Opiate Addiction Treatment
Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center
Xanax is the more common and the brand name for the drug alprazolam. It is a medication that is typically prescribed to treat different levels of anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax has grown to be very popular and remains to be one of the most commonly prescribed medications amongst the United States population.
Xanax is a sedative-type of medication meant to slow down different thinking capabilities and can also affect a number of other brain processes. When this drug is prescribed and taken correctly in small doses, the effect is proven to be very useful when managing various disorders, such as anxiety. Individuals who suffer from a form of anxiety often possess unusually high levels of stress and worry compared to their peers.
Despite the many different ways this drug has proven to be extremely helpful to so many people who suffer from these related disorders, Xanax is also a very addictive substance that can cause dangerous complications to an individual’s health. Developing an addiction to this drug can begin even if the individual uses the drug correctly and as prescribed by their doctor. Although a Xanax addiction can be produced this way, it is infrequent. The prescribing doctors will always take heed to any warning signs that will become visible before a full-blown addiction is developed. The dangerous habits are seen much more often to occur when an individual does not follow the medical professional’s instructions, and the drug is abused.
Our Mission Viejo Xanax detox treatment
Upon entering a certified drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility such as SoCal Sunrise in Mission Viejo to treat a present Xanax addiction, the individual will then enter the critical initial phase of medical detox. During the medical detox phase of the rehab program, the primary goal of our addiction specialists is to be available to monitor the process as the patient’s body metabolizes and removes the Xanax from their system. Having the various methods of this program, followed closely by qualified health professionals, is essential because, in most cases, this involves uncomfortable and oftentimes dangerous situations for the patient. Because of the full range of medical complications that may occur because of all of a sudden quitting heavy drug use, it is vital to obtain this form of treatment under the close supervision of credentialed medical experts.
A medically-supervised or medically-assisted detox program significantly lowers the risk of relapse because the individual in treatment does not even have the option of drinking or using their drug of choice again. Trying to endure a drug detox at home can be dangerous, frightening, and is strongly discouraged by all medical industry professionals. The awful withdrawal symptoms that are associated with the detox process do not just affect a person’s body, but can also cause damage to their brain as well. If left to their own devices, a person does not even have to be experiencing the more severe symptoms to become incredibly anxious or suffer from delusions that can make them a threat to themselves or others. Our certified addiction treatment facility in Mission Viejo favors the combination of medical and psychiatric procedures to help each of our patients gain a sober body and healthy mind.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
The experience of Xanax detoxification programs and the accompanying withdrawal symptoms can often be torturing, but unfortunately is a necessary step along the pathway to a healthy long-term recovery. These symptoms are typically seen to happen in a progression. Beginning with withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, tremors, and muscle spasms, and leading to intense cravings and mood swings. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms varies greatly depending on how much of the drug and for how long the drug had been abused.
The half-life of Xanax is about 11 hours, meaning that it can take up to 50 hours for the body to r eliminate the drug from the body altogether. Although this may seem like a long time, it is interesting to learn that Xanax has one of the shortest half-lives when compared to the many other drugs that are classified as benzodiazepines. Therefore, withdrawal symptoms can start to be visible and felt more quickly compared to other similar drugs. This information considering, it is important to understand when an individual decides to stop taking the drug, potent substances such as Xanax should be tapered for safety. Quitting “cold-turkey” can lead to severe health complications and side-effects. Some of the more commonly seen physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms seen during Xanax detox programs include:
- Tremors, shaking of the hands
- Muscle soreness and stiffness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle spasms, twitching
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Severe migraines
- Excessive sweating
- Increased anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Heightened irritability
- Becoming paranoid
- Increase of fear
- Distancing from friends and family
- Insomnia and other sleep issues
Xanax withdrawals can last anywhere from weeks to months. Some individuals have even experienced different withdrawal symptoms for years after the last time the drug was taken. Xanax, along with other benzodiazepines, are unique based on how long it’s symptoms can last.