Xanax Addiction Recovery
Medically Assisted Xanax Detoxification

Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication most commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate or severe anxiety disorders. In some cases, Xanax might be prescribed to treat insomnia or other sleep-related issues, though this is less common. As it stands, Xanax is one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the country. It also has a particularly high potential for abuse, and high prescription rates coupled with the addictive nature of the medication have led to a dramatic increase of Xanax addiction cases over the course of the past several years. Because this medication is typically prescribed by a trusted medical professional, many people mistakenly believe it is safe to use even when a higher dose than recommended is being taken. It is important to never increase your dose unless suggested by your prescribing physician or psychiatric professional, and to never take a medication which was not prescribed to you.

If you or someone you love has been misusing Xanax or any other benzodiazepine medication, there is help available. At Guardian Recovery Network we work with people of all ages and walks of life who have been struggling with Xanax use disorders of all severities. We offer several levels of clinical care, each providing a personalized program of recovery which is tailored to the unique needs of each individual client. Because the symptoms associated with Xanax withdrawal can be so unpredictable and severe, we recommend beginning every journey of Xanax addiction recovery with a short stay in an inpatient detox center. To learn more about Xanax withdrawal or to learn more about our programs of benzodiazepine detox and recovery, contact us today.

Understanding Xanax Addiction

Xanax addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of their personal background, age, gender, or previous experience with substance use and dependence. What makes this medication so addictive? Xanax works by increasing the effects of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter in the brain which promotes sedation and calmness. Dopamine, a “feel good” chemical in the brain, is simultaneously released. When a person takes this medication they almost immediately experience a euphoric rush and the symptoms associated with anxiety rapidly subside. Both GABA and dopamine reinforce the reward center of the brain, which in turn leads to repetitive Xanax use. Essentially, your brain says, “Hey, want to feel good? Me too, let’s take some more Xanax!” Over time, the person who has been using Xanax loses control of their intake. Use becomes compulsive and symptoms associated with Xanax addiction begin to develop.

Common Symptoms of Xanax Addiction Include:

  • Taking a higher dose than intended for a longer period of time than intended.
  • Attempting to cut back or quit altogether, but being unable to do so.
  • Experiencing interpersonal problems, financial issues and legal issues as a direct result of Xanax misuse and dependence.
  • Developing a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the desired effects to be produced.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Xanax use is stopped suddenly.

Part of the reason why people have such a difficult time quitting without professional help is the development of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable — even dangerous when they are left untreated. Fortunately, with the assistance of a medical detox program, you can undergo a safe, pain-free Xanax withdrawal and begin living the happy, healthy and substance-free life you deserve.

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What Are the Signs of Xanax Withdrawal?

The signs of Xanax withdrawal vary on a person-to-person basis, and depend heavily on how long you have been using the medication, what dosage you are taking on a daily basis, whether or not you have any pre-existing health conditions and if you were simultaneously using any other chemical substances.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Persistent headaches.
  • Muscle aches and pain.
  • Body tremors and uncontrollable shaking.
  • Numbness in the fingers and toes.
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Loss of appetite, which might lead to temporary weight loss.
  • Profuse sweating/night sweats.
  • Extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Paranoia.
  • Depressed mood, which can lead to suicidal ideation.
  • Increased heart rate/heart palpitations.
  • Seizures.

As soon as you arrive at one of our medical detox centers you undergo a detailed addiction assessment, which helps our clinical team determine which detox methods are going to be the most beneficial to your unique case. Because it can be difficult to tell how severe your symptoms are going to be, it is a good idea to admit yourself to a professionally run detox program before they begin to develop (within the first several hours after the final dose).

Xanax Detox Timeline:

  • Stage 16-12 Hours After Final Dose – Withdrawal symptoms first take hold.
  • Stage 21-4 Days After Final Dose – Withdrawal symptoms peak in severity and can become life-threatening if left untreated.
  • Stage 35 Days to 2 Weeks After Final Dose – The more severe symptoms subside, but symptoms like anxiety and insomnia might persist.
  • Stage 42 Weeks On – The majority of withdrawal symptoms are resolved, save for intermittent Xanax cravings.
Xanax detox timeline, how long do Xanax withdrawal symptoms last

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Xanax Detox FAQs

Below are several frequently asked questions pertaining to Xanax withdrawal and the entire detoxification process. At Guardian Recovery Network we know how difficult it can be to reach out for help, especially when you aren’t sure what to expect from the addiction treatment process. We are available to help put your mind at ease and answer any additional questions you might have.

