In 2011, it was reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that over six million individuals in the United States misused prescription drugs, which includes Xanax. Sadly, this number is continuing to rise and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
What Exactly Is Xanax?
Xanax is most commonly used to treat severe stress, anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It works by increases the GABA activity in the brain, which helps to create a calming effect over the body. In many cases, especially over the first several days of taking the medication, it can cause drowsiness in the user. Once the body becomes accustomed to taking the drug, the awkward drowsiness feeling passes. Over time, users can develop a tolerance and will need to increase the Xanax dosage in order to obtain the same peaceful feeling.
Signs and Symptoms Associated with Misuse of Xanax
Because Xanax weakens the body’s central nervous system, it is recommended that Xanax users be monitored. Side effects can include vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, jaundice, weight loss, dry mouth, speaking difficulty, breathing difficulty, chest pain, confusion, seizures, tremors and suicidal thoughts.
Xanax Medical Detoxification Process
When you discontinue Xanax use cold turkey, it can be very uncomfortable and often quite painful. This is why it is often suggested to attend an inpatient facility when deciding to detox from Xanax. This is because the drug tends to slow and depress the brain. Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, difficulty concentrating, sweating, depression, uncontrollable shaking, problems with vision, noise and light sensitivity and seizures. It isn’t uncommon for users to begin taking Xanax again simply to ease and/or stop the withdrawal symptoms because they’re so terrible.
Research shows that IV detox therapy is one of the safest and most effective ways to detox yoru body from a drug. This is the method that we use here at Shadow Mountain Recovery. We will administer detox medication via IV. We will keep a close eye on you and your withdrawal symptoms. We can then adjust the medication based on the symptoms that you’re experiencing. When necessary, the medication can be altered and have an immediate effect on the symptoms, which ensures your comfort at all times.
Following Xanax Detox Treatment
Once you’re through with detox, you may want to think about enrolling in our program to help get you life back on track after using Xanax. Our program teaches you that drug use is not a disease; it is a choice. You can learn new behaviors and habits that you can use out in the real world that will help you stay on the right path – the one that doesn’t involve drugs.