When you think of really bad withdrawal, it is usually associated with drugs like heroin and crack – often considered the “worst of the worst” addictions. However, the truth is that alcohol and Xanax withdrawal are two of the worst to contend with, for a variety of reasons.
While all detox symptoms can be terrible – ranging from unpleasant to downright torturous with the potential of becoming a medical emergency – alcohol detox and Xanax withdrawal are two that can actually be incredibly dangerous for your health. With Xanax, many people don’t realize how severe it is, because after all if a doctor prescribes it, it must be safe, right? Well, the answer to that is a big, resounding NO – and here’s why.
What You Need to Know About Xanax and Xanax Withdrawal
Xanax is a drug commonly prescribed by doctors for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder. It also helps to alleviate the symptoms of insomnia. It falls under the class of drugs called “Benzodiazepines’, commonly referred to as “Benzos”, which are known as tranquilizers. They enhance the effect of neurotransmitters, resulting in a sedated feeling that reduces anxiety and causes a feeling of calm. They can also be used to prevent seizures and as a muscle relaxer.
Xanax is usually prescribed “as-needed” which means you should only take it when you absolutely need to, and you should never exceed the amount recommended by your doctor. Also, you should never, ever mix Xanax with any other drugs, and especially not alcohol. Mixing Xanax and alcohol completely overload your system because both exaggerate each other’s effect. This can easily result in an overdose because both substances depress the respiratory system which can cause you to fall asleep and stop breathing. When that happens, you can easily slip into a coma and die.
When you take Xanax regularly, you need to practice extreme caution when coming off of it, even if you only took the recommended amount from your doctor. If you were abusing Xanax, it is essential to seek medical help for Xanax withdrawal, because it will be a shock to your system and can cause a medical emergency.
See, what happens is that Xanax subdued your neurotransmitters for so long, that when it is taken away cold-turkey, everything starts firing rapidly and you can get overloaded. Xanax withdrawal can cause hallucinations, extreme anxiety and delusion, agitation, sleeplessness, seizures, and even a condition known as Delirium Tremens, which can also be brought on by alcohol. In a medically supervised setting, doctors can give you medication to help control symptoms, and they will also monitor you around the clock by checking on your vital signs and make sure that your body is functioning properly. Also, they will give you medication to ease the unpleasant symptoms of Xanax withdrawal. Because even if they aren’t a medical emergency, going through detox is very unpleasant.
If you are taking Xanax as prescribed by your doctor, be sure to let them know that you are planning on stopping Xanax so that they can guide you through it safely by helping you taper off instead of quitting cold turkey. If you have been taking Xanax in excess of what your doctor prescribed or getting it from a friend or a drug dealer, it is essential to seek professional treatment for detox and rehab. It is extremely easy to get addicted to Xanax because of the pleasant feeling of calm it produces like everything is well in the world. It takes a lot of work to get – and stay – off of it, so professional help is necessary.
It is important for you to be aware of how Xanax withdrawal can affect your mind and body. Always consult a professional when removing Xanax from your routine whether it was used medically or recreationally. Doing it the right way can save you from having unpleasant detox symptoms, from relapsing, or from having a medical emergency.