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Treating Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

a person lies in bed looking sick with xanax withdrawal symptoms

Treating Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be challenging, and medical supervision is often necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of the individual. There are several strategies used to manage withdrawal symptoms, and it’s essential to seek professional help to determine the best course of action.

Northpoint Washington’s Xanax detox center in Edmonds, WA provides a safe and secure environment for individuals suffering from Xanax addiction to receive the care and attention they need to overcome their addiction. Our treatment program is designed to provide a supportive and individualized approach to the complex process of detoxing from the drug. Our team of certified professionals is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and treatment to our clients.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slows down the brain’s activity and produces a calming effect. Xanax works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps to reduce anxiety and produce feelings of relaxation.

Xanax is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine, meaning that its effects last for several hours. This relatively rapid onset of action makes it a popular choice for people who need immediate relief from anxiety or panic attacks.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a potent and addictive drug that can lead to physical and psychological dependence, even when taken as prescribed. Some of the signs of Xanax addiction include:

  • Taking more Xanax than prescribed or using it for longer than intended
  • Feeling like you need Xanax to function normally
  • Trying to quit or cut back on Xanax use but being unable to do so
  • Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit, including anxiety, insomnia, and seizures
  • Neglecting responsibilities or engaging in risky behavior to obtain Xanax
  • Continuing to use Xanax despite negative consequences

While Xanax can be effective in treating anxiety and panic disorders, it is also highly addictive. Long-term use of Xanax can lead to physical dependence, meaning the body has adapted to the drug’s presence and needs it to function normally. People who become physically dependent on Xanax may experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop using it.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially life-threatening, especially for people who have been using the drug for an extended period or in high doses. Some common Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DTs) – A severe and potentially life-threatening condition characterized by hallucinations, seizures, and confusion

Because of the potential severity of Xanax withdrawal symptoms, it is important to seek medical help when attempting to quit or reduce Xanax use.

Treating Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms at Northpoint Washington

If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction and needs help managing withdrawal symptoms, Northpoint Washington can provide a safe and supportive environment for detoxification and recovery. Our team of medical professionals and addiction specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.

One of the key components of treating Xanax withdrawal at Northpoint Washington is medical detox. This involves using medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Detox is done under close medical supervision to ensure safety and minimize discomfort.

Northpoint Washington also offers dual diagnosis treatment for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression, that may be contributing to their addiction. This involves addressing both the addiction and the underlying mental health condition to promote lasting recovery. Contact us at 888.450.2153 to learn more.