What is Xanax?
The abuse of prescription sedatives, such as Xanax, is a rapidly growing concern all across the country. Addiction to prescription sedatives has almost tripled in the last decade, mainly due to the mistaken belief that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs. In reality, abusing Xanax and other prescription sedatives are every bit as dangerous and habit forming as using illegal street drugs.
Xanax is a commonly prescribed sedative of the benzodiazepine family of drugs. It is normally used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and insomnia. When used under a doctor’s supervision and at the proper dosage, Xanax is an effective medication that offers relief to anxiety sufferers, allowing them to function at a normal level. When taken at high doses, however, Xanax produces a tipsy high, much like the effect of alcohol, making it a popular recreational drug, especially among teenagers.
What are Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms?
Xanax is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from. Withdrawal symptoms are severe, long lasting, and can even be life-threatening. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Depression and/or agitation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Fear, paranoia, and/or hallucinations
- Elevated blood pressure
- Muscle spasms
- Hot and cold flashes
- Convulsions and/or seizures
Xanax should never be stopped cold turkey, as this carries a risk of seizures, convulsions, and coma. Addicts should be weaned off Xanax gradually or undergo a medically supervised detox program.
Using Suboxone for Xanax Withdrawal?
Suboxone is a prescription narcotic that is most commonly used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiate-based drugs. Suboxone is not used to treat addiction to benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, due to the risk of severe respiratory distress and death. Medical detoxification centers can offer other medications, such as a combination of Tegretol and Klonopin, that can prevent or lessen the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal.
Finding Xanax Detox Rehab
Xanax addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to quit, due to intense cravings and severe withdrawal symptoms. It is highly recommended that Xanax addicts utilize an inpatient detox and rehab program. To find a Xanax rehabilitation center near you, talk to us at (866) 531-4569.