FAQ #1: Is Xanax Withdrawal Dangerous?

In short — yes, it certainly can be. Attempting to detox off of any drug on your own can be dangerous. Attempting to detox off of benzodiazepines without professional help can result in serious, life-threatening complications like grand mal seizures. While you are more susceptible to detox-related seizures if you have a personal history of seizures, they can happen to anyone with a moderate or severe Xanax use disorder. However, Xanax withdrawal is not always dangerous. If you make the decision to enter into a Xanax detox program before symptoms of withdrawal take hold you will be effectively treated by a team of experienced medical professionals, and your detox experience will be both safe and comfortable.

FAQ #2: Can You Die from Xanax Withdrawal?

You are only at risk of serious health-related complications if you attempt to detox on your own. As soon as you are admitted to a professional detox center, you will be monitored around the clock by a team of doctors and nurses, and you will be safe from harm. When left untreated, some of the symptoms associated with Xanax detox can become life-threatening. For example, if you are detoxing at home without supervision and you experience a severe seizure, you might be at risk.

FAQ #3: How Long Does Xanax Withdrawal Last?

The duration of Xanax withdrawal depends heavily on several factors, including the severity of the Xanax use disorder and whether or not you have undergone Xanax withdrawal in the past. In most cases, benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms subside completely after one or two weeks. When treated in a medical detox center, symptoms can be effectively treated and can be entirely resolved in as little as three days.

FAQ #4: Can you Detox from Xanax At Home?

You might be wondering whether or not you can detox on your own before entering a higher level of care. Attempting to detox from any chemical substance on your own can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true of benzodiazepines like Xanax. People who attempt to detox at home typically return to use before the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, or experience life-threatening complications and must be rushed to the hospital. A short stay in an inpatient detox center is always less expensive than an ambulance ride, and your chances of maintaining sobriety are exceedingly slim if you attempt to detox anywhere other than a designated detox center.

FAQ #5: How Can I Get Help for Xanax Withdrawal?

When it comes to safely undergoing Xanax withdrawal under the close care of medical professionals, there is always an option which will work for you. Try not to allow a fear of covering the cost of detox or choosing the best detox center prevent you from seeking and receiving the help you need. In most cases, getting help is as simple as making the initial phone call. Once you reach out, the detox center will take over and help you smooth out all of the finer details.

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Choosing a Xanax Detox Center

What steps should you take when choosing a Xanax detox center? First of all, we recommend asking yourself the following questions to help narrow down your search:

  • Am I looking for a treatment program close to where I live, or am I willing to travel for higher quality/more effective detox services?
  • Does the detox center accept my current health insurance? If not, do they provide additional coverage options?
  • Does the detox center offer addiction services outside of medication assisted treatment, like individual and group therapy, holistic treatment options and case management services?
  • Will the detox help prepare me to take the next appropriate step on my personal recovery journey by providing me with aftercare planning services?
  • Are the offered amenities something I am looking for? Does the detox center provide private or semi-private bedrooms, daily, chef-prepared meals and other amenities geared towards client comfort?

If you are looking for additional information on choosing the best detox center for you, contact us today.

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    The symptoms associated with Xanax withdrawal can be life-threatening when left untreated. It is important to seek the care of a team of experienced medical professionals before associated symptoms peak in severity. At Guardian Recovery Network we effectively treat the symptoms associated with Xanax withdrawal while providing our clients with the tools they need to continue along on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. Getting started is as simple as reaching out for help. Once you make initial contact, either through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced Treatment Advisors who will answer any additional questions and walk you through our simple admissions process. We begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which helps our medical team determine which of our detox centers is the best fit for you. We offer a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and arrange local transportation to one of our facilities. All you have to do is reach out for help, and we will take care of the rest.

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    Reviewed for accuracy by our National Director Of Clinical Services:

    Tommy McGee
    LMHC, CAP


    Tommy has more than 16 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field working in supportive, clinical and administrative roles. He has experience working with clients from various ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. He has worked with clients with co-occurring disorders, both adult and adolescent persons, Native American groups, and in programs with a focus on treating clients of ultra high net worth.