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Xanax Detox

Thinking About Quitting Xanax?

The brand name for alparozam, Xanax is a benzodiazepine depressant that decreases excitement in the brain. But most people don’t know that Xanax is habit forming and can lead to physical dependence, or even addiction.

During detox, Xanax leaves the system triggering many acute symptoms of withdrawal. What can you expect? And what are basic protocols used during Xanax detox?

We explore here. Then, you we invite your concerns and questions about Xanax detox in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all real-life questions with a personal and prompt response.

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Xanax Detox Basics

Detoxification is a process during which a psychoactive drug leaves the body. In cases of Xanax detox, alprazolam leaves the system, and triggers many symptoms of withdrawal. Xanax detoxification is similar to other sedative detox processes, and may require specialized help. Still, bear in mind that the process of detox is only the very first step in addiction treatment.

If you are addicted to Xanax, longer term treatment can help.

Xanax Detox: What Does The Process Include?

Xanax detox is a set of interventions particularly designed to deal with Xanax withdrawal symptoms and intoxication. The purpose of detox procedures is to clear the body of alprazolam and to minimize symptoms of withdrawal. Keep in mind that detox in the first step in treating Xanax dependence and addiction. The whole process of detoxification is managed in special detox clinics where patients are monitored by medical staff.

Xanax detox entails three basic processes:

1. The evaluation process

The first process consists of diagnosis, assessment, and complete observation of patient’s psychological as well as physical state so as so to manage treatment successfully. Also, individuals who use Xanax are required to undergo a verity of urine and blood tests for establishing levels of Xanax tolerance in the body.

2. The stabilization process

The second process entails medical, pharmacological, and psychological therapies for addressing withdrawal symptoms. Often, the process of stabilization includes use of medication like antidepressants.

3. Long-term recovery process

The last process of Xanax detox prepares patients for entry into Xanax addiction treatment. The focus is on the psychological state of the person highlighting the importance of completing standardized treatment.

Safest Xanax Detox

The safest way to detox from Xanax is under medical supervision at a specialized clinic. Xanax withdrawal protocols are specific and should include a tapering schedule. Be sure that the clinic you detox in has experience with benzodiazepine medication withdrawal. Symptoms that occur during Xanax withdrawal can trigger mental thoughts of suicide. Under specialized care, you’ll be monitored with emotional support.

Xanax Detox at Home?

There is a possibility to detox from Xanax at home, but only if you have medical clearance.

NOTE HERE: Cold turkey Xanax detox is not recommended since the body cannot cope with the sudden change of chemicals in the central nervous system. Going cold turkey off Xanax will trigger more intense and severe withdrawal symptoms.

Tapered Xanax Detox


A tapered Xanax detox (gradually lowering down Xanax doses) tends to manifest less severe withdrawal symptoms, and in many cases, it brings positive outcomes. Speaking generally, addiction specialists recommended that tapered detox is the best option to detox Xanax. It doesn’t shock the body, and it lessens the severity of Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Definitely, you’ll need an individualized plan for dose reduction, which is generally decreasing the dose by 20%-25% weekly, but never 50% at a time.

NOTE HERE: Keep in mind that medical monitoring is recommended no matter what kind of detox you go for.

Xanax Detox Symptoms

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramps and pain
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Sweating
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Vomiting

How Long Does It Take To Detox From Xanax?

Xanax withdrawal symptoms may last a couple of months. But, people usually stay for at least 4 weeks in a detox clinic. Still, each withdrawal period is unique by person. In fact, detoxing from Xanax abuse affects each person differently. Factors that determine how long will withdrawal symptoms last are:

  1. The amount and frequency of Xanax dosing.
  2. How long you’ve been taking Xanax.
  3. Your age and gender.
  4. Your overall health condition.

In general, however, if you were taking Xanax as prescribed for appropriate reasons, symptoms of withdrawal will be less intense. For those who abuse Xanax, take higher doses than prescribed, or have taken Xanax for a year or more, withdrawal can be prolonged or more severe.

Furthermore, chronic Xanax users usually experience Post-Acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). These are a set of symptoms unique to benzodiazepine class medications. They occur after a person quits Xanax and can last several weeks and months. Insomnia, depression, anxiety and other mental instabilities are typical Xanax PAWS symptoms.

Psychological effects of addiction and dependence may also still be present long after you are no longer taking Xanax. If this is the case, we encourage you to seek help from mental health specialists.

Xanax Detox Considerations

Before doing anything, ask an advice from an addiction professional. Also, bear in mind that everyone reacts differently on Xanax. So, there is no rigid rules to follow when detox from Xanax. Some general tips that most professionals recommend for Xanax detox include:

TIP 1. Seek help from a medically supervised detox clinic.

When Xanax leaves the body, it triggers many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, detox clinics offer proper care with 24/7 medical supervision.

TIP 2. Only perform Xanax detox at home under medical supervision.

A medical approval is essential for Xanax detox at home. Usually, those who chose to detox at home go with tapered method. Also, it is best to detox from Xanax at home only if the environment is supportive and if you can access a supervising doctor by phone.

TIP 3. Avoid a cold turkey detox.

The abrupt cessation of Xanax is not recommended since there are many huge health risks. In some cases, cold turkey off Xanax is possible, but benefit would have to outweigh risk.

Xanax Detoxification Questions

Still have questions about coming off Xanax? If you still have any concerns, please feel free to ask us in the comments section at the end of the page. We will try to respond to you personally as soon as possible.

Reference sources: NIH: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A research-based guide
SAMHSA: Quick Guide for Clinicians: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
State of Iowa: Talking about prescription drug misuse
NIH: A Physician’s Guide to Discontinuing Benzodiazepine Therapy
NIH: 4 Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances

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