Xanax Detox and Withdrawal
Many Naples residents have had a prescription for Xanax written for them at some point in their life. Xanax is a benzodiazepine sedative drug prescribed to treat conditions like depression, anxiety, stress, and panic disorders. It works by raising the GABA neurotransmitter in the brain, slowing your heart rate, and breathing, producing a calming effect. Over time, the brain develops a tolerance for Xanax, becoming physically dependent on the medication as it stops production of the GABA transmitter on its own, which can lead to addiction and the need for Xanax detox for Naples residents.
Xanax has a short half-life, which means it can cause withdrawal symptoms very quickly as it leaves the body, reinforcing the psychological dependence on taking the medication and leading to abuse. When you stop using Xanax suddenly, without a slow, supervised taper, you will likely feel physical pain, along with psychological disturbances. Those who have been taking benzos like Xanax for an extended period will generally experience more intense withdrawal symptoms.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:
- Increased heart rate/palpitations
- Muscle pain and stiffness
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Headaches/body aches
- Panic attacks
- Depression/suicidal ideation
- Insomnia/nightmares/sleep trouble
Detoxing from Xanax should be done in a professional, medical setting by tapering off the drug rather than quitting “cold turkey” because seizures and hallucinations can occur in the case of more severe addiction. The temptation to relapse will also become very strong as drug cravings, and withdrawal symptoms may feel impossible to overcome on your own.
Rebound Anxiety After Quitting Xanax
Most people prescribed Xanax have a psychological disorder such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or insomnia. Quitting Xanax can cause these symptoms to return even more intensely than before. These intensified rebound symptoms usually fade away after about a week, but you will likely require a dual diagnosis treatment to address the underlying disorder. Inpatient rehab, followed by outpatient care, is recommended for anybody dealing with a mental health issue combined with an addiction to ensure you have all the support you need in a safe, sober environment.
How Long Does Xanax Withdrawal Last?
Xanax withdrawal usually begins rather quickly, as it is a short-acting benzodiazepine drug. This means the effects will be felt within a few hours of your last use, but it will all be over quicker than many other detox timelines. It usually takes around one week to complete your Xanax detox. Still, in some cases, a person may experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS), which is when the withdrawal symptoms return without warning. This process can occur for up to 24 months after detox and may include:
- Aches and pains
- Chronic insomnia
- Persistent anxiety
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty with complex tasks
- Sexual problems
What Is Xanax Detox Like?
Medical Xanax detox Naples residents can access at WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab involves providing a short-term treatment that involves a different anxiety-relieving medication to help with the psychological discomfort anxiety can create, along with therapy as you live inside our inpatient detox clinic. Our health care experts will monitor your progress, ensuring you do not acquire a new addiction or experience severe withdrawal symptoms like seizures or hallucinations. We will keep you safe and comfortable as you detox and move into your rehabilitation program.
When Is it Time for Xanax Detox and Rehab?
Xanax is usually only prescribed for a short time because it has a high potential for addiction. Some people begin to show withdrawal symptoms when they try to cut back after using the medication for a few weeks, even when using it as prescribed by a doctor. You may want to turn to a detox and rehab program if you:
- Want to stop using Xanax but cannot stop on your own
- Experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut back or quit
- Have been taking more than prescribed to get the same effect (have built up a tolerance)
At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we will help you create a customized detox and rehab program that will best work for your unique situation while ensuring you are safe and cared for in our luxury clinic. Our inpatient or outpatient rehab programs will help you achieve your recovery goals by integrating therapy, mental health care, medical treatment, physical health, and spiritual wellness into a program that will help you achieve your recovery goals. Contact us today to find out more about Xanax detox in Naples and how we can help you move on from addiction for good.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.