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Guide to Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Xanax is a brand name for a sedative medication, alprazolam. Doctors prescribe this medication to manage anxiety and panic disorders associated with depression. For patients struggling with intense anxiety and high levels of panic, this drug can be helpful, but it can also be highly addictive. As a result, if you have been on the medication and quit taking it, you may experience some Xanax withdrawal symptoms.

The good news is that you can eliminate or avoid the withdrawal symptoms by enrolling in a proven-effective Xanax detox program in California. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] to learn about your drug detox treatment options today.

Why do People Experience Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms?

At Renaissance Recovery, we provide a structured and supportive environment to go through Xanax detox safely. Visit our prescription drug abuse and addiction center in Orange County, CA for individualized treatment and therapy.

While Xanax is an FDA approved drug, it is not intended for long term use, and in the event of prescription drug abuse, patients can quickly develop dependence and addiction. When it comes to Xanax addiction, quitting the drug may have undesirable effects in the shape of withdrawal symptoms. The dependent person can no longer function or feel normal without the prescription, which causes physiological and psychological pain.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Some of the common Xanax withdrawal symptoms you might experience include:

  • Emotional outbursts and irritability
  • Mental fog and inability to carry out simple tasks
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Seizures and suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disorders
  • Body and muscle soreness/ pains

Let’s delve into the symptoms in detail:

Emotional Outbursts and Irritability

Xanax is a depressant, so it ‘dulls’ the brain’s chemical receptors, slowing down the body functions. After long term use, the brain becomes incapable of calming by itself, thus relying on the drug. Resultantly, you may develop Xanax addiction, and in the absence of the drug, you will deal with a range of difficult emotions as you cannot calm yourself without it. As a result, you may experience irrational rage, hysteria, or awkward responses to social cues.

Mental Fog and Inability to Carry Out Simple Tasks

Xanax creates a state of calm, even when the environment stimulates a fight response. This condition means that you are less present or aware of the environment around you. When there is not enough stimulation from the brain, the body may fail to work correctly. An individual may start experiencing memory loss or inability to perform simple tasks such as writing, walking, or even speaking.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Since doctors prescribe the drug to calm anxiety, the absence of it may cause the underlying anxiety to increase overwhelmingly. This condition may then cause the patient to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, cold sweat, paranoia, impending sense of doom, and rapid heart rate.

Sleep Disorders

When under Xanax medication, you sleep a lot. Unfortunately, it is not a healthy sleep as you will not be able to enter the Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Cycle(REM). During REM sleep, your brain consolidates memories, physical recovery occurs, immunity is rejuvenated, and blood sugars are balanced out. For these functions to occur, the brain needs to spend at least 20% of total sleep during the REM cycle every day.

In the initial stages of quitting the drug, the brain adjusts to the normal sleep cycles. Individuals may experience insomnia or experience intense dreams.

Seizures and Suicidal Thoughts

One of the severe Xanax withdrawal symptoms is experiencing suicidal thoughts. An individual may experience the preoccupation of the thoughts alongside hallucination, seizures, and sometimes even death. If you or someone you know experiencing these symptoms, make sure to consult with your doctor or call the national suicide hotline for immediate assistance.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

Xanax withdrawal can be painful and challenging to face alone. These symptoms may vary in severity, and the symptoms can start a few hours after stopping and may last for a few weeks or months on end. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek medical assistance from a healthcare professional in Orange County, CA, before getting off the drugs.

Ease or avoid the Xanax withdrawal symptoms by seeking professional treatment at Renaissance Recovery. Beyond the Xanax detox program, we offer a wealth of treatment therapies such as:

Don’t let Xanax withdrawal symptoms harm you another day. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] today to walk with you or your loved one on the road to Xanax detox.866.330.9449

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