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Detoxing from the benzodiazepine (benzo) Xanax (alprazolam) is known to have risks that are not as common with other benzos. Acute Xanax withdrawal can result in seizures. Because of the severity of risks associated with Xanax, detox is recommended for those who have a substance use disorder with Xanax. It’s further recommended that those with Xanax addiction undergo medically-assisted detox under the care of trained medical professionals.

The experts at Knoxville Recovery Center understand the risks associated with Xanax and related detox concerns. This is why we recommend clients detox in the safety and security of our detox clinic under the care of a trained medical team. Our treatment facility prides itself on providing expert personalized care so you know you’re in good hands. Reach out to us today and speak with a specialist about the benefits of our detox clinic. 

5 Things to Know Before Detoxing From Xanax

1. Risks of Going “Cold Turkey” 

We want to emphasize the risks of going “cold turkey” on a drug like Xanax. Xanax in particular is known to have the potential for causing adverse reactions if someone ceases use abruptly. Rapidly reducing the use of Xanax or ceasing use can result in:

  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Death  

2. Symptoms to Expect

There are many common symptoms associated with withdrawal from benzos and these are often intensified with stronger and more addictive benzos like Xanax. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory issues
  • Confusion
  • Irritability 
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep issues
  • Racing heart
  • Shakiness or tremors 

If symptoms are severe it’s important to seek medication attention immediately. Because Xanax can have a particularly unpleasant withdrawal, it is recommended to undergo this process in the safety and security of a medically-supervised detox. Medical detox at a treatment facility like Knoxville Recovery Center allows for the relief of knowing that emergency care services are available 24/7 in case of severe physical, psychological, emotional, or other unpleasant and disconcerting symptoms occur during the withdrawal process. 

3. Slow-taper Detox Method 

If you have developed a dependency or addiction to Xanax (alprazolam) then it may be recommended you transition to a benzodiazepine with a longer half-life like Klonopin (clonazepam). Klonopin stays in the body much longer than Xanax and has a less noticeable withdrawal and has less risk of serious side effects if you change or miss a dose. A slow taper from Xanax is always going to be a safer and preferable method than quitting “cold turkey”. Suddenly ceasing the use of Xanax can result in serious side effects including seizures, stroke, heart attack, or death.  

4. Mixing Substances is Risky

Other substances like alcohol and marijuana can be risky when mixed with benzos. Among the most serious concerns is a comorbid addiction to opiates and benzos. It’s important to be aware of the dangers associated with combining any substances with the potential for abuse or addiction. Medical practitioners who design detox and treatment plans need to be aware of all the substances a person has been using and keep this in mind when determining the safest and most practical treatment options. 

5. Plan for What Comes Next

You don’t want a ton of unexpected surprises in the aftermath of detox. It’s better to know beforehand what you’re undertaking and what is likely to come next. Clients need to be committed to staying clean. That’s why, at Knoxville Recovery Center, our mental health counselors work with clients to develop skills that are useful for fighting off temptations to turn to drugs like Xanax as forms of self-medicating. 

Therapy helps our clients get to the root causes for why they developed an addiction in the first place. We work with clients to determine triggers and develop coping skills that can be applied to real-world situations to avoid falling into negative thought patterns and returning to problematic behaviors. Group therapy and family therapy can be useful tools to help clients develop a safety net to turn time in times of need while they continue their path to sobriety. 

Finding positive activities to fill what would otherwise be idle time is an important part of developing a healthy lifestyle in sober living. Hobbies can add meaning to your everyday life. After detox, our clients have found joy in a wide variety of activities including:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Biking 
  • Gardening

It’s always wise to have a plan in advance of making serious life changes. At Knoxville Recovery Center, we encourage you to start thinking about what your life has the potential to look like after detox. This could be the encouragement you need to start you on the path to recovery. 

Reach Out to Knoxville Recovery Center to Begin Xanax Detox Today 

Recovery is just a phone call away. At Knoxville Recovery Center, we know it’s difficult to take that first step in kicking a bad habit. Taking safe precautionary measures helps ensure you can detox under the caring medical doctors and mental health counselors. Our practitioners are highly trained and always put your health and safety first. If you’re struggling with Xanax addiction, we encourage you to reach out to us today and speak with a specialist who can tell you more about what to expect during Xanax detox. 

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