Why Xanax Detox is Necessary
Benzodiazepine withdrawal of all severities can lead to serious health-related complications. For this reason, medical detox will always be a necessary first step on the road to long-term Xanax addiction recovery. The biggest physical risk associated with unmanaged Xanax withdrawal is seizures – it is not uncommon for an individual who has been abusing this medication for any extended period of time to undergo one or several seizures during the withdrawal process. In a medical detox setting, physicians will help individuals slowly taper off of Xanax in order to prevent these dangerous withdrawal symptoms from occurring. Tapering will allow the body to slowly adjust to smaller amounts of the substance – quitting cold turkey can be life-threatening, and should never be attempted.
The Xanax Detox Experience
In a medical detox setting, there are several viable treatment options for safe and effective Xanax detoxification. As mentioned previously, tapering off of the drug slowly is always a viable option. One of our medical professionals may also prescribe a longer-acting benzodiazepine (Xanax is a fast-acting benzodiazepine), which can help alleviate the more intense physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Inpatient detox is necessary when it comes to benzodiazepine withdrawal. If effectively and professionally treated, symptoms of withdrawal will generally subside within one to two weeks. Of course, the length of the process will vary on a person-to-person basis. Once a patient has been deemed medically stabilized, he or she will be transferred to the next appropriate level of care – in the vast majority of cases, this will be residential/inpatient addiction treatment.