withdrawal receives medical care, they will begin a detox plan that is tailored to their needs. They will follow a slow timeline to help them ease their symptoms and get used to not having Xanax in their body. Forms of Xanax detox treatment may include taking certain medications, getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of water, and exercising lightly. Doctors and rehabilitation representatives may also offer alternative detox treatments like herbal sleep aids, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), meditation, and melatonin supplements.
Detoxing should be followed by an inpatient program. Enrolling in an inpatient program will give an individual the best chances for a successful recovery after they stop using Xanax. It is best for someone to stay abstinent from Xanax and all other drugs after detoxing, and that is easiest to do while they are in a comfortable environment with doctors and other sober individuals.
To learn more about Xanax withdrawal and how to manage the side effects, contact our team of substance abuse treatment representatives by calling 866-488-8684.