Can You Taper Yourself Off Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, which is a sedative drug that belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, or benzos for short, like Xanax, are used for the treatment of things like anxiety disorders, panic disorders, seizures, and even the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. Xanax works on the body by making the nerves in the brain less sensitive to outside stimulation. This creates a calming effect and even a euphoric effect that many people chase.

When taking Xanax, there is a high potential for destructive habits to form. Xanax is highly addictive and many users oftentimes develop a dependency on it in a short period of time. This is why benzos like Xanax are only meant to be prescribed and taken short term. People who use Xanax for a long period of time will become physically and psychologically addicted to it. Both the body and the mind depend on the substance to fuel it.

Can You Taper Yourself Off Xanax?

Why You Shouldn’t Taper Yourself Off Xanax

It’s never ever recommended to taper yourself off of Xanax on your own. This is a very dangerous way to get sober. You could not only experience painful withdrawal symptoms like body pains, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, and even seizures, your risk for relapse and overdose are substantially higher. Many people find tapering down off of Xanax to be a nearly impossible thing to do on their own due to the withdrawal symptoms.

This causes many users to relapse at some point during their taper down process. When this relapse occurs many users mistakenly think their body can handle a higher amount. This causes an overdose, which can be deadly.

During a Xanax overdose, the body’s central nervous system can be slowed down to dangerous levels. When this happens, it slows down a person’s breathing resulting in not enough oxygen reaching the brain. A Xanax overdose can be deadly and if medical attention is not given in enough time, a person could lose their life. If you try tapering off Xanax on your own, the risk of overdose increases because without medication you may decide to quickly increase your dose if the process is becoming too frustrating, long, or tedious.

How to Get Sober from Xanax Addiction

There are much safer and effective ways to get sober from Xanax other than a self-taper. The most efficient and safest way to get sober from Xanax is with a medically assisted detox. Detoxing is the process of removing the drugs from your system. This is not something you should do on your own either. The main purpose of using a medically assisted detox is to safely manage the withdrawal symptoms that will happen and to monitor your safety and progress 24/7.

We also offer programs to continue help after medical detox has been completed. Inpatient treatment provides joint care to treat those who have struggled with severe addictions for a long time. You will meet with a therapist and addiction specialists for one on one as well as group therapy to get to the root of your addiction.

Safe and Effective Xanax Detox

Dual diagnosis treatment is something we also offer. This is meant to treat a person’s substance abuse disorder and mental disorder. It is very common that addictions and mental health disorders go hand in hand. We aim to treat each individually for maximum success. This treatment is helpful for those who struggle with things like anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and many more.

Addiction isn’t an easy thing to face. Luckily, you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.

 

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