Xanax Detox
Xanax Detox

When a prescription drug addiction takes over your life our detox program can bring you back to wellness.

Tens of millions of people suffering from anxiety or panic disorders are given prescriptions for Xanax (or its generic equivalent, alprazolam) each and every year. These drugs often have an immediate impact, and because they do such a good job of stopping anxiety symptoms users often take more of the drug than they should.

When this happens Xanax dependency will develop rapidly, catching its victims completely off guard. This disabling addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially if the withdrawal period is not handled with great care.

“The misuse of benzodiazepines along with other prescription drugs is fueling the rise of treatment admissions. Prescription drug misuse is dangerous and can even be deadly.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator Pamela – Pamela S. Hyde, J.D

What is Xanax?

Alprazolam is the active ingredient in this well-known prescription medication, which is labeled as alprazolam in its increasingly popular generic form.

As a chemical substance alprazolam belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These psychoactive substances can be highly addictive if taken too frequently, in excessive doses or for extended periods of time.

Xanax and alprazolam are prescribed more frequently than any other type of benzodiazepine. This is a testament to alprazolam’s powerful capacity to counteract the physical and psychological effects of intense and persistent anxiety. The incidence of severe anxiety conditions and panic disorders is currently at epidemic levels, which also helps to explain why Xanax is so widely recommended by doctors.

How Does Xanax Affect the Mind and Body?

Benzodiazepines suppress activity in the central nervous system by enhancing the effects of a neurochemical known as GABA. People with uncontrollable symptoms of anxiety suffer from excessive activity in certain areas of the brain, but GABA helps to dampen those responses and make nervousness or panic much easier to manage and resist.

In comparison to other benzodiazepines, alprazolam is more affective at creating relaxed, detached and mellow states of mind in those with a history of anxiety and panic disorder. It has a half-life in the body of just 10 hours, which is shorter than other drugs in its class and a key reason why it is both so potent and so addictive. It delivers its emotionally soothing effects in a rapid burst that drives anxiety away but soon leaves the user wanting and needing more.

Ideally Xanax should only be taken for a limited time and exactly as prescribed by a physician. When it is not trouble is likely—and a Xanax dependency can be big trouble if it is not addressed in its earliest stages.

Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Abuse

Like most pharmaceutical drugs alprazolam is potent, powerful and capable of producing a long list of alarming side effects, especially when taken in excess.

Have you or someone you care about experienced any of the following symptoms of Xanax abuse?

Physical Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Daily drowsiness
  • Poor Coordination
  • Constipation
  • Trouble Urinating
  • Sweating
  • Blurred Vision
  • Headaches
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Slurred Speech
  • Tremors
  • Swelling in the extremities
  • Seizures

Psychological Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Rapid Mood Swings
  • Agitation
  • Memory Loss
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Attacks of Rage
  • Mania

If these signs of trouble are ignored, they may be the tip of the iceberg. Soon, you or your family member may exhibit disturbing and dangerous behavioral symptoms, motivated by Xanax cravings or related to changes in personality caused by chronic consumption of the drug.

Some examples of these behaviors include:
  • Doctor shopping, e.g., going to multiple physicians to obtain several prescriptions.
  • Stealing Xanax or other drugs from friends, family or acquaintances.
  • Forging a physician’s signature on fake prescriptions.
  • Neglect of family, work, school and/or personal responsibilities.
  • Decreased social inhibitions that lead to frequent offensive actions.
  • Excessive and hazardous risk-taking.
  • Appetite changes, accompanied by binging or food avoidance (or both).
  • Hyperactivity
  • Abuse of alcohol or other drugs in addition to alprazolam.
  • Chewing or snorting crushed pills in order to get a faster effect.
  • Compulsive use of alprazolam in the absence of anxiety or panic symptoms

Above all else people developing an addiction to Xanax will find their tolerance levels for the drug increasing. In response they’ll take more and more of the drug, in a futile attempt to re-create its initial anxiety-relieving effects.

Beware of Xanax Overdose

As Xanax dependency deepens the risk of overdose inevitably rises. If you or someone you know experiences a number of these symptoms after consuming alprazolam, an overdose may have occurred and emergency medical assistance should be sought without delay.

Signs of Xanax Overdose
  • Sudden Muscle Weakness
  • Mental Fog or Confusion
  • Speaking Difficulties
  • Respiratory Troubles
  • Lightheadedness of wooziness
  • Loss of equilibrium
  • Steadily declining pulse rate
  • Overwhelming sleepiness
  • Slower-than-normal reaction time
  • Fainting

Warning: The dangers of a Xanax overdose can increase dramatically if the drug is mixed with alcohol or other medications. If medical attention is not immediately forthcoming the reaction to such a combination could be fatal.

