Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms and How to Overcome Them

Learn more about the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal and how to get the help you need to achieve long-term sobriety.

Xanax Withdrawal: Overview

Xanax, also known as Alprazolam, is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and insomnia. While it is generally safe when taken as prescribed, prolonged use or misuse can lead to dependence and addiction. Abuse of this prescription can also lead to Xanax withdrawal.1
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What is Xanax Withdrawal?

Withdrawal from Xanax occurs when an individual who has been using it for an extended period of time stops or reduces their dose. The medicine works by enhancing the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA. This results in a calming effect on the nervous system.

When people take Xanax for an extended period of time, the brain becomes dependent on it to regulate GABA activity. Stopping or reducing Xanax use can cause the brain to become unbalanced. This leads to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. 

Severity and Duration of Xanax Withdrawal

The severity of detoxification symptoms can vary from person to person. It depends on several factors, including how long someone uses the drug, the dosage, and their health.

The duration of Xanax-induced withdrawal can also vary, but it typically lasts for several weeks or even months. The symptoms of withdrawal can include anxiety, insomnia, headache, muscle pain, and tremors. In severe cases, it can cause delirium, fever, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts.

Additionally, those who abruptly stop the medication or attempt to self-treat their symptoms are at risk of experiencing withdrawal. It is important to seek professional help to manage symptoms effectively and safely.2

Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax-induced withdrawal can cause a range of physical and psychological symptoms. These can vary in severity depending on the individual and their history of Xanax use. Withdrawal symptoms can occur within hours or days of the last dose. They can last anywhere from several days to several months. This depends on the extent of the individual’s dependence on the medication. An overview of the common withdrawal symptoms is detailed below.2

Mild Symptoms

Mild withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

Moderate Symptoms

Moderate withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures

Severe Symptoms

Severe symptoms can sometimes be fatal. These symptoms can include:
  • Delirium
  • Fever
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts
The timeline of withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person. However, it is common for the symptoms to peak within the first few days and then gradually improve over several weeks.3

Dangers of Xanax Withdrawal

Detoxing from Xanax can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, dangerous. Below is a comprehensive overview of the dangers of Xanax withdrawal.4

Potential Health Risks

Withdrawing from benzodiazepine can be dangerous and even life-threatening. The potential health risks of stopping the medication include seizures, delirium, and suicidal thoughts. These require immediate medical attention. Attempting to self-treat Xanax withdrawal symptoms or abruptly stopping the medication is dangerous. It leads to severe symptoms and complications.

The Dangers of Self-Treatment or Stopping Xanax Abruptly

Suddenly stopping Xanax can cause the brain to become unbalanced. It leads to withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Self-treating withdrawal may exacerbate the symptoms or accelerate further complications. Medical treatment during Xanax withdrawal is crucial for a safe and successful recovery. Healthcare professionals can help manage withdrawal to ensure a successful recovery.

The Need for Medical Treatment

Individuals dependent on Xanax should work with their healthcare provider to develop a safe and effective plan for tapering off the medication. Medical treatments help minimize the risk of complications. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if any withdrawal symptoms occur. Prompt treatment can prevent the symptoms from becoming severe and ensure a safe, successful, and early recovery.

Treatment for Xanax Withdrawal

Treatment for withdrawal symptoms typically involves a combination of medications, counseling, and support to manage symptoms and prevent complications.5

Medication-Assisted Therapy

Medications are often used to manage the physical symptoms of substance abuse. These include anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Medications may include other benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, and beta-blockers. In some cases, medication-assisted detoxification may be necessary to safely manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications.

Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Options

Inpatient and outpatient treatment options are available for Xanax-dependent individuals. Inpatient treatment involves staying at a specialized facility where healthcare professionals can provide round-the-clock care and support. Outpatient treatment involves regularly visiting a healthcare provider for counseling and medication management.

Alternative Therapy

Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation may also be used to manage withdrawal symptoms. These therapies help people manage stress and anxiety and promote relaxation during withdrawal.
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How Essence Healthcare Can Help Manage Xanax Withdrawal

Detoxing from Xanax can be difficult, especially on your own. If you or someone you know is looking for Xanax addiction treatment, Essence Healthcare is here to help. 

Our Mission

Essence Healthcare is a specialized addiction treatment center. We provide comprehensive care and support to anyone going through Xanax withdrawal. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments and therapies to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent complications, and promote long-term recovery.

Our team of healthcare professionals has extensive experience in treating addiction and withdrawal. We assist in individualized care and support to meet each individual’s unique needs. With our help, individuals can successfully manage withdrawal and avoid relapse.

Contact Essence Healthcare Today

You don’t have to struggle with addiction alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or withdrawal symptoms, contact Essence Healthcare to learn more about our available treatment programs.
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