Medically Assisted Xanax Detoxification
At Immersion Recovery we understand how difficult Xanax withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so serve that those struggling with Xanax addiction return to using within 24 hours. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be identified and treated immediately. At Immersion Recovery Center we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each clients needs and recovery goals. Immersion Recovery Center provides 24 hour medical supervision and comfort care for our detox clients. Our medical and client support team’s goal is to make sure all clients have a safe and comfortable detox so they can begin the next phase in their recovery journey.
Xanax is the brand name of the drug alprazolam, a sedative controlled substance that is often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax works with the brain helping to balance out chemicals that may be causing anxiety. Because this specific drug is known to be habit-forming, it will rarely be prescribed to those with a known history of substance abuse. There are many known drug interactions – therefore Xanax should only be taken by the individual to whom it was prescribed and it should never be taken in conjunction with another chemical substance. Some will use Xanax as a “party drug”, mixing it with alcohol or opioids to enhance its calming effects. Mixing alprazolam and alcohol can lead to life-threatening complications such as respiratory depression, black outs, and coma. Mixing the drug with any kind of opioid is also extremely risky and can result in slowed breathing, extreme tiredness, disorientation, coma, and death.
Those who take Xanax will usually only be prescribed a small amount or be instructed to take the drug at the onset of a panic attack – not every day. If Xanax is taken regularly then ceased use may result in withdrawal symptoms. Oftentimes individuals will turn to using more of the drug in order to combat symptoms of withdrawal – a vicious cycle that will likely lead to dependency. If you or someone close to you has been abusing Xanax or has been grappling with a Xanax addiction reach out to us today and get started on the path to recovery.
Xanax Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Because of its high addiction potential Xanax is very frequently abused. It is a prescription medication that can only be prescribed by a medical professional though it is still circulated widely – even when it comes to those who have never been prescribed the drug. In many cases those who have unused or expired Xanax will leave the prescription in an easily accessible place such as an unlocked medicine cabinet. Youth and young adults might raid their parents’ or grandparents’ bathrooms looking for unused medications that can provide a viable “high”. Additionally those who are prescribed Xanax may begin taking it other than as prescribed, either increasing the dose or taking it throughout the day. Because the chemical compound itself is so addictive any length of abuse could very well result in physical and mental dependency.
Signs of Xanax Addiction
- Slurred speech and compromised motor skills
- Extreme and inexplicable drowsiness
- Increased tolerance (requiring a greater amount of the drug to experience the same high)
- Asking others for their prescriptions, or stealing prescriptions from others
- “Doctor shopping”
- Engaging in risky behavior while on Xanax, or in order to obtain more Xanax
- Feelings of irritability and anxiety when the drug is not readily available
- Spending a disproportionate amount of time seeking out the drug, using the drug, and recovering from symptoms of withdrawal when the drug is not available
Xanax addiction is not uncommon and there is absolutely no shame in seeking support if you believe that you may be physically dependent on the potent drug. If you are struggling with addiction the best way to heal completely and for the long-term is to attend an inpatient treatment center. However, the very first step on the road to recovery is medically monitored detox. Especially when it comes to Xanax withdrawal which can be extremely dangerous – even lethal – unless supervised by a medical professional.
Xanax Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms
Because Xanax is so potent the symptoms of withdrawal can be quite severe. Those that attempt to quit cold turkey put themselves into serious danger – in the case of Xanax addiction the patient will need to be carefully tapered off of the drug in order to prevent life-threatening complications. Those who quit Xanax cold turkey often report that by the second day of withdrawal they are experiencing symptoms so severe that they aren’t sure whether or not they’re going to make it through the detoxification process. These symptoms are usually physical and psychological in nature.
Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal
- Profuse sweating
- Muscle Spasms
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Headaches and Fever
- Suicidal ideation
- Severe Depression
- Sleep paralysis
- Sever Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
These symptoms typically only occur when an addict attempts to quit suddenly without tapering off Xanax. If an addict is admitted to a medical detox such as the one we offer at Immersion Recovery Center, the staff will utilize a combination of modalities to ensure that withdrawal symptoms are as mild and tolerable as possible. Because Xanax is a central nervous system depressant it works to decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure, and slow breathing. Over time and with repeated use the brain will become accustomed to the drug. When it is removed suddenly, the slowed functions might rapidly rebound causing major shifts in brain chemistry and a host of symptoms that will crop up quickly and overwhelm the physical body and the mind.
Why Xanax Needs Detoxification
Xanax is a short-acting benzodiazepine and the Food and Drug Administration notes that it has a half-life of approximately 11 hours. This means – as far as withdrawal goes – that symptoms will begin occurring within 6-12 hours of the last dose. It is common for acute withdrawal symptoms to begin sometime during the first few hours (generally 6-8) and will peak around the second day. When a patient is being monitored and medicated appropriately, acute withdrawal will probably resolve within five days to one week. The withdrawal timeline can be affected by a number of factors, including:
- The length and severity of the addiction
- The age of initial use (did abuse start when the brain was still developing?)
- Underlying mental health issues
- Medical complications
- Environmental factors
How Immersion Recovery Center Can Help
As previously mentioned Xanax detoxification will be far more successful when conducted in a professional detox facility – a medical environment that lends itself specifically to medical detoxification. In an environment like this a prescribing physician will help newly sober addicts to develop a personalized tapering schedule – a short-term solution to symptom relief, one that will include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). By making sure that a small amount of benzodiazepines stays in the bloodstream, cravings and the worst of withdrawal symptoms will be kept at bay. Therapy sessions are offered in both group sessions and one-on-one. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a major part of inpatient treatment but studies show that residential treatment is more effective if therapeutic treatment is introduced in detox.