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Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms & Timeline

When a person falls into the trap of addiction and does not get the necessary help, they will be susceptible to withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating

The following information will detail some of the more common withdrawal symptoms, as well as provide a timeline to see how quickly these withdrawal symptoms can affect the body.

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The physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms of Xanax addiction are hard to manage. Fortunately, there is plenty of help available.

Xanax Withdrawal Timeline

Stage 1: Typically, this stage happens within the first six to 12 hours after the last dose. This is the hardest time for withdrawal symptoms. Xanax is fast-acting so it is absorbed fast and expelled from the body quickly. Insomnia and anxiety are the most common symptoms.

Stage 2: The second stage of withdrawal occurs between 1 to 4 days after the last dose was taken. This stage  is known as the “rebound symptoms” stage. The patient is likely to experience flu-like symptoms. This is the peak of withdrawal symptoms.

Stage 3: For five to 14 days, the person is slowing down from withdrawal. They may experience anxiety and insomnia and can use medically-assisted treatment to keep them calm.

Stage 4: During the final stage, any remaining symptoms will begin to go away, usually within a month. This is where any psychological dependency will come to light. 

Treatment Options for Withdrawal Symptoms

If you are experiencing Xanax withdrawal symptoms, it is important to get help. There are many different ways of treating these symptoms, including medication, meditation, counseling, and exercise.


The most common medical treatment for Xanax withdrawal symptoms includes antidepressant medication to manage depression and any suicidal thoughts. There may be other medications to help manage flu-like symptoms.


Once you get clean from Xanax, meditation can help with relieving your stress and anxiety levels. Learning to cope with anxiety and panic attacks through meditation is the best way to combat a chemical dependency.

Exercise and diet

Physical activity helps the body to release endorphins – chemicals that play a key role in protecting you from drug cravings, stress, and pain. It is a perfect way to work through any hard emotions and anxiety in a healthy way.

What we eat also plays a role in how we feel. Eating healthier allows the body to repair itself. When we eat good, we feel good. When we feel good, we sleep better and manage our anxiety and stress better.

Drug Rehab 

Drug rehab is a combination of medical care coupled with Counseling and intensive treatment that focuses on the problems and difficulties of the individual. It generally includes talking about various issues, as well as talking to other people dealing with addiction.

This can help you understand your behavior and learn new skills such as problem-solving, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention techniques. The levels of care in drug rehab start with acute medical detox followed by residential rehab, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment. 

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Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be very difficult to deal with, so it’s important to have professional care to guide you. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to Xanax, contact us today. We can help you take the first step towards recovery.

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