Xanax can produce severe withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Xanax seeking behavior
- Excessive worry
- Feeling agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aches
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Panic, anger, or hate attacks
- Avoiding social situations
- Irrational fears
- Attention deficit & confusion
The more one uses Xanax the more one experiences the aforementioned side effects associated with Xanax withdrawal.
Many treatment professionals consider addiction to prescription and street Xanax to be the most difficult to overcome.
In fact, unsupervised, abrupt withdrawal from Xanax can lead to seizures or toxic psychosis and sometimes death.
Xanax Detox Meds
However historically significant, Xanax detoxification with another benzodiazepine or “benzo” is rarely used today. This is because there are concerns about using a different benzo for Xanax withdrawal:
- All benzos, like Xanax, are addictive drugs that are associated with a life of misery, potential grand mal seizures and death, just like alcohol.
- Using another benzo during Xanax withdrawal sends the addiction-replacement-message that it’s okay to substitute one benzo with another; as silly as detoxing a scotch drinker with gin.
- Non-addictive detox medicines that also prevent seizures, are frequently used in place of addictive ones whenever possible (i.e. pregabalin in place of a non-Xanax benzo).
The Solution to Xanax’s Notoriously Uncomfortable Side Effects during Withdrawal Is:
Pregabalin and its relatives are a better option because they:
- are not addictive;
- end the likelihood of a grand mal seizure;
- decrease craving;
- decrease Xanax seeking behavior;
- decrease worry & increase relief;
- decrease agitation & increase calm;
- decrease restlessness & increase tranquility;
- decrease fatigue & increase ambition;
- improve concentration;
- decrease irritability & increase serenity;
- decrease muscle tension & increase comfort;
- decrease insomnia & increase somnolence;
- decrease panic, anger, or hate attacks & increase acceptance & acts of compassion;
- increase socialization;
- decrease irrational fear & increase sustained endurance;
- & decrease attention deficit & confusion & increase focus and conceptualization.
Medications such as pregabalin and its relatives are used to assist Xanax addiction recovery during aftercare for coexisting or primordial conditions such as:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
Medication-assisted detox and rehabilitation, without recovery-sensitive supportive therapy, is far from the ideal road to recovery.
Medication assistance without a Xanax dependence recovery program is a grave disservice.
Medical detoxification with a concurrent Xanax dependence recovery program is your ticket to sustained-recovery.
After Xanax Withdrawal
Many people, immediately after they have made the tremendous decision to get clean and after they have survived Xanax withdrawal, feel a tremendous sense of relief, excitement, and accomplishment. This feeling can last for weeks, even months. Some people describe their feeling as a drug-like “high” without drugs. You may feel proud of yourself—and with excellent justification. You may feel a tremendous sense of anticipation, of looking forward to life—for the first time in years. While you may want to tell everybody your great news, it may be wiser to postpone wholesale announcements beyond your immediate family.
When you have been abstinent for a short time, many people will be skeptical, and at this stage of your recovery, you don’t need any negative signals from anybody. Even your family (or perhaps especially your family) may be skeptical. You may be annoyed and resentful about this, but you can only remind yourself that they have some good reasons to doubt, and to reassure yourself that you know you mean it and eventually they will be convinced.
The initial surge of overconfidence and complacency may be short-lived as you begin to realize that early abstinence guarantees no long-term miracles; that you have a lot of learning and growing to do; that abstinence—however rewarding—does not protect you from the ordinary knocks and hard times of life.
It is only a phase, a starting place, like early convalescence from illness or surgery.
It may hurt until the stitches come out.
Some recovering addicts may be surprised to find themselves grieving over the loss of a drug, as if a powerfully as if a loved one has passed away.
Unexpectedly, the times when they were high or stoned take on a new, glamorous sheen, the great stories. The memories, however fantastical, make you forget how awful their addiction really was. To someone who is not an addict, grieving for a drug seems strange and incomprehensible.
But for most addicts, the drug had become a “loved one,” more essential than wife, husband, parents, or friends. One of our guests from Royal Life Centers once remarked: “The first time I tried Xanax, I knew I wanted to marry this drug. It was what I had been waiting for my entire life.”
If they’re unexpected, the feelings of grief and longing for the times of their drinking or drug taking may surprise some recovering addicts, and lead them back to their addiction.
Dealing with the illusion of the rehab high, and learning to overcome any misbegotten feelings of grief are just two examples of what we like to call the mental “leftovers” of addiction.
No worries. Your recovery team will help you get through these and other expected bumps on the road to recovery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Our addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because We Care.