In order to get through Xanax withdrawal there are certain things that you should definitely consider. First of all you need to realize that detoxifying from substances such as Xanax or alcohol pose a serious risk to your health. In fact, stopping these drugs suddenly with no medical supervision can even result in death in extreme cases.
In order to fully understand how this happens, lets take a look at the chemistry involved.
Consider the human body for a moment and how the nervous system works. When you are walking around throughout your day without any drugs or alcohol in the mix, there is a certain amount of adrenaline in your system. The nervous system is flexible and so while you are just walking around living your normal life there is just a trickle of adrenaline being administered to your body. This is normal.
Now if you are, for example, walking through the jungle and a huge cat jumps out of the bushes and starts chasing you, your body will react to that threat. You will start running very fast and as you are running your body will notice that the muscles are working very hard and it will adjust for this by increasing the amount of adrenaline that is being produced. Your body adapts to the situation and responds accordingly by adjusting your nervous system for you.
So let’s look at the system of someone who is abusing Xanax, or in many cases, the person who is abusing Xanax and alcohol on top of it. This person takes these substances and puts them into their body, and the body notices that it is being slowed down and depressed by the Xanax and the alcohol. Note that this same thing will happen only with Xanax, or only with just alcohol, and certainly when both are used together. So the substances depress the body and the nervous system responds to that.
Now what do you think the body’s nervous system does when you bombard it with depressants?
The body will naturally try to reach equilibrium so it can remain stable. So it increases production of adrenaline in order to compensate for the Xanax.
Now if you take a regular therapeutic dose of Xanax then there should not be any huge complications. But if you are abusing the drug then the body has to work extra hard and produce lots of extra adrenaline in order to compensate.
And now consider this idea: When you abuse Xanax and/or alcohol for a long period of time, you are essentially training your body to produce lots of extra adrenaline on a regular basis. This becomes the new normal for you. Anyone who abuses these depressants daily is going to build up a tolerance and the higher levels becomes the new normal.
So you are addicted to Xanax and you abuse it every day and your body is producing all of this extra adrenaline in order to compensate for it. What do you think will happen if you were to suddenly stop taking Xanax?
That’s right–your body is flooded with all of this extra adrenaline, and there is no where for that nervous energy to go. This is what produces seizures in people who are in withdrawal from alcohol or Xanax. Their body cannot handle all of that extra stimulant when you suddenly remove the depressant substances. In extreme cases this can go beyond seizures and it will outright kill a person.
Now I want to add a word of caution here based on my own personal experience working in a medical detox facility:
The combination of both alcohol and Xanax abuse is particularly dangerous when it comes to withdrawal. In other words, a person who is coming off of just alcohol or just Xanax is in danger, but a person who has been abusing both substances at the same time is in a more extreme level of danger.
As such, if you are coming off of alcohol, or Xanax, or both, then you really need to consider the fact that you medical attention. If you have ever noticed any withdrawal symptoms when you went without a drink or without a pill, then you are at risk for serious complications.
The problem is that not everyone has the exact same withdrawal symptoms every time they detox. This is why they have a scale that attempts to measure a variety of potential detox symptoms, which include things such as shaky hands, headaches, sweats or night sweats, and so on. In order to be truly safe from this threat you want to go to a medical detoxification center, which are almost always located inside of 28 day treatment programs.
My suggestion to you, if you are still with me, is to call up a treatment center and start asking them for help. “What has to happen for me to come into treatment there?” This should be your line of inquiry. Figure out how to get into residential treatment so that you can get through the detox process safely. This is essentially your life that is at stake, and the medical threat during withdrawal is very real.
Many people have tried to detoxify themselves at home or on the streets, and many people have failed. Anything that you have read or seen or heard about how you can detox at home safely is not true. While it is possible that someone has actually done it, they did not do so safely. The only way to do so safely is to have medical supervision and the care of a treatment center that can control your nervous system using their own medications.
And no, you will not get addicted to any medications when you go into rehab for detox. You will leave treatment and have your real self back, clean and sober, with no new addictions to worry about. At that point it is all about finding a new way to live your life and finding new tools to cope with stress and anxiety. Many people who have abused depressants will need to take an active role in treating their anxiety, and that is very possible once you are clean and sober in recovery. There are many ways to cope with anxiety other than popping a pill or using alcohol, you just have to explore and discover what they are.
So if you are struggling with Xanax abuse then I strongly recommend inpatient rehab. Do not take a risk that could cost you your life.