Overcoming an addiction to Xanax can be difficult. For the first step, individuals complete a detox, during which they work through Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Knowing what to expect from a Xanax withdrawal, and understanding the basic timeline, can be a great way to prepare for the process.
6-12 Hours Into Withdrawal: Symptoms Appear
Xanax is a benzodiazepine. It’s also a fast-acting drug, which means that it impacts the body immediately but leaves the body quickly as well. On average, it takes up to 12 hours for Xanax to stop being active in the bloodstream. When this happens, withdrawal symptoms begin.
Most people in recovery are already familiar with these mild withdrawal symptoms. After all, they’re common at least once a day, and they may typically be the signs that mark the need for the next drug dose. During detox, however, they will slowly worsen because patients won’t be reaching for that next dose of Xanax.
1-3 Days Into Withdrawal: Rebound Symptoms Appear
Withdrawal symptoms will appear in earnest around one to three days after an individual takes his or her last dose of Xanax. Medical professionals sometimes call these symptoms rebound symptoms. That’s because these symptoms are the same symptoms many patients experience before taking Xanax.
For example, people may take Xanax in order to address anxiety or panic attacks. During withdrawal, the rebound symptoms are often anxiety and panic attacks. Fortunately, these symptoms won’t last forever.
3-30 Days Into Withdrawal: Acute Withdrawal Begins
Acute Xanax withdrawal begins around three days after the last dose of Xanax. This is when mental, psychological and physical symptoms begin to appear as a direct result of stopping Xanax consumption. The central nervous system is reacting to withdrawal, which can be unpleasant for many patients.
Typically, this stage of withdrawal will last for one to four weeks. Some of the most common drug withdrawal symptoms during this stage include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
10-20 Days Into Withdrawal: Peak Withdrawal Symptoms
Acute withdrawal symptoms will continue for several days until they reach a peak. This is when the symptoms are at their worst, and it can be the most challenging time for people in withdrawal. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to address these symptoms. Once the peak passes, withdrawal symptoms reduce in intensity and taper off slowly.
Indefinite: Protracted Withdrawal is Possible
Typically, Xanax withdrawal symptoms will peak, taper off and then disappear altogether. However, in some cases, individuals experience protracted withdrawal. During protracted withdrawal, mild symptoms linger for months or even years. In these cases, former Xanax users require psychological treatment to address the symptoms and ensure total health and happiness moving forward in sobriety.
After Xanax Withdrawal: Seeing Help at Crestview Recovery
Once individuals complete detox, they need to continue with drug and alcohol addiction treatment. At Crestview Recovery, addiction recovery for a lifetime is the ultimate goal. In order to meet that objective, there are a number of treatment methods we offer in our Xanax rehab programs. These include all the following:
- Trauma therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Meditation mindfulness therapy
- Holistic drug therapy
- Group, family and individual therapy
The Xanax withdrawal timeline leads right up to rehab. At Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, you can complete a Xanax addiction treatment program that prepares you for lifelong sobriety. Plan your journey to recovery by calling 866-262-0531 today.