Author: Justin Mckibben
Xanax causes a decrease in anxiety through an increase in GABA (a neurotransmitter) in the brain. This increase in GABA calms and soothes an excited mind, and can be very helpful to some who suffer from forms of severe anxiety. However, over time, the brain responds to this increased GABA activity by lowering the amount of available GABA.
At the point where the brains GABA activity changes drastically, the patient will need to take larger doses of Xanax to feel the same effects.
Because the medication creates a euphoric feeling, especially when used in excess, the drug is classified as a schedule 4 medication, which is any drug with some probability for abuse. Xanax when used for too long, or when used in excess, can create a physical and psychological dependence. This dependence can develop into a serious addiction that includes some very serious withdrawal symptoms, making Xanax addiction detox very important.
Xanax Detox: Withdrawal Symptoms
Xanax works very fast and has a relatively short half-life, which causes withdrawal symptoms to begin very rapidly once the individual discontinues their use, which is why a Xanax addiction detox program is so important. Most people will start to feel withdrawal symptoms within 12 hours once they stop using Xanax, and those symptoms will peak within 3-4 days. Residual and long-term symptoms of withdrawal can even last for up to months at a time.
Going through a medical Xanax addiction detox program is so important because of the severity of some of these symptoms, especially in combination with other substances such as alcohol which will increase the discomfort. The most common withdrawal symptoms from Xanax include:
Xanax Detox: Medical Assistance
It is possible to detox safely off of Xanax quickly while under medical supervision, which is why anyone trying to overcome Xanax addiction should attend a medical Xanax addiction detox program. Even with the prescription of symptom controlling medications, a quick detox is very tough and uncomfortable, so a drastic detox should never be attempted without medical supervision.
The most dangerous and destructive of these side effects is convulsion. Some of these convulsions can actually be life threatening. While the more common side effects are typically psychological, and are very unpleasant. Going through a medical Xanax addiction detox will allow the individual a safer detox period while monitoring the intensity of symptoms and treating them accordingly.
Problematically, many people take Xanax to manage symptoms of a metal health disorder, and when they are experiencing withdrawal from Xanax, these mental health symptoms are increased dramatically, which can also create problems for a Xanax addiction detox patient. Going through a Xanax detox at a drug treatment facility will also support the individual in this way as well.
Xanax Detox: Treatment Programs
Many Xanax addiction detox programs through drug and alcohol treatment centers consistently provide the highest level of professional patient care. The industry is full of staff with extensive experience with related fields of therapy and holistic care, and with the health insurance industry.
In order to create the most influential and positive changes necessary for Xanax addiction detox the centers actively offer personalized detox and aftercare programs. It is very important to give patients a variety of treatment methods and supports to choose from.
With different attributes such as strong medical staff to assist in a comfortable transition from active substance abuse, to several levels of personal and professional therapy, and a specialized team dedicated to designing an aftercare program that meets the specific and important elements of a long-term recovery plan. The Palm Partners Xanax addiction detox program is here to provide the highest level of drug and alcohol treatment and holistic healing for those who are struggling. Xanax addiction detox may not be the most pleasant, but with the right Xanax addiction detox treatment program, it can be a healthy and life changing transformation.
For a substance like Xanax that creates such a dangerous physical dependence, it is critical that someone trying to escape Xanax addiction to attend a medical treatment program for Xanax addiction detox. Detoxing does not have to be what stands between someone who is suffering and a full recovery from this paralyzing and fatal disease. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.
Drug withdrawal symptoms are what many addicts and alcoholics fear most. They feel like your body is screaming at you to get it what it needs, which is the substance! And in a way, that is exactly what your body is doing. Drug withdrawal symptoms occur because your brain works a lot like a kind of spring when it comes to addiction. Drug and alcohol are brain depressants that push down the spring and suppress the production of neurotransmitters like noradrenaline.
When you stop using drugs and alcohol, all the weight comes off the spring, and your brain rebounds by producing a surge of adrenaline that can cause drug withdrawal symptoms. Not only that, but your brain used to produce “feel good” chemicals on its own but since you have been giving it synthetic feel good chemicals it has become lazy and doesn’t make them anymore. So when you stop giving it synthetic feel good chemicals, it takes a minute for your brain to wake up and start making them again, and it isn’t very happy to do so initially.
Drug Withdrawal Symptoms are not created equal
Every drug is different. Some drugs produce severe physical drug withdrawal symptoms and severe emotional drug withdrawal symptoms. These drugs are the usually the most feared by addicts to stop. They are alcohol, opiates and tranquilizers such as valium and Xanax. Other drugs that produce less severe physical withdrawal symptoms, but still have an emotional withdrawal are cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy. Every person’s experience with drug withdrawal symptoms is a little different. For instance, you may experience little physical drug withdrawal compared to the person with you in drug detox. This is because drug withdrawal symptoms are dependent on how much, how long and the individual person.
What are the emotional drug withdrawal symptoms?
- Poor concentration
- Social isolation
What are the physical withdrawal symptoms?
- Racing heart
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Some drug withdrawal symptoms are dangerous and could potentially be fatal. These drug withdrawal symptoms are usually associated with the use of alcohol and tranquilizers. Suddenly stopping alcohol or benzodiazepines can lead to seizures, strokes, and heart attacks in high risk patients. A medically supervised detox is highly recommended for anyone who is addicted to alcohol or benzos because a medically supervised drug detox can reduce the risk and dangers of the drug withdrawal. Some of the dangerous drug withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and benzos are:
- Grand mal seizures
- Heart attacks
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
But what about opiates?
