Used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine that acts on the brain and central nervous system to produce calming effects. The drug works to enhance the body’s natural production of the chemical GABA, a neurotransmitter that reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. If you have been struggling with Xanax addiction and have decided to go through detoxification and seek treatment, you may be concerned about withdrawal; detoxification is the process through which the body naturally rids itself of the toxins taken in from addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms typically start 6-12 hours after a person’s last dose, peaking between 1-4 days, lasting 5 -14 days and often with symptoms occurring that the drug was initially intended to suppress. The most common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Heart palpitations
- Numbness in fingers
- Muscle pains
Although these symptoms may sound frightening, it’s important to remember that you must go through this in order to become better. Many people experience a wide range of emotions during detoxification in addition to the physical symptoms; nervousness or tension, irritability, anxiety and panic, withdrawing from others, and heightened sensitivity may also become present at times.
A 2015 study published in BMC Psychiatry involved 41 narratives, in-depth interviews of adult patients with long-term benzodiazepine dependence. The researchers found that while most people decided to seek treatment due to health concerns, the feeling of being addicted and social factors, withdrawal was perceived to be difficult and highly unpredictable. Inpatient treatment approaches were found to be more successful in long-term recovery than at-home attempts, despite feeling more comfortable at home. Gradual reduction of usage in detoxification helped them the most, with many participants reporting certain medications that seemed to assist them in reducing painful withdrawal symptoms.
Make the decision to seek treatment today. Although detoxification can seem nerve wracking, many people have gone through it and have successfully moved on to living a happier, healthier life with the tools they work hard for in a reputable treatment program.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.