Most individuals who begin their taper from Xanax will feel anxious or jumpy along with other symptoms. Because it is prescribed for anxiety-related conditions, stopping the drug will increase and intensify the initial symptoms one was prescribed Xanax for. The brain will need time to rebalance itself after detox.
Psychologically, the effects of detox can be exhausting and frightening. Those going through the withdrawal process may experience anything from a lack of control over emotion and nightmares to depression and suicidal thoughts. Counseling and therapy are crucial tools during this time to ensure the emotional responses are treated. Detox facilities are tremendously important to help former users receive medical and psychological treatment and prevent future relapses.
The most important step while quitting Xanax is to taper one’s use of the drug. Tapering is a decreasing dose and can prevent seizures, delirium, heart attacks, and even death, all risks of stopping “cold turkey.”
A medically-supervised tapering-off of the drug, along with therapy, has proven to be beneficial to those affected by Xanax abuse as one addresses both the physical and mental aspects of detox from Xanax. Some physicians will also have patients take diazepam (another benzo) to stabilize withdrawal symptoms while quitting Xanax entirely.
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