Xanax Withdrawal 

Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax withdrawal can cause extreme, debilitating discomfort, and in severe cases it can be life-threatening to attempt cessation without professional guidance and help


Benzodiazepine drugs are renowned for the difficulties connected to coming off them, and certainly one should never opt for a "cold-turkey" approach. Xanax withdrawal can cause such extreme pain and suffering, that it is near to impossible to withstand. In fact, Xanax withdrawal done too abruptly can threaten the very life of the person. 

Many people fear the prospect of detoxing from Xanax, and this is an understandable reaction. This is why professional monitoring, help, and guidance can provide such great relief for the client and also for the client’s family. This is especially important, since the side effects of withdrawal from Xanax can cause severe and even life threatening consequences if not given proper Xanax withdrawal treatment. 

The safest way to deal with this problem is to enrol in a structured, well-staffed facility that can assist you through every step of the process. We can help. 

Xanax Withdrawal - Physiological Side Effects 

  • seizures
  • tremors, potentially fatal convulsions
  • shaking of hands, limbs
  • jaw-clenching
  • "jelly-legs", irregular gait
  • women can experience an increase in menstrual discomfort, bleeding, and tenderness
  • nausea, dry retching
  • vomiting
  • headaches, neck spasms
  • muscle stiffness, aches
  • repetitive motions, pacing, hand gestures, etc. 
  • flucturation in weight, either loss or gain
  • diarrhea
  • tachycardia (racing heart rate, even at rest)
  • excessive sweating 
  • muscle cramping, spasms, twitches, ticks

Psychological Withdrawal Effects

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • impaired cognitive ability, confusion, inability to focus
  • super-sensitivity to light, sound, environmental stimuli
  • panic attacks
  • suicidal ideation
  • psychosis, especially coming off high-dosage or too abruptly
  • insomnia
  • nightmares 
  • mood swings, moodiness, irritability, bouts of crying spells, etc.
  • desocialization, withdrawing from people
  • audio hallucinations and altered aural perception (i.e., things seem louder than they are)
  • visual hallucinations and impaired sight  (i.e., lights seem brighter than they are) 

Timeline for Withdrawing From Xanax

Every person has a unique biology and history, including personal health issues and risks, dosage, length of time taking the drug, other concurrent drug or alcohol use, and so on. However, common phases of withdrawal occur, most observable where no inpatient guidance and treatment were in place.

Never abruptly stop taking any benzo as it can be life-threatening to attempt. 

Without treatment, the following can serve as a guide: 

1. Phase One: where the dosage was low and the length of time taking was short, a dose was cut or skipped, this brings on a rebound of anxiety, panic, insomnia symptoms. These rebound symptoms are relatively short-lived, beginning on day one, and lasting about four days. 

2. Phase Two: referred to as "full-blown" withdrawal, where symptoms become much more severe, and can last for several weeks. 

3. Phase Three: a return of rebound symptoms which will persist until some form of treatment is initiated.  

Safe Treatment for Withdrawal From Xanax 

Safe and scientific methods used at the Alternative to Meds Center help the client achieve their Xanax tapering goals, in a much more comfortable and tolerable fashion. Our staff carefully monitors each client during the phases of slowly decreasing the dosage of Xanax. A variety of effective treatment methods will quickly and efficiently reduce the client's withdrawal symptoms, discomfort and stress that frequently accompanies benzodiazepine withdrawal. 

Doctors and healthcare professionals know that abrupt Xanax withdrawal, as in the “cold turkey” approach, can trigger seizures, cardiac arrest, psychosis, stroke, and even death. Slow reduction processes, with careful monitoring and effective adjunctive therapies, gives the body time to adjust back to a much healthier condition in the new drug-free state. 

Purposes for Inpatient Detox From Xanax 

Regulatory bodies now recommend that doctors prescribe Xanax, and other benzodiazepine drugs, only for a short term, to treat symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, stress. Xanax may have masked these symptoms, for a time.  However, all too often, doctors have continued prescribing benzo drugs far longer than the several weeks recommended by health authorities. Extending the period of medication will magnify difficulties encountered when stopping the drug. In patient detox is definitely recommended for long-term benzo users. 

Also, the withdrawal process done too fast may trigger a formidable set of heightened symptoms, referred to as "benzodiazepine discontinuation syndrome".  Without treatment these symptoms can in fact be life-threatening, and should one manage to live through them, they are likely to persist for months or years. The best way forward is to seek inpatient care. 

Xanax withdrawal may “uncover” and even magnify the symptoms that were there before starting the drug. In Xanax discontinuation syndrome, the original anxiety is still wreaking havoc, but magnified. This is markedly true where a person attempted discontinuation abruptly, but can occur in all cases.  This extreme anxiety requires that specific methods must be employed to stabilize the neurochemistry. At the Alternative to Meds Center, neurochemistry stabilization is achieved naturally, during Xanax withdrawal, which significantly eases the withdrawal process. 

Alternative to Med Program for Recovery From Xanax Dependency

Skills, therapies, and tools we provide the client raises the person's ability to cope with their original symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and stress without having to suffer Xanax dependency syndrome. The tools provided give the client contentment, relaxation, and comfort.  

Doctors, counselors in both individual and group settings teach clients how to use these methods within our Sedona treatment center. A client so equipped can avoid the pitfalls of past patterns of behavior. Clients learn and work on the skills needed to dismantle their previous dependency on Xanax and overcome the reasons that, if not resolved, may invite relapse. 

Beyond the immeasurable relief of a refreshed, relaxed and healthy body, these learned skills provide a clear path of sustained recovery without Xanax dependency. Even more importantly, once the drugs are not present, any original symptoms and problems solve much more easily and efficiently than when drugs in the system interfered with and compromised the neurochemistry of the body, as well as interfered with the client’s ability to remember, reason and problem-solve efficiently.  

We have helped thousands of clients to get off medication safely, efficiently, and comfortably. You do not have to suffer any longer, and help is only a phone call away. Call us today to find out how Alternative to Meds Center can help you or your loved one overcome and heal from Xanax withdrawal. 



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