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Can You Stop Xanax Cold Turkey?

by Will Long

July 20, 2023
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No, you cannot safely stop taking Xanax cold turkey. At Landmark Recovery, our primary concern is ensuring the safety and well-being of those under our care. We also help ensure those who need care can receive care. Stopping Xanax safely is a crucial question to address, not just for those considering it but also for their loved ones who want to understand how to provide support.

What is Xanax, and What are its Effects?

Xanax, or alprazolam, is a widely prescribed medication for anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which act on the central nervous system to produce a calming effect. While it can be an effective treatment for these conditions, Xanax can also be habit-forming, leading to dependence and, in some cases, addiction.

Abruptly discontinuing Xanax or quitting “cold turkey” can lead to severe and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it’s essential to approach discontinuation carefully and under medical supervision.

The Risks of Stopping Xanax Cold Turkey

Stopping Xanax abruptly can lead to what is known as “rebound symptoms.” These are intensified returns of the symptoms the medication initially prescribed to treat. For example, if you take Xanax for anxiety, stopping the drug suddenly may increase anxiety or panic attacks.

In addition to these rebound symptoms, withdrawal from Xanax can also cause other severe physical and psychological effects. These may include:

  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

The risk of experiencing these symptoms is higher in individuals who have used the drug for a long time or in high doses. In the most severe cases, abrupt cessation of Xanax can lead to life-threatening seizures or, sometimes, a condition known as delirium tremens, characterized by confusion, rapid heartbeat, and fever.

Safely Discontinuing Xanax

Because of the risks associated with stopping Xanax cold turkey, it is crucial to approach discontinuation under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Landmark Recovery provides medically supervised detoxification, which involves gradually tapering off the drug to minimize withdrawal symptoms.

Our team of experienced healthcare providers monitors patients 24/7 during detox, providing medical and therapeutic support to ensure safety and comfort.

Landmark Recovery’s Role in Your Xanax Rehab Journey

Landmark Recovery is more than just a detox facility. We offer comprehensive, individualized treatment plans to address not just the physical dependence on Xanax but also the psychological aspects of addiction. Our therapists and counselors provide cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, family therapy, and other evidence-based treatments to help patients build the skills they need for long-term recovery.

We understand that every person’s journey to recovery is unique. As such, we tailor our treatment programs to meet each patient’s specific needs and goals, providing them with the tools and support they need to reclaim their lives from addiction.

Take the First Step Toward Recovery

Can you stop Xanax cold turkey? The answer is generally no — not safely, at least. But with professional help and a dedicated support system, recovery is possible.

If you or a loved one is struggling with dependence on Xanax, contact us at Landmark Recovery. Call our helpline at 888-448-0302. Let us guide you safely through detoxification and help you build a sustainable pathway to recovery. Your journey to a healthier, substance-free life starts with one phone call.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.