Xanax is a prescription drug that falls under the category of benzodiazepines, which is a type of substance that affects the GABA receptor and is used to promote relaxation while relieving anxiety.

Because Xanax acts on brain receptors and produce pleasant feelings of relaxation, it is possible to become addicted. Like any other substance, it can rewire the brain’s reward responses. Signs of addiction include taking higher doses than what is prescribed, longer than prescribed, or snorting them to enhance its effects.

Xanax often hooks people through dependency. Upon taking it on a consistent basis, the brain becomes used to its effects and will crave Xanax in order to function. Functioning without Xanax after heavy use can result in anxiety, depression, and lack of confidence.


One dangerous symptom of Xanax withdrawal is seizures. Those who are prone to seizures, and have taken benzos to help prevent them, should be very careful during the withdraw period. Because the brain relies on benzos to help prevent them, seizures become more likely. It is highly recommended anyone going through Xanax withdrawal seeks a medically-supervised treatment program.

As a benzo, Xanax stimulates the GABA receptors, and the lack of GABA receptor stimulation without the substance can result in high anxiety, stress, insomnia and memory loss among others.

Xanax can take about a month to fully recover from. During the first three days, withdrawal symptoms are the most severe, but also heavily depend on the individual’s average dosage.

Similar to opioids, taking weaker benzos can help minimize the withdrawal effects and prevent relapse. This works by adding those chemicals into the body but at a much weaker dose, reducing cravings for more Xanax and softening withdrawal symptoms.

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