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South Florida Xanax Addiction Detox

Xanax Detox in Ft Lauderdale

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium (otherwise known as benzos) are habit-forming prescription drugs commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other disorders. They are not only the most prescribed medications in the United States, but they’re also highly addictive. In fact, researchers found that the addictive power of benzos was similar to that of opioids, cannabinoids, and GHB – all substances with exceptionally strong addictive qualities.

Most benzo users develop a tolerance within six months and dependence even sooner. Once a user’s body has become dependent on the benzo, quitting can produce severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures.
The risks are especially high for those who abuse alcohol or other drugs. Consequently, benzo users should only stop taking the medication under the direct supervision of trained medical professionals.

Xanax Addiction Withdrawal

Benzo withdrawal symptoms generally start within 24 hours and can last from a few days to several months, depending on the length of the abuse and the strength of the benzo used. The most common benzo withdrawl symptoms include sweating, nausea, headache, muscular pain, stiffness, difficulty concentrating, perceptual changes, sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations and muscle tremor, as well as seizures and psychosis, especially for those on higher doses. However, even lower dose benzo users may experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms.

Prolonged benzo withdrawal is rare, but it isn’t uncommon. In fact, an estimated 10% of people who abuse benzos still feel withdrawal symptoms years after they have stopped taking the drugs.

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Detoxing from Xanax, Ativan and Other Benzos

Xanax, Ativan and other benzos significantly alter the brain’s chemistry and often also adversely affect the body. Consequently, patients in benzodiazepine detox need to be regularly monitored for psychological and physical symptoms and complications.

The safest and most effective way to manage benzo detox is to taper off the medication. That is, to give the patient benzodiazepines in gradually decreasing amounts. This will help to relieve benzo withdrawal symptoms and prevent the development of seizures. Benzo detox patients are first stabilized with an appropriate dose of diazepam. The initial dose is generally equivalent to the patient currently uses and slowly tapers down from there. This process can last anywhere from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks.

The second stage of benzo detox is psychosocial, which is especially important for patients who’ve been taking the drug for anxiety and/or other psychological disorders. However, even recreational users of Xanax, Ativan and other benzos may experience a recurrence of psychological withdrawal symptoms may require extended psychosocial care.

Since the effects of benzo abuse and addiction vary from person to person, it’s important that a detox patient is provided with an individualized treatment program. Imperium does just that. From assessment and stabilization, through tapering to aftercare, we put together a recovery plan tailored to meet your specific needs. And we do so in the most safe and effective manner possible.

Let Imperium’s Fort Lauderdale Detox Center Help You Beat Xanax Addiction

Imperium’s Fort Lauderdale facility provides a safe and effective way for you to beat addiction to Xanax, Ativan, Valium and other benzos. We offer a variety of addiction treatment protocols, from detox through aftercare each administered by highly-trained clinical professionals. If you’re seeking recovery -- real recovery -- then give us a call today!

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