Often times when thinking about the prescription drug epidemic, people think about prescription opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin and other pain medications. In reality, more and more people are developing addictions to benzodiazepines, and Xanax is one of the most popular ones. Xanax is prescribed to people to help manage symptoms of anxiety, but it can become highly addictive. When people want to get clean, they sometimes try to quit on their own, and this can be dangerous without the help of a qualified detox.
The majority of people who develop a Xanax addiction began taking the medication with good intentions. Xanax and other benzodiazepines are often prescribed for people with severe anxiety because the medications act quickly by calming down the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for anxiety. There are many non-narcotic medications that can help with anxiety, but doctors often turn to Xanax because the effects are immediate.
The problem is that as with any substance when you continue to take it, you begin to develop a tolerance and dependence. Over time, you begin to have a new baseline, so the original dosage of Xanax doesn’t calm your anxiety as it did before, so you need to take more. As you continue to take Xanax, your body begins to need it just to feel normal. Another issue is that you actually begin to get more anxious if you don’t take more of the medication, so it can become an endless cycle.
There are also those who develop an addiction to Xanax because they were abusing the medication purely to get high. This is becoming a bigger problem with young people as they have been turning to prescription medications more. This is especially dangerous because there have been many instances of people dying from Xanax that’s laced with Fentanyl. The medication can also be lethal when it’s combined with other substances like alcohol.
If you have a problem with Xanax, you may have already experienced the symptoms of withdrawal when you run out of the medication. Since your brain and body are accustomed to this medication is in your system at all times, it doesn’t know what to do when it’s absent. This can lead to a variety of physical as well as psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax include the following:
Aches and pains
There are many more symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax, and some can actually be fatal when you don’t go to a detox facility. Because of the way Xanax affects the brain, you’re at risk of having seizures when you come off the medication. Without medical assistance, this can be lethal. Although you may want to prove to yourself that you can quit this substance, you should never do it alone.
Enlightened Solutions Detox has a medically trained staff that’s here to help you if you’re ready to quit Xanax. We provide medical as well as holistic ways to safely come off drugs or alcohol and pride ourselves in being there for you every step of the way to make sure that you’re safe and comfortable throughout the detoxification process. Our goal is to help you get off of whatever substance addiction you are suffering from and begin learning a new way of life that’s free from substances.
Give us a call today at 833-233-7336 to find out more about how we can help.
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