Xanex is a prescribed medication used for treating anxiety disorders. Being one of the most prescribed medications in the United States, many Americans are developing an unhealthy dependence to the drug. Withdrawal from Xanax can produce symptoms such as heart palpitations, harsh dizzy spells, excessive sweating, and sleep deprivation or bad dreams. More extreme symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax include panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts, seizures and tingling sensations in hands and feet. When trying to stop the use of a drug your body has become dependent on to function is can be dangerous, but treatment centers can provide comfort and care from addiction specialists to ensure safe withdrawal from Xanax. Treatment medicines can also be prescribed by rehabilitation staff to ease the symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax and wean the patient from use. If you have tried to stop using Xanax and been unsuccessful it may be due to harsh symptoms of withdrawal. Seeking treatment from Drug Treatment Centers Richmond allows individuals to manage their disorder and treat their dependence.
Xanax falls in the category of Benzodiazepines which are considered depressants. Xanax targets the part of the brain responsible for calming and relaxing the body. Xanax is prescribed for short-term use because of its high risk of dependence. When humans become over anxious or panicked the brain releases chemicals to relax the body but some individuals lack that response and therefore are prescribed medicines such as Xanax to encourage calmness. Xanax dependence is a condition that occurs when a physical dependence manifests after weeks or months of use. The body begins to need the substance in order to function because when people begin taking Xanax it shuts down the natural system responsible for relaxing the body. There is then limited ability for someone to feel calm on their own without the use of Xanax. Symptoms of withdrawal occur because the body can no longer calm its self down and the individual exhibits restlessness, and severe anxiety. Symptoms differ from each individual depending on their body and whether they were prescribed the medication for a real disorder or abusing the medication without a prescription.
Xanax or its equal Ativan can produce a number of negative effects when abused. Depending on how long a person has been using the drug and the abused dosage normally consumed the addict can experience minor side effects like memory complications to Tachycardia (abnormally fast heartbeat) which can lead to stroke or even cardiac arrest.
Withdrawal from Xanax has two separate phases. The acute phase can last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. Following that could be Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome which can last up to two years. Post Acute Withdrawal is mild and includes slight increases in sleep difficulty and anxious behavior. Short term withdrawal is the most dangerous and difficult stage because the body learning to function again on its own. Those detoxing can experience vomiting, chills, sweats, and even seizures. Because of the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms it is always best to seek a treatment center such as Drug Treatment Centers Richmond for help during detox.
Detox involves removing the substance from the body completely and breaking the physical dependence. Medical Detox is the safe way of doing this and often addiction specialists will wean off the drug by slowly lowering their dosage. In some instances the patient will be cut off from all dosages of Xanax and given Flumazenil which is a form of Benzodiazepines but in monitored low doses it helps flush the Xanax from the patient’s body and slowly weans them from their dependence. This method also minimizes the symptoms of withdrawal and provides comfort to the patient.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Xanax or abusing the substance Drug Treatment Centers Richmond can help. Call today for more information on withdrawal from Xanax and Medical Detox. Call Drug Treatment Centers Richmond today at (804) 893-5099.
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