Xanax addiction has become increasingly common. That’s why our Fresh Start Recovery Center team has developed a Xanax addiction treatment program for people who are ready to make a positive change in their lives. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to Xanax or other benzos, we encourage you to reach out to Fresh Start Recovery Center online or at 833.625.0398 to speak with a specialist about substance abuse treatment options.
Xanax Addiction Treatment Program
Xanax addiction poses additional risks. Benzos like Klonopin are longer-lasting medications. Because Xanax wears off quickly, it is more easily habit-forming and can rapidly lead to a cycle of abuse.
A significant problem with Xanax is the withdrawal. The crash is unpleasant, and those who abuse Xanax often take more doses to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Some may attempt to combine Xanax with other drugs in an attempt to mitigate the unpleasantness of withdrawal symptoms and inadvertently create additional risk. Combining drugs, such as Adderall, meth, or cocaine, with other stimulants or depressants can result in consequences, including overdose. Overdose fatalities involving Xanax are disturbingly common.
Safe Detox from Xanax
The Xanax detox process is specific in order to avoid adverse consequences. The only recommended safe method for Xanax withdrawal is a slow taper under medical supervision. This is because reducing dosages of Xanax rapidly can result in seizures and other health complications.
It’s never considered safe to go “cold turkey” off Xanax. Suddenly stopping dosages of Xanax or quickly reducing the amount of Xanax taken can result in serious consequences, including seizures, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
Common Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal
Common withdrawal symptoms associated with withdrawal from Xanax, especially at lower dosages, have similarities to withdrawal symptoms experienced with other benzos.
Xanax withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Increased anxiety
- Intense cravings
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blurred vision
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle pain
- Temporary psychosis
Dangerous and life-threatening symptoms associated with rapid withdrawal can include:
- Heart attack
Xanax Withdrawal Timeline
Xanax differs from longer-lasting benzos. This is part of why Xanax addiction is more common and riskier. Individuals who abuse Xanax will likely experience some withdrawal symptoms six hours after their last dose. Withdrawal symptoms initially worsen, but they usually peak within forty-eight hours.
A few days into Xanax treatment, a person will generally experience less severe withdrawal symptoms. Keeping this in mind, a person who has abused Xanax for long periods of time may have permanent changes to their brain. Prolonged use of Xanax is associated with memory loss and decline in cognitive ability.
It takes the brain and mind time to heal from long-term Xanax abuse. If a person was taking Xanax to treat anxiety, it’s likely that person will feel increased symptoms of anxiety after ceasing use. It’s highly recommended to seek treatment with a professional mental health counselor and remain under medical supervision to ensure you remain as safe and comfortable as possible while undergoing withdrawal and recovery.
Certain people experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). PAWS can result in physical and mental health issues linked to withdrawal that may be experienced for months or even years after ending Xanax use.
Common PAWs symptoms include:
- Sudden mood swings
- Increased anxiety
- Frequent depression
For more information about safe and effective Xanax help, reach out to our professionals at Fresh Start Recovery Center today.
Choose Fresh Start Recovery Center for Xanax Addiction Treatment
Ceasing Xanax use has particular risks. Because risks are heightened with Xanax compared to other benzos, it’s crucial to take appropriate medical precautions. At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we believe in the importance of the safe, slow taper method as a harm reduction strategy in Xanax rehab. Please remember that Xanax withdrawal is serious and going “cold turkey” off Xanax is never a safe choice.
Learn more about personalized treatment plans for Xanax addiction at Fresh Start Recovery Center by calling 833.625.0398 or filling out our online contact form.