Drug withdrawal symptoms from opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, and morphine are extremely uncomfortable, no doubt, but they aren’t fatally dangerous unless they are mixed with other drugs. Heroin withdrawal on its own, by itself, does not produce seizures, heart attacks, strokes or delirium tremens. A medical drug detox is not a necessity for opiate withdrawal but it is still highly recommended. A medical drug detox can help ease almost all of the discomfort due to the drug withdrawal symptoms. If you are in need of a medical detox, Palm Partners Treatment Center can help. Contact us today at 800-951-6135.
Today’s showdown is between two “downers”: benzodiazepines and barbiturates. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are the most commonly abused prescriptions in the tranquilizer and sedative drug class. These medications, often referred to as Central Nervous System or CNS depressants, are generally used to treat disorders related to sleep and anxiety. Barbiturates and benzodiazepines decrease brain activity causing the person to feel more calm, drowsy, and/or peaceful.
Just like our other substance showdowns, benzodiazepines and barbiturates will go head to head in three rounds based on: health effects, insidiousness and legality as well as withdrawal. The worst of each round will be the winner. The substance with the most rounds won will be the overall winner and declared the more dangerous of the two. LET THE SUBSTANC SHOWDOWN BEGIN!
ROUND 1 Health Effects
•Chlordizapoxide HCI (Librium)
Side effects of benzodiazepine may include:
- Impaired coordination
- Vision problems
- Feelings of depression
Benzodiazepines are also physically addictive. The withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines include trouble sleeping, feelings of depression and sweating. If someone has become dependent on a benzodiazepine it is crucial that they do not suddenly stop therapy cold turkey. Stopping cold turkey can result in life threatening seizures, tremors, and muscle cramps. Therefore, it is important to taper off benzodiazepines very slowly with professional help.
- Bleeding sores on lips
- Chest pain
- Muscle or joint pain
- Red, thickened, or scaly skin
- Skin rash or hives
- Sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth (painful)
- Sore throat and/or fever
- Swelling of eyelids, face, or lips
- Wheezing or tightness in chest
- Mental depression
- Unusual excitement
- Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
With long-term or chronic use
- Bone pain, tenderness, or aching
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Weight loss
- Yellow eyes or skin
WINNER OF ROUND 1 IS BARBITURATES
ROUND 2 LEGALITY AND INSIDIOUSNESS
Benzodiazepines are controlled in schedule IV of the Controlled Substance Act. Benzodiazepines are only legally available through prescription. Many abusers maintain their drug supply by getting prescriptions from several doctors, forging prescriptions, or buying them illicitly. Alprazolam and diazepam are the two most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. Benzodiazepines are very insidious due to the fact that are simply a prescription drugs and in the present day as well as in the past have been frequently prescribed to anyone with even slight anxiety. Most people who get prescriptions to benzodiazepines have no idea that the addictive potential of these drugs and just like with prescription painkillers; after a period of time will not be able to stop taking the drugs without getting very sick. In fact, benzodiazepines are so dangerously addictive that trying to suddenly stop taking the drugs after becoming physically addicted, could be fatal. This makes benzodiazepines very insidious and their legality and prescription from a doctor just make them doubly so.
Barbiturates are Schedule II, III, and IV under the Controlled Substances Act. Barbiturates are a prescription-only medicine and a class B controlled drug (Schedules 2 and 3). This indicates that it is illegal to possess the drug without a prescription or to supply it to others. Injectable barbiturates are class A drugs. For possession of barbiturates injections the maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine. For dealing in these injectable barbiturates there may be life sentence and/or unlimited fine. For possession of barbiturates capsules the maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine. For dealing in these capsule barbiturates there may be 14 years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine. Barbiturates are rarely prescribed these days and are used more for general anesthesia before surgery etc. Benzodiazepines have replaced barbiturates as the more commonly prescribed sedative. Barbiturates are just as highly addictive as benzodiazepines but are not as commonly prescribed which only makes them slightly insidious. Most people will be prescribed a benzodiazepine before a barbiturate if they are prescribed a barbiturate at all. Barbiturates are still insidious for those who do get prescribed to them for the same reasons benzodiazepines are.
THE WINNER OF ROUND 2 IS BENZODIAZEPINE
ROUND 3 WITHDRAWAL
Benzodiazepine withdrawal emerges when a person who has taken benzodiazepines has developed a physical dependence lowers their dose or stop taking the medication all together. It is characterized by often severe sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, sweating, difficulty in concentration, confusion and cognitive difficulty, memory problems, dry retching and nausea, weight loss, palpitations, headache, muscular pain and stiffness, a host of perceptual changes, hallucinations, seizures, psychosis, and suicide.
Someone who is addicted to barbiturates will begin to feel acute withdrawal symptoms within 8-16 hours after the last dose. Symptoms can be present for as long as 15 days and are most severe at the beginning of withdrawal. Barbiturates withdrawal symptoms can include restlessness, insomnia, weakness, dizziness, nausea, sweating and anxiety. There may be tremors, seizures, hallucinations and psychosis. Users may become hostile and violent. Without proper treatment, hyperthermia, circulatory failure, and death can result.
ROUND 3 IS A DRAW Both benzodiazepines and barbiturates have a dangerous and painful withdrawal.
AND THE WINNER OF THE SUBSTANCE SHOWDOWN: benzodiazepines vs. barbiturates is. . . BENZODIAZEPINES. Due to benzodiazepines insidiousness it is our winner. Not only our benzodiazepines insidious because of their legality but also because they can be found in many American’s medicines cabinets and are used frequently by teens as well as adults. Benzodiazepines are highly dangerous and highly addictive. This makes benzodiazepines the winner of this fight.