Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for anxiety and panic attacks. Over time, it has become commonly used as a maintenance drug for both those issues as well as insomnia. Its intent is for occasional use by people who suffer intermittent panic attacks. The medication’s calming effects made it an option for tension and stress relief, and prescriptions for this medication have soared. Over time the use of this drug expanded, and it has become one of the most prescribed medications in the United States.
What has not been adequately understood is that alprazolam is addictive and the weaning time can be measured in small increments over a lengthy period to avoid potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. There are both physical and psychological symptoms including:
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle twitches
- Sore muscles
- Weight changes
- Convulsions or seizure
- Anxiety and panic
- Sensory hyperacuity
The process of weaning from Xanax is a long, slow, and challenging one. There is no set timeline but a 25% reduction every two weeks is an often used guideline, which translates to a two month wean. During this time there are likely to be some of the described effects, which can be greater for some people than others. There are many advantages to professional assistance during this first stage to protect against dangerous symptoms, minimize discomfort and ensure a successful removal of the drug from your system. A detox service, such as that offered by Centrec Care in St. Louis, offers supervision, monitoring, and support in a safe and controlled environment. Medical and psychological support is available to deal with issues as they arise. Using a variety of methods, the process of withdrawal can be minimized. The Current Opinions in Psychiatry and many professional organizations recommend the combination of medical and psychological support. The detoxification process is the first step followed by counseling in the behaviors and life changes that can come with a Xanax free life.
Centrec Care offers a variety of detox and support programs in a family-style atmosphere that allows the patient to relax and become comfortable with the setting. Our style promotes a non-threatening approach conducive to a homelike experience.
A case manager counselor is assigned to each patient upon entrance to the program. That professional will travel with you through each segment of the treatment process on your journey to wellness. Upon completion of the program, the case manager counselor will be available to the patient for continuation of treatment via our Counseling Services Program. Purpose = Reduce threat of relapse.
Family members play a significant role in the healing process. Family involvement is welcomed and encouraged.
Patient’s Primary Care Physician will be updated on treatment
An appointment will be scheduled for an Evaluation session within 48 hours of your call.
We do our best to balance your treatment schedule, so as to limit the interference with your work schedule.