The most common and often unavoidable side effect of Xanax is Xanax addiction.
There are many other Xanax side effects.
As with other drugs, the side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) are often most associated with Xanax withdrawal, and vary from individual to individual. The longer someone abuses Xanax, the worse the side effects associated with Xanax withdrawal. Xanax addiction traditionally take years to develop. Innocently, or not so innocently, starting at 0.25 mg as needed at bedtime to 10 mg daily in a year or two.
It is incredible that the DEA permits this reckless Xanax prescribing practice to legally continue.
Unlike cocaine or nicotine addiction (which may take only a few months to develop), the person may pop Xanax daily for a year or two before becoming a Xanax addict. After a while, Xanax—and the addiction—has been woven deeply into the fabric of the person’s life. And like other prescription sedatives that mimic the effects of alcohol, Xanax in one way or another has also probably been associated with a wider variety of activities: weddings, family dinners, birthday parties, football games, holidays—celebrations of all kinds—have become associated with Xanax, in addition to all the nasty times.
It is not an easy pattern to break.
The relatively lengthier time period and ingrained associations of Xanax increase the difficulty of side effects associated with withdrawal, and no one with a severe Xanax problem should try to quit on their own.
Medical Detox for Xanax
Hospital or inpatient rehabilitation detoxification provides the needed medical attention, including fluids, vitamins, rest, sedation to ease the symptoms, and sometimes other medications to control the potential toxic side effects of withdrawal, and grand mal seizures on day twenty-one of Xanax absence in the absence of detox medication.
This underscores the need for residential rehabilitation detoxification in order to avoid having a potentially fatal grand mal seizure on day twenty-one of Xanax detoxification.
This is another vital reason why Xanax detoxification is not for do-it-yourselfers.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine (“benzo”). Benzodiazepine, and alcohol, withdrawal and detoxification are the two most potentially lethal withdrawals of all drugs including oxycodone, fentanyl and carfentanil.
In other words, Xanax addiction is more potentially lethal than oxycodone, fentanyl and carfentanil, when it comes to detoxing outside of a quality residential facility.
If that is not enough, the side effects associated with Xanax withdrawal make Xanax addiction the most difficult of all benzo addictions to kick.
Xanax detoxification is started when the signs and symptoms of Xanax withdrawal begin to peak, usually within hours of the last Xanax or “Xanny.”
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Although grand mal seizure is the most dangerous potential side effect of Xanax withdrawal, the most usual and customary Xanax withdrawal related side effects are the same as nicotine withdrawal, opioid withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal, and anxiety disorders:
- Excessive worry
- Feeling agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tense muscles
- 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.
However historically significant, Xanax detoxification with another 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 long life of dependence, potential grand mal seizures and death, just like alcohol.
- Using another benzo during Valium withdrawal sends the addiction-replacement-message that it’s okay to substitute one benzo with another; as silly as detoxing a wino with beer.
- 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 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 ride sustained-recovery, as long as you leave the initial driving to the professionals.
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