How to Identify and Manage Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Diablo Valley Treatment on May 10, 2019

Xanax is a highly addictive prescription medication that is prescribed to help individuals specifically with symptoms of panic disorders and anxiety. However, because of their calming and euphoric effects, Xanax is often misused as a recreational substance. However, because Xanax is highly addictive, recreational use often leads to the development of tolerance, dependence, and addiction. One of the main signs of addiction to Xanax is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. In this article, we explain the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal and how to address them to begin a journey toward freedom from addiction.

What is Withdrawal?

Before one can understand Xanax withdrawal symptoms in their own life, it’s best to understand what withdrawal is first. Basically, when a person is dependent upon a substance, it means their body has become accustomed to its presence. During active addiction, the body actually adjusts to expect a person’s drug of choice. So, when that drug of choice isn’t present, the body reacts adversely. This reaction comes in the form of various withdrawal symptoms. And, these withdrawal symptoms differ from person to person due to different substances being used, length of time addictive substances are used, and addiction history.

Examples of Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

A person can identify if they’re experiencing withdrawal due to Xanax addiction by identifying specific withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax dependence. If you or a loved one has stopped using Xanax and has begun experiencing the following symptoms, addiction is probably present. The Xanax withdrawal may include both physical and psychological symptoms.

How to Identify and Manage Xanax Withdrawal SymptomsSome physical Xanax withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Shaking and tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Stiffness of the muscles
  • Cold sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

Some psychological Xanax withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Avoidance behaviors
  • Mood swings
  • Severe cravings

How to Manage Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Obviously, Xanax withdrawal can be pretty challenging. It doesn’t feel like sunshine and rainbows, but it doesn’t last forever either. Basically, there are two ways to make Xanax withdrawal symptoms subside. First, to use Xanax again. Obviously, for individuals wanting to turn their lives around and begin with a life of recovery, this isn’t a good option. So, that’s off the table.

The other way to make Xanax withdrawal symptoms stop is to simply wait for withdrawal to pass. However, many struggle to continue detoxing because of severe cravings and other challenging withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce cravings and even help to reduce the severity of other withdrawal symptoms during detox. This is known as medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.

MAT utilizes medications throughout the detox process to help individuals safely and effectively get through withdrawal. This way, they have a better chance of making it past the detox process and onto treatment. Medications utilized throughout MAT are safe when taken by physician instruction. And, are proven effective in reducing the chance of relapse and death (by way of seizures and convulsions) throughout the detox process.

Looking for a Reputable Outpatient Detox for Xanax Withdrawal

Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we offer outpatient medication-assisted treatment for individuals looking to fight the effects of Xanax addiction. This means that individuals can detox from the comfort from home while receiving their effective medications and treatment during specialized hours.

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If this seems like a treatment program that could help you or a loved one get past the damaging effects of Xanax addiction, contact us today to learn more about how we can help!