If you accidentally became addicted to Xanax, a common benzodiazepine used to relieve anxiety and feelings of panic, you are not alone. Many people are unable to stop taking Xanax on their own. Others who take Xanax in larger doses than prescribed find they get addicted to the euphoric feelings the drug may provide.
Restored Path Detox Is a Place Where You Can Recover Quickly and Safely.
Abruptly stopping Xanax may result in severe and unpleasant symptoms. Medically monitored detox — what we offer at Restored Path Detox — will help you stop safely and manage your Xanax detox symptoms without pain.
Soon, you’ll be on the path to recovery safely and comfortably. Once your Xanax detox is complete, our professionals will provide you with the therapeutic plan and tools you’ll need to regain your life.
Professionals agree that the best and safest way to conduct Xanax detoxification is through psychological support and gradual dose tapering like the team at Restored Path Detox is prepared to provide. Along with 24/7 medical care with our team of doctors and nurses, we provide supportive counseling sessions that include stress management techniques and relapse prevention tools. We leverage Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, to assist individuals in finding the link between their thoughts and actions and working to make them more positive.
We match you with effective Xanax detox techniques to provide comfortable, caring, and integrated care. We’ll prescribe targeted medications to alleviate and prevent dangerous symptoms while you withdraw from Xanax.
At Restored Path Detox, we combine medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options, round-the-clock medical supervision, and a range of specialized addiction services. Patients who feel up to doing so are encouraged to participate in individual and group therapy sessions.
Medical, mental health, and whole-person assessment
Supportive counseling groups
Case management and treatment planning
24/7 medical supervision
Continuing care planning
Individual supportive counseling
At Restored Path Detox, we walk with you through every stage of early recovery — from medically monitored Xanax detox to thorough and personalized continuing care planning. You can quickly complete the entire admissions process, starting with a brief phone preassessment. We‘ll explore potential coverage and set a date and time for intake.
Our Amenities Include
Comfortable private and semi-private rooms
TVs in all rooms
Executive wing with private rooms
Cell phone access for executive-level patients (as clinically appropriate)
Gourmet meals created by a licensed nutritionist
Kitchenette area stocked with snacks
24/7 nursing on all units
ADA-accessible bathrooms with toiletries
Outdoor courtyard and garden area
Inviting, well-lit common spaces
Xanax is a brand name for a type of drug known as benzodiazepines. Alprazolam is its generic name. It’s used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by acting as a sedative. Off-label use includes the treatment of insomnia, but the FDA does not approve it for this purpose.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine, meaning it is a central nervous system depressant. Like many other sedatives, Xanax (alprazolam) works by binding to GABAA receptors in the brain to decrease the overall level of brain activity and reduce feelings of anxiety.
However, abusers often take Xanax with other drugs like alcohol or cocaine to enhance its effects, leading to accidental overdose. People who drink and former drug abusers experience more significant mental impairment when taking Xanax, so if you fall into this group, you are at an elevated risk of complications.
First introduced in the U.S. market in 1981, alprazolam (Xanax) has an intermediate onset of action. It also has a shorter half-life, or a quicker elimination, from the body than other commonly prescribed benzodiazepines such as Valium or Librium.
Increased Xanax-related emergency room visits have risen in the last 10 years. Approximately 50% of these visits do not involve other drugs, indicating Xanax is potent on its own. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has identified “doctor shopping” and prescription forging as significant sources of black-market alprazolam.
Since 2006, there has been a rapid increase in the number of people admitted to drug treatment centers in the U.S. for sedative or tranquilizer use in general — particularly Xanax. This increase tracks closely with the rise in legal prescriptions written for Xanax, suggesting that the rise in legal availability may indirectly fuel Xanax abuse.
The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that young adults were the most likely to have ever used these drugs for nonmedical purposes.
The rate of abuse for those aged 18-25 (10.3%) was nearly double that for those aged 26 or over (5.7%).
A 2011 study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence reported equal representation of all racial groups and genders among young adults abusing benzos in nightclubs.
Xanax provides rapid symptom relief for anxiety disorders within a week of beginning treatment and no decrease in effectiveness even when used for several years. So, despite problems with abuse and Xanax detox, it is still commonly prescribed.
Side effects include
More severe side effects include
Slow heart rate
Severe low blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Professional help is a must. About one-third of people who take benzos for 6 months or longer will experience health problems, including seizures, when they try to quit.
Withdrawal symptoms can include
Dry heaving and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Muscle pain and stiffness
Sensitivity to light and sound
A host of perceptual changes
The Xanax withdrawal timeline is fairly standard. Withdrawal typically begins 6-12 hours after the last dose. Symptoms may be anxiety, headache, and insomnia. Symptoms can intensify between 1 and 4 days after the last dose. By this time, symptoms of anxiety may return and worsen.
But how long does Xanax detox and withdrawal last overall? After 5 days, when symptoms peak, they will begin to lessen, although they may be present for another week to 10 days.
Symptoms beyond the initial 2-week withdrawal period are identified as postacute withdrawal. In this situation, the symptoms are generally less intense. However, they can linger for a long time, with some patients experiencing them for as many as 2 years.
Unlike the initial symptoms, postacute withdrawal symptoms appear in waves. While they’re less intense and not steady, they do pose a risk. Long-lasting withdrawal symptoms, left untreated, increase the chance of relapse.
Irritability and hostility
Limited ability to focus or think clearly
Like any benzodiazepine, Xanax mixed with other substances can lead to more intense withdrawal symptoms and medical emergencies. Mixing Xanax and heroin increases the risk of overdosing. Taking Xanax while using cocaine can produce feelings of anxiety and lead to dangerous behavior. The mixing of Xanax and alcohol can be dangerous and deadly as well.
The risk of experiencing unsafe Xanax detox symptoms is high when attempting to quit using Xanax alone. If you’ve tried to quit in the past, you may remember difficulty falling or staying asleep, feeling irritable, and suffering from anxiety or panic attacks. Other challenging physical conditions may include trembling, nausea, muscle pain and stiffness, and headaches. In addition, you may notice your ability to concentrate is greatly affected.
Serious Side Effects of Xanax Detox Without Medical Supervision
Return to Xanax use
Trying to quit Xanax cold turkey or without a doctor’s supervision can be extremely dangerous. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, act on the brain’s reward, mood regulation, and motivation regions. When an individual who is dependent on Xanax tries to quit taking the drug, the brain needs time to return to normal levels of functioning. Withdrawal can lead to seizures, panic, and even death. More professionals than ever agree that detox and medical supervision are necessary.
A medically monitored detox provides a safe space for those wanting to end their Xanax use. At a medical facility, withdrawal symptoms can be safely controlled, and side effects reduced with a slow and controlled tapering schedule set up by a professional.
At times, a longer-acting benzodiazepine, like Valium (diazepam), may be substituted for Xanax during detox. Keeping a small amount of benzo in the bloodstream may control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms until the drug is completely weaned out of the system. Adjunct medications like antidepressants, beta-blockers, or other pharmaceuticals may effectively treat specific symptoms of Xanax withdrawal.
Existing health conditions, including mental health disorders, are also a part of the ongoing care provided to a patient at a detox facility. This setting and the expertise of the medical professionals allow a patient to safely experience Xanax withdrawal and prepare for the next steps in their recovery journey.
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical Xanax detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances.
Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s team of board-certified physicians and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience. They are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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