Xanax Detox in Cincinnati
Safely Detox from Xanax at Our Ohio Facility
If you or a loved one are addicted to Xanax and ready to call it quits, you may feel tempted to detox on your own. However, stopping Xanax abruptly after a period of addiction can lead to health complications that can be harmful to your well-being. Withdrawing from Xanax in a controlled and safe environment can give you the advantage you need to begin your recovery.
At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, our Cincinnati-based team offers a variety of services to help you overcome your addiction, including Xanax detox. We create unique detox plans for each individual to ensure your needs are being addressed and that you remain as comfortable and safe as possible throughout the process. Withdrawal is never an easy experience, but with our help, you can feel safe knowing you’re being supported by a staff that puts your health first.
What is Xanax?
Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is one of the most well-known types of benzodiazepines because of how often it’s prescribed by doctors to treat issues like anxiety, panic disorders, and insomnia. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States and acts on the brain and central nervous system to slow down the nerve cell activity in the brain. Also known as a sedative, Xanax produces calm and relaxed feelings that can help people sleep better and overcome panic attacks.
Xanax is typically administered in its pill form and kicks in around one to two hours, remaining in the system for around 12 to 15 hours. A person with an addiction may take up to 20 to 30 pills a day to feel an intense high, or they may crush the pills and snort it. Xanax is also commonly abused in combination with alcohol or other drugs like heroin. Because of its widespread availability, Xanax abuse is fairly common—there were more than 124,000 emergency room visits due to recreational abuse of Xanax in 2010 alone.
Common Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Once a person has become addicted to Xanax, their life may slowly fall apart as they neglect their responsibilities and relationships to seek out and use more of the drug. In addition to consequences like expulsion from school, being fired from one’s job, and losing relationships, Xanax addiction also involves unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
When the brain becomes used to Xanax and then the drug is suddenly withheld, the user can experience physical symptoms that range in severity, from headaches to seizures.
Some symptoms commonly associated with Xanax withdrawal include:
- Loss of appetite
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle pain
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Attempting to detox by yourself can be dangerous because serious symptoms like seizures can cause permanent brain damage and may lead to death if left untreated. Additionally, intense cravings experienced during withdrawal may cause the individual to take too much Xanax and lead to an overdose. Common Xanax overdose symptoms include difficulty breathing, fainting, confusion, slowed heart rate, and coma.
How Long Does Xanax Detox Take?
Xanax withdrawal can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. In some cases, Xanax-addicted persons can experience withdrawal symptoms years after their last dose.
While everyone's experience with Xanax withdrawal will be different, many may experience the following timeline:
- Stage 1: Symptoms may begin within 6 to 12 hours after the last dose, beginning with anxiety, headache, and difficulty sleeping.
- Stage 2: One to four days after the last dose, anxiety and insomnia may become more intense along with flu-like symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Individuals who began using Xanax for anxiety may experience a rebound of their symptoms during this time. Seizure risk is typically highest during this stage.
- Stage 3: Symptoms typically peak within five to fourteen days after the last dose, after which they will begin to lessen. While anxiety and insomnia may still be present, body and headaches typically decrease. Seizure risk also tends to decrease at this stage.
- Stage 4: Normal function typically returns two weeks to several months after the last dose. Many people report lingering gastrointestinal or mood symptoms for weeks or months, though your addiction support professional will adjust your treatment plan help to mitigate these symptoms.
Once the physical aspect of detox is completed, the next step is typically to participate in a traditional Xanax rehab program to address the mental and behavioral aspects of addiction.
How Our Xanax Detox Program Can Help
Detox can help you safely withdraw from Xanax and in a professional setting, it can also minimize the effects of your withdrawal symptoms. One of the dangers of Xanax withdrawal is that some of the symptoms are the very ones that people hope to eliminate when they use the drug in the first place, like panic attacks, insomnia, and seizures. By detoxing at a professional medical facility like ours, you can reduce your risk for these complications and be monitored by a team that understands your health background and needs.
When you call us, you can expect to be treated with respect and without judgment as we create an individualized detox plan for you. Once you’ve detoxed safely, we can then recommend further treatment and ensure a smooth transition into addiction recovery.
Call our Cincinnati team today for Xanax detox treatment at (513) 780-5201. We take a holistic, individualized approach to drug addiction recovery.