Xanax, also known in its generic form as alprazolam, falls under the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is typically used in the medical field as a medication prescribed to help treat individuals with an anxiety or panic disorder. It is also known to be prescribed to help relieve tension and stress, relax muscles and as a sleep aid. Though, when used as prescribed, Xanax is a legal drug in America, it is also highly addictive. Due to the fact that it is a regulated substance, some of the risks that are associated with illicit substances found in the United States are removed. For example, the potency of the Xanax, unlike that of cocaine which can be mixed with flour or baking soda, is not unknown. It has been noted that a psychological dependency can occur in individuals who use Xanax appropriately as well as in those who use it as an illicit substance.

The way that Xanax works is by acting as a natural sedative in one’s brain. It slows down functioning and mutes one’s ability to experience stress. As an individual abuses Xanax, his or her brain will adjust its production level of the natural chemical, GABA, that is supposed to elicit the same relaxation response. This in turn, will create a Xanax dependency, due to the fact that one’s body will be unable to produce an adequate amount of the GABA chemical. The slowing down of one’s functioning also will adjust the synaptic connections and pathways in one’s brain. The shifting of these connections and pathways can create a number of short and long term consequences for a person.


The process of removing an abused substance from one’s body is known as detox. This is essential in an individual’s recovery process from substance abuse or addiction. There are several ways in which a person can go through the detox phase of his or her treatment. Some people will be able to quit cold turkey, and some will need to be tapered from the substance or substances. Some individuals will be successful going through detox alone, and some will require additional support. Medically supervised detox is another option for individual in need of a detox program. The type of detox that will be most effective will depend on the type of abused substance along with several other factors.

Individuals who abuse or addicted to Xanax are advised to undergo a medically supervised detox. The withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepine abuse can be severe for an individual. Quitting cold turkey and without the support of a medical professional can elicit a dangerous reaction. For individuals who have been abusing Xanax for an extended period of time, it is best to rid oneself from the substance by tapering the drug out of one’s system, with the support and care of a medical professional. The twenty-four-hour care that is available during a medically supervised detox will enable them to help the individual with some of the discomforts that are inevitable in the detox process. The piece of mind, knowing that should anything go medically awry, someone is right there to mitigate the situation can be comforting.

Withdrawal Symptoms

There are many possible withdrawal symptoms that an individual who abuses or is addicted to Xanax may experience. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will depend on several factors: the duration of one’s Xanax use, the dosage used, if an individual also uses other drugs or alcohol, one’s personal health history, and the method of use. The possible withdrawal symptoms a person may experience from detoxing from Xanax can include any combination of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Tremors
  • Severe sweating
  • Panic

Every person is different and will respond to detoxing from any type of abused substance differently. The duration of one’s withdrawal symptoms can be experienced beginning only hours after an individual’s last dose and typically last between one and four days, and in some cases, longer.

Further Information

Substance abuse and addiction can lead to dangerous consequences, and in some cases, death, if left untreated. If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, please get help as soon as possible. There is no reason to go through this alone. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for further information or with any questions regarding substance abuse or addiction.



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