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Xanax detoxification and withdrawal are critical steps on the road to recovery. The process itself can be dangerous without proper guidance, so having medical supervision is crucial to a person’s safety during this time.
Withdrawal from Xanax can be both physically and mentally uncomfortable. Depending on the rehab center, some clinicians may prescribe taper medications to soothe some of the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal.
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At-home detox may be more common for people taking Xanax with a prescription who need to stop taking it for one reason or another. A person may be dependent on Xanax, but this does not mean they are addicted. They will benefit from a doctor slowly tapering their medication, but addiction treatment is not necessary.
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Most people quitting Xanax will experience a brief increase in their anxiety levels. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may experience a level of anxiety worse than your pre-treatment level. It is common to feel nervous, jumpy, and on-edge during your taper.
Some individuals may be better suited for a harm reduction approach, in which the taper leads to a maintenance dose rather than abstinence.