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Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication. Benzodiazepines are primarily used to treat anxiety by stimulating GABA receptors in the brain. When Xanax is used long-term, the brain adjusts by reducing the number of GABA receptors or making them less sensitive. This results in the body needing Xanax to function normally, a condition called dependence.
Xanax detox involves the body slowly ridding itself of the Xanax in its system and readjusting to life without the drug. During this time, you may experience uncomfortable Xanax withdrawal symptoms. A medically supervised detox can make this process as safe and comfortable as possible.
During the Xanax withdrawal period, the body and brain may be significantly more active than normal. Until GABA receptors readjust their sensitivity and numbers, they will not be able to relax the body as they should. This leads to several withdrawal symptoms, including:
The symptoms of Xanax withdrawal are the opposite of the drug’s normal effects. Because Xanax is used to help mental health problems, Xanax withdrawal can have negative mental health symptoms.
While Xanax can cause several unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, one potential symptom is more than just uncomfortable. Seizures are caused by abnormal brain activity and can be very dangerous, leading to brain damage or even death in some situations.
Benzodiazepines can be used to treat seizures by causing the brain to relax. Xanax withdrawal can make the brain overly active and sensitive, making seizures more likely. The risk of seizures will depend on many factors, including:
If you are about to withdraw from Xanax, you should speak with your doctor about your risk of seizures. Seizures can be fatal, so seek professional addiction treatment if seizures are at all possible. Your medical detox team can monitor and prevent seizures with early treatment as needed.
Xanax withdrawal can last 5–28 days but lasts for 10–14 days for most people. The precise timeline for Xanax withdrawal will vary based on how much and how long Xanax has been used. Xanax withdrawal may take 6–24 hours to begin after quitting Xanax, and the physical symptoms will peak in 5–14 days.
While physical Xanax withdrawal symptoms only last a few weeks, there may be psychological effects that last months or years. One of the important components of rehab is learning how to cope without Xanax and overcome psychological symptoms.
Everyone’s Xanax withdrawal timeline will look different, but an average Xanax withdrawal experience may look like:
Detoxing from Xanax should ideally be done in a professional detox facility to avoid medical complications and provide the best chances of success. The length of detox will vary as each person reacts to Xanax withdrawal differently.
At Orlando Recovery Center, your medical team completes clinical assessments and develops a personalized treatment plan before medical detox begins. During detox, patients receive around-the-clock medical care to make the process safer and more comfortable. Medical detox is necessary to prevent and treat dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures.
Following detox, clients with severe addictions often enter inpatient Xanax addiction treatment and rehab, where they stay onsite at the facility and attend individual and group therapy alongside their medical care. Those with supportive home environments and milder addictions can participate in outpatient rehab, where they live at home and visit the facility for treatment frequently.
Our licensed addiction specialists are committed to helping people achieve long-term freedom and recovery from addiction. We offer a full continuum of care, starting with medical detox to inpatient and outpatient services to suit your unique needs. Contact us to get your questions answered, discuss treatment options and achieve lasting recovery from Xanax addiction.
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