The addiction recovery process can be very tough for people and should not be taken lightly. Experts agree that it takes a committed individual to successfully break a prescription drug addiction even with the help of trained professionals. This is true on many fronts when it comes to Xanax detox. How hard the detox process is going to be is gauged somewhat on the severity of withdrawal symptoms from a particular substance and is one of the reasons why Xanax detox can be so hard. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be extremely tough on a person’s body and mind, and rehab and detox specialists advise that it should never be done “cold turkey”, as much as someone and their loved ones might want them off the drug as soon as possible.
Detox from Xanax can be accomplished if a full service drug rehabilitation center that has its own hospital-like medical detox unit. People detoxing from Xanax will be carefully weaned off the drug in order to prevent the risk experiencing panic attacks, which can quickly cause them to relapse. This is one of the keys of medical detox; the ability of the trained professionals to monitor exactly how a patient is reacting to having less of the drug in their systems than they have become accustomed to normally. In some medical detoxification centers, the medical staff administers non-addictive medications that help patients with the symptoms they are experiencing. This process can also be closely monitored in a medical detox setting.
Relapses during the very beginning of a person’s recovery can be extremely dangerous because the cravings can be severe. This can cause a person to binge on their drug of choice which can lead to an overdose. Going through Xanax detox while medically supervised can mitigate the possibility of a relapse in several ways. First of all, a person is in a place where they do not have ready access to the substance they are addicted to or abuse. Second, they are no longer in the setting or surroundings where they typically take drugs, whether that’s at home or at another location like a bar or club. Third, they are not around the people who they usually did drugs with, even if there was no peer pressure involved and these people never encouraged them to do drugs.
Xanax is considered the most potent of the Benzodiazepine group of drugs, which also includes Ativan and other popular relaxers like Valium. Patients who are prescribed the medication can become dependent even when using the drug as directed and should be monitored closely by their physician for any changes in how the drug is affecting them over time. In corollary, patients should be sure to report any difference in how they feel when taking the drug and how quickly they feel like they need another dose. This is particularly important with Xanax because of the short half-life of the drug, or simply how quickly in enters and exits the body. Doctors have noted that because of this aspect of the medication, it where’s off more quickly than other drugs in the same class and makes people more prone to self-medicating and increasing the dose themselves.
Anyone who has become addicted to Xanax through legitimate use or otherwise, should seek help from a drug rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. It is absolutely not true that a person needs to hit rock bottom before they will benefit from a drug treatment program. Anyone who is committed to successfully living drug-free can begin recovery and regain control of their life. Drug treatment professionals are always ready to provide information on all of the treatment options available.
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