What will a Xanax medical detox facility be like?
- 31 Aug 2007 by trayanne
I'm addicted to Xanax... and have posted several times on this forum and thank everyone for the support that I don't have from my husband.
I've made the calls and have been accepted to be admitted into a 7-10 day medical detox facility for next week. It's a 12 step program w/ group therapies...
I don't know anyone personally who has ever been in detox or have the problems I have and am very scared. I don't want to back out of this and just need some of you to tell me what to expect. What can I do to help myself through the process. They won't tell me what to bring or what to expect until the day before I go in. They said call and let us know when you want to come in... (so that I'm able to make arrangements for my 4 kids and 4 mo.old grandaughter) we'll give you instructions then and schedule you for the next day.
I'm a nervous wreck... can't sleep... can't focus... can't eat... thinking about what's going to happen in there?
I would appreciate any of your personal experiences thoughts and advise.
Bless you all!
31 Aug 2007
Trust me Tracy its not going to be bad... You will probably be weened down off the Xanax with something like klonopin(depends on how bad your habit was) and the detox will be just fine... Im sure that you will meet plenty of new friends and whatnot there as well... So what else to expect? Meetings all day,and plenty of bed rest,also FOOD it will be all over the place at all times because once you break an addiction you get hungry as hell! Im a 5 time rehaber myself(actually 10 but I left 5 of them) all for heroin,trust me its not bad(detox I mean),and they make it pretty comfy for you,and there are usually plenty of supportive people there to help you there it all... Most,not ALL,but most rehab/detox's I've been to most of the staff are also recovering addicts... Just dont get yourself worked up about it,think of it as a vacation,and make the most of it!
Im finally almost 8 months clean now because I finnally was able to break my addiction,it may not happen the first time,or it may just do it for you... As far as stuff to bring well that also depends one the place that you do to so I can't quite answer that for you... Just make the most of your time there,and I wish you good luck!
Oh yeah,make SURE that you do the follow up work(appointments) thats what really helps you out in the end... Again good luck,and make sure when your done to come back here,we all like to help,give support/advice,and its also just about as good(for me atleast) as going to an NA or AA meeting..
31 Aug 2007
Dave... thank you for the advise... and congratulations on your 8 months. I read the threads on here daily and you have given me some advise in past threads and want to say how much I appreciate it.
You're right I need to look at it as a vacation (desparately in need of one). Since I have such severe anxiety and panic attacks do you have any suggestions on what to do to try to stay calm? You know the feeling you get when you feel as if you're dying... having a heart attack... I'm just so afraid of freaking out and losing it.
Also, when you first go in I know that they give you an assesment..I know for sure I'm severely depressed (always have been) do they perscribe an anti-depressant if they feel it's necessary? Do they wean you off of the Xanax while you're in there or do they just give you something different to help with the withdrawals you're having and stop the Xanax abruptly. Also, what is the klonopin and effects?
I'm sorry to ask so many questions but I know you have a lot of knowledge from all of the posts I've read from you and as I stated earlier I have never been to a detox or known anyone that has.
I will always come back to this forum... the people..the stories and the learning are an inspiration in itself.
Thank you again!
1 Sep 2007
Klonopin is another benzodiazepine just like xanax except it has a slower onset and has a longer half life.I'm sure you know that xanax doesn't last long and that you have to take multiple doses daily.DAve is right,this can be a positive experience for you.So try and go in with an open mind and work with the people there.Good luck and please come back after you get out weather you get clean or not... Dave
15 Jul 2009
I WAS ON XANAX FOR 3 YAERS AND IT WAS A GREAT DRUG AT FIRST. THEN I GOT ADDICTIED TO XANAX AND VICODIN THAT WAS A ROUGH ROAD.I KNEW I NEEDED HELP BECAUSE OF THE WITHDRAWELS FROM Xanax i had before i couldn't do it by myself i'm a single mother of a four year old i had to get off of the xanax i was takin 2mg twice a day maybe three times couldn't remember nothin. my mother looked at several places for me I finally gave in to one of the detox places I was scared i cried the hole way there because i didn't know what to expect when i got there . I HAD MY OWN ROOM WHEN I GOT THERE AND THERE WERE VERY NICE PEOPLE THERE .THE FIRST DAY I CRIED ALL DAY BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER STAYED AT A HOSPITAL BY MYSELF THE NEXT DAY WAS BETTER AS FOUR DAYS WENT BY I DIDN'T WANT TO COME HOME I WAS SCARED TO BECAUSE OF REALAITY. MAYBE I HELP YOU IF ANY MORE QUESTIONS I'M HERE TO ANSWER THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS U .
11 Aug 2009
I'm physically dependent on Klonopin and plan on entering a detox facility as well. From what I've been told, it's like a vacation. I'm looking at it in that manner. It will be a positive life change. Others have told me that you are kept comfortable and the food is great. Besides, trying to get off of Xanax without medical help is probably not a good idea. I hope the best for you. Please take good care of yourself.
26 Mar 2010
HELL! Depending on how long you have been on xanax. You could have severe SEIZORS!
26 Mar 2010
Hi Folks -- great support group. My 29 year old son son takes 6mg of Xanax a day -- he has been told by his doc that it can take months to detox... he recently went to the hospital and they gave him klonopin ??? sorry if I misspelled the