Xanax dependence can begin after even just a few days of using the drug. Once Xanax addiction develops, it can be challenging to stop using the medication, and severe health risks can accompany withdrawal. Safe and successful Xanax detox requires the support of a Xanax addiction treatment program.
If you or a loved one is experiencing Xanax withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical help. The best approach is to work with a treatment center with a program directed toward Xanax addiction. Contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 for more information on Xanax detox and treatment.
How Addictive Is Xanax?
Xanax is also known by its generic name, alprazolam. It is a highly addictive benzodiazepine commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and other mental health concerns. Unfortunately, this medication is frequently abused, and physical dependence can build quickly. Attempts to stop can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. A user might feel they have no choice but to continue taking Xanax to manage the symptoms of withdrawal. While Xanax doesn’t result in fatal overdose as frequently as other nervous system depressants, taking too much can cause overdose and death.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can be severe. They’re more likely to be experienced after extended use is abruptly stopped or reduced.
Physical Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal
Xanax creates physical dependency. This means that the body quickly becomes accustomed to the effects Xanax has on the nervous system. Very soon, the body cannot function normally without continued Xanax use.
Common physical symptoms that accompany Xanax withdrawal include:
- Muscle pain, cramps, or stiffness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach cramps and diarrhea
- Appetite and weight loss
- Seizures or tremors
Psychological Signs of Xanax Withdrawal
Xanax can induce delirium. This is a temporary condition that alters cognitive abilities and behavior. It is often characterized by extreme disorientation or agitation. Other psychological signs of Xanax withdrawal include:
- Panic attacks
Xanax withdrawal takes a heavy psychological toll and can cause depersonalization or difficulties understanding or perceiving reality.
Xanax withdrawal can trigger suicidal thoughts and actions in the most severe cases. Stopping Xanax may be fatal if the physical response to withdrawal triggers a grand mal seizure.
Finding the Right Treatment for Xanax Withdrawal
Attempting an at-home Xanax detox is dangerous. The withdrawal symptoms put a user at risk of serious and sometimes fatal health conditions. The physical and psychological challenges make it extremely difficult to detox successfully without medical support.
Medically supervised detox alleviates withdrawal symptoms. It also ensures that medical experts can manage serious physical and psychological health risks.
Detoxing from any drug creates the opportunity to begin a new, healthier lifestyle free from addiction. A substance use disorder treatment program can help an individual understand patterns and habits that led to Xanax dependence and how to avoid misusing Xanax or other substances in the future.
A lasting recovery from Xanax addiction starts when you choose a treatment center with programs that can address the reasons for their use. In many cases, addiction is often a sign that a user is either misusing a prescription or is attempting to self-medicate for a co-occurring mental health disorder.
Treatment for Xanax addiction should occur through a program that offers both inpatient and outpatient support and also focuses on co-occurring disorders. A treatment program tailored to address Xanax addiction will help a client learn alternative methods for coping with mental health concerns that lead to Xanax addiction.
Find Support at Silicon Beach Treatment Center
Xanax withdrawal is challenging. The cravings and discomfort can easily push a person to give up on detox attempts. At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, medically supervised Xanax detox makes the process manageable. Silicon Beach Treatment Center offers an evidence-based treatment program targeted specifically to address Xanax addiction. The right treatment program can build a foundation for achieving long-lasting recovery from Xanax addiction. Contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 for more information on our Xanax addiction treatment program.