Do I Need to Enter Detox for Xanax Addiction?

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Most commonly, Xanax is prescribed to people who suffer from anxiety disorders. Other medical uses of Xanax are to treat insomnia, provide sedation before surgery, calm panic attacks, and minimize withdrawal symptoms from other drugs. However, people addicted to Xanax will likely overuse the drug to feel more relaxed and combine it with other drugs like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and even heroin or prescription painkillers.

The danger with Xanax is that it is very addictive, and if used daily for as little as one month, mental, emotional, and physical addiction can occur. People require help from a doctor to detox from Xanax safely. Medically supervised Xanax detox prevents medical emergencies and ensures little to no detox symptoms.

Understanding Xanax and Physical Addiction

When someone abuses Xanax for weeks, months, or years, their body will adapt to its presence. Benzodiazepines are a type of central nervous system dispersant. They slow the responses and neurochemical reactions of the nervous system. People who abuse Xanax are addicted to the effects not just to feel high but to stabilize how they feel physically.

This adaptation is called drug dependence or physical addiction. If they stop taking it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Xanax withdrawals are extremely dangerous, and a person can die if they abruptly stop taking Xanax.

To ensure safe detox from Xanax, medical supervision is always recommended.

How to Identify Someone With a Xanax Addiction

When someone is addicted to Xanax, they will be agitated about using it and most likely hide or lie about how much they are taking. They will also have daily concerns about taking Xanax and seeing more than one doctor for their prescriptions for Xanax.

It is also typical for a Xanax addict to buy it from drug dealers, drive while taking Xanax, and combine it with alcohol or other drugs. Still, the most significant trait of Xanax addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms?

The withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax are severe. Many people experience intense anxiety levels leading to panic attacks and heart arrhythmias. The most dangerous Xanax detox symptom, however, is seizures. For this reason, medically supervised Xanax detox will taper the dose of Xanax to ensure the patient’s safety. Xanax withdrawal symptoms usually include:

  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Severe cravings for Xanax

What Are the Statistics About Xanax Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse surveyed why people are using Benzodiazepines addictively. They found that roughly half of the 5.2 Million adults who misuse Benzodiazepines are doing so to feel relaxed and at ease.

Among past-year Benzodiazepine misusers, 46.3% reported that the motivation for their most recent misuse was to relax or relieve tension, followed by helping with sleep (22.4%). About 5.7% reported “experimentation” as their main motivation for misuse, and 11.8% reported using them to “get high” or because of being “hooked.” The data also showed that most misusers obtained Benzodiazepines from friends or relatives, with only about 20% receiving them from their doctor. (NIDA)

Same-Day Admission to Xanax Detoxification

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. Our medically supervised detox for Xanax addiction stabilizes the patients by providing a taper regimen of Xanax, slowly reducing the amount every day. By providing smaller and smaller doses of Xanax, the person will not experience anxiety, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms.

The benzodiazepine detox unit allows paints to rest and recover in a peaceful environment. Counselors are available every day for therapy, and doctors and medical expert staff oversee the detox. Call to be admitted today to end the suffering that this addiction causes.

Medically Reviewed: December 7, 2022

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

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