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Xanax Medical Drug Detox

Have you experienced any of these situations while taking Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin?

  • You tried to get off or cut down on the drug and found that your anxiety increased, or you were now having trouble sleeping;
  • You are always feeling tired and have very low energy;
  • You have gained weight or lost weight;
  • You feel sad or depressed, anxious (in spite of taking the drug), or are not thinking clearly;
  • You are having muscle aches or fibromyalgia or other symptoms;
  • The drug is simply not working.

Why Medical Drug Detox Is Needed For Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin

Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin are three of the most widely addicting or abused prescription drugs of the benzodiazepine family of central nervous system depressants. Each drug has a different set of addictive properties, side-effects and withdrawal symptoms, but they are all addictive and can be dangerous to stop taking abruptly. The safest and best approach to get off Xanax, Ativan or Klonopin is a medically supervised drug detox.

First, let’s look at the similarities among the three drugs. All are members of the benzodiazepine family, which means they all act on the central nervous system (CNS) to depress, or slow down, the activity in specific brain cells. All three drugs are routinely prescribed for anxiety attacks, as well as other symptoms that, theoretically, benefit from “slowed down” nerve impulses — muscles relax, one’s mind seems more at ease, things don’t upset us as much, and so on.

Drug Side Effects

The problem with all three drugs are some nasty side-effects, the drugs can lead to dependence or addiction if taken too long, and getting off them can be difficult and even dangerous without a properly supervised drug detox. We would need another whole page just to cover the side-effects that people might experience while taking these drugs, never mind the withdrawal symptoms after you stop taking them unless a proper medical drug detox program is followed.

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XanaX Side Effects and Withdrawal

Xanax (alprazolam) is prescribed for moderate to severe anxiety, tremor, panic attacks and other kinds of convulsive behavior. It was licensed by the FDA for use up to 8 weeks, but doctors are cautioned not to prescribe it for longer than 2 to 4 weeks because it will likely become addictive. Withdrawal from Xanax can create agitation, panic attacks, anxiety, muscle cramps and seizures which can, if not handled through carefully monitored drug detox, lead to death.

Ativan (lorazepam) is a powerful, fast-acting CNS depressant prescribed for short term treatment of insomnia, severe anxiety, convulsive conditions, or to ease alcoholism withdrawal symptoms or chemotherapy side-effects. Dependence on or addiction to Ativan is relatively high compared to other benzodiazepines, happening in as little as one week. Doctors are cautioned to prescribe Ativan only short-term, and at the smallest effective dose. Ativan withdrawal symptoms can be very bad, so a medically supervised drug detox is absolutely necessary when addiction has occurred.

Ativan’s withdrawal symptoms, depending on the addicted person, can include one or more of headaches, anxiety, tension, depression, insomnia, restlessness, confusion, irritability, sweating, dizziness, depersonalization, numbness/tingling of extremities, hypersensitivity to light, sound and smell, perceptual distortions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, hallucinations, delirium, seizures, tremor, stomach cramps, muscle pain, agitation, palpitations and rapid heartbeat, panic attacks, short-term memory loss, and overheating. You can see why a drug detox is needed, closely supervised medical professionals and ideally in an inpatient setting.

Klonopin (clonazepam) is usually prescribed for epilepsy, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, or “restless legs syndrome.” Withdrawal from Klonopin can cause most of the same symptoms as with Ativan, meaning a medically supervised drug detox simply must be performed. In fact, sudden withdrawal after longer-term use can cause severe, even fatal, symptoms. Klonopin withdrawal includes anxiety, irritability, insomnia, panic attacks, tremors and seizures, depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), numbness/tingling in limbs, muscle pain and tension, weakness, cramps, tremors, irritable bowel, and cognitive impairment — basically, you can’t think straight.

Medically Supervised Xanax Drug Detox Needed

As we can see, addiction to any of these three powerful drugs requires a medically supervised drug detox to safely recover normal mind and body functions. If you or someone you know has become dependent on their prescription for Xanax, Ativan or Klonopin, make sure they do not stop taking the drug abruptly. As soon as possible, get that person into a medically supervised prescription drug addiction detox program.


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

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