Many people want to know exactly how long a drug such as Xanax will stay in their urine. There is, of course, only one reason that a person would want to know this information, which is because they have to produce urine for someone that is presumably supposed to be clean. The bottom line is that the drug generally shows up for about 3 or 4 days after you last took it in the urine, but to be really safe you should figure on a full week of being completely without the substance before you produce a clean urine. The better question here though is why you would need to worry about this question in the first place, and what that says about your current life choices.
Most “normal” people, when asked to take a urine screen for a job or whatever other reason, do not have to scramble to figure out exactly how many days they have to wait before they can produce a clean urine. This indicates a level of drug abuse that should be alarming for you. If you cannot produce a clean drug screen then that is a fairly strong indicator that there may be a problem. As such, you may think about what it would be like to have the kind of freedom where you never had to worry about things like this any more.
You may stop and consider what kind of life it would be if you never had to look for another way to get a buzz each day, because you would already feel so good just being clean and sober. You may wonder what it is like to live that kind of life, and you may indulge in that fantasy temporarily but believe for it to be out of your reach. This is a very common problem among drug addicts and alcoholics–they don’t have hope for recovery, because they do not think that it applies to them. They don’t believe that they can get clean and sober and be happy. They believe that this must be a fantasy for other people, for people who do not enjoy drugs as much as they do. So we feel like we are unique, like we are the only person in the world to ever love our drug of choice that much, and that no one who has ever loved drugs like this has ever become clean before. How could they? It would be impossible, we reason.
The truth is that you are not unique. The truth is that thousands of drug addicts have come before you, who have loved their drug of choice just as much as you do, and they have managed to become clean and sober in spite of this. Note that this is not because they are smarter than you or better than you in any way. The only reason that those people became clean is because they had finally had enough. The only reason that they were able to make the leap of faith into recovery is because they had finally had enough misery and chaos in their life. In other words, those people finally surrendered. They gave up the struggle. They stopped fighting their addiction. They said “I’ve had enough, I don’t enjoy getting high any more, and I want something different in life. Please show me how to live.” This is when they were able to get humble, ask for help, and take some direction.
You see, if you try to figure out recovery on your own you are very likely to fail. You will just end up coming back to your drug of choice eventually. No, the only way to get clean is to surrender to a new solution in your life and to ask other people to show you how to live. This is very humbling and so most people will not want to do it. You have to hit bottom and become totally miserable in order to get to the place where you become willing to follow directions. Most of us grew up at some point and decided that we no longer had to follow directions, and so when it comes to addiction and recovery, this level of pride is not doing us any favors. Indeed, the only way to learn a new way to live in recovery is to get humble and listen to other people. Unfortunately, most of us don’t want to do this, so the price of recovery and humility is that we have to hit rock bottom and become completely miserable before we are willing to really get humble.
Eventually getting high is no longer fun and it simply becomes a chore. At some point, instead of wanting to take our drug of choice, we have to take it in order to avoid being sick or having withdrawal symptoms. And so the key is that you have to realize when you have reached this point. This is the point of denial, to realize that you are no longer having fun with the drug, that you are miserable all the time, and that self medicating is no longer working for you. If you cannot get to the point where you realize this then you just keep spinning your wheels trying to make yourself happy in your addiction.
I would suggest that if you are sick of the hamster wheel that is addiction then it is time to recognize your unhappiness. Are you really happy? Does your drug of choice really make you happy any more? Can you see that even if you had all the money in the world and all the drugs in the world that you would still be unhappy, and that the root cause of your unhappiness is your addiction?
This is the critical truth that you have to realize in order to break through denial. You must fully accept the fact that it is the drug problem that is causing your misery and chaos in your life, and stop blaming everything and everyone else and making excuses. The only way to break through your denial is to realize that your biggest problem really is the drugs, and that you have no chance at lasting happiness as long as you are self medicating.
As such, your solution should be clear: Ask for help. Seek help for your addiction and thus turn your life around. If you want to be happy and free again in life then you have to learn how to live without resorting to self medicating all the time. The only way to figure that out is to humble yourself, ask for help, and follow directions.
Anyone who is serious about finding help in recovery should be able to go to treatment and get the help that they need. You just have to have the willingness to reach out and ask for help and be willing to follow the advice you are given. Many people need addiction recovery but few people actually want it enough to take action. You can make a decision right now to take real action, to reach out and ask for help and get into treatment.
There is no shame in getting the help that you need to overcome addiction. I know that anxiety can be overwhelming to someone who is struggling with Xanax abuse, and I can assure you that if you check in to a treatment center that they will do everything they can to help you manage your anxiety while helping you to become clean and sober. Make the leap of faith today and give recovery a chance: Call a treatment center and ask for help right now.