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Xanax

Benzodiazepine addiction is a fierce competitor that can be incredibly difficult to defeat, in part because its withdrawal symptoms are so powerful.

Some of the more serious side effects experienced by Xanax addicts going through withdrawal include:

  • Overwhelming Lethargy
  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Panic Attacks
  • Inability to Concentrate or Focus
  • Short-term Memory Loss
  • Emotional Fragility
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Painful Skin Rashes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Tingling in hands and feet

As withdrawal continues the side effects can become even more severe and threatening. Ominous symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Aggressive or Violent Behavior
  • Significant Respiratory Distress
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Paranoid Psychosis
  • Seizures

These frightening symptoms are far more likely to manifest if attempts to withdraw are undertaken at home, at an accelerated pace and without trained medical assistance. Quitting suddenly and without the proper support is unlikely to bring lasting sobriety. It will almost assuredly put your health at risk and could ultimately lead to hospitalization or worse.

Detox for Xanax Withdrawal

An at-home, self-administered program of withdrawal from alprazolam dependency is a losing proposition, doomed to failure from the start.

Detox is the far superior solution, as long as the intervention takes place in a licensed medical facility under the supervision of experienced personnel with a background in addiction treatment and rehabilitation. The detox team will normally consist of physicians, nurses, behavioral health counselors and support staff understand the unique physical and emotional challenges associated with alprazolam withdrawal. Great care will be taken to ensure the rate of detoxification from Xanax is sensible, sustainable and safe. Immediate medical intervention will be provided should any hazardous physical or emotional reactions occur as the delicate process of withdrawal unfolds.

Round-the-clock monitoring combined with crisis intervention as needed is the hallmark of detox for drug dependency. The dedicated members of the detox team will gently but expertly guide the patient through the rockiest sections of early-stage recovery, when the cravings for the drug are still fresh and strong. It is important to emphasize that formal detox for Xanax addiction is only the start of a longer process. Detox generally runs for a few days, or perhaps a couple of weeks, but a full withdrawal from alprazolam will usually take several weeks to complete. The drug’s hold over its users is deep-rooted and cannot be broken without a prolonged, sustained effort.

Our Xanax Detox Program

Detox is designed to help you manage your withdrawal without undue stress; to offer you knowledge, guidance and reassurance at a time when you are in a vulnerable state, both emotionally and physically.

When you undergo drug detox at a Footprints BHC, you’ll have the expert support of a highly experienced medical team that knows how to create a foundation for healing that will last long after the official detox program has finished. In addition to offering preventive monitoring, psychological counseling and vital medical services, our Xanax detox program will immerse you in a peaceful, empathic, health-oriented environment that will make it easy to imagine a better existence, a future where drug dependency is only a memory.

With Xanax addiction complications are often present: according to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 90 percent of those who abuse benzodiazepines also abuse alcohol and other drugs to some extent. Consequently you’ll undergo a complete and thorough substance abuse evaluation before being admitted to our program , and if you’ve been taking other substances in addition to alprazolam your detox regimen will be customized to reflect this reality.

Post-Detox Treatment for Xanax Addiction

After detox you’ll enter a therapy-centered, residential treatment program at the Footprints BHC of your choice. In some instances you may receive assistance on an outpatient basis instead, depending on your personal situation and the severity of your drug problem.

During your one-to-three month stay in treatment, you’ll be asked to participate in a customized rehabilitation regimen that is responsive to your specific needs and structured to help you break free of the self-destructive patterns that left you vulnerable to drug addiction in the first place.

In addition to targeting your addiction, your counselors will help you develop sound and healthy strategies for dealing with anxiety-related symptoms, so you don’t feel tempted to go back to Xanax the next time feelings of panic or anxiety overwhelm you. Holistic therapies like meditation and yoga, which promote health and wellbeing in the entire mind-body system, will also be incorporated into your treatment plan, along with special self-development classes designed to help you learn a variety of new coping and living skills.

Mind-altering substances like Xanax are not the answer to your problems. At Footprints BHC we’ll help you find alternatives that can save you from addiction and carry you forward into a much brighter future.

Financing Your Detox and Treatment

If you or a loved one suffer from Xanax dependency, or any other type of substance abuse problem, you may be worried about the cost of treatment and that is understandable.

But we are committed to ensuring that financial obstacles don’t block your path to a drug-free existence. If you decide to seek treatment at a Footprints BHC, we’ll communicate with your insurance company to guarantee you get the maximum coverage for treatment services that your health plan allows—and we’ll work out an affordable payment plan to take care of the rest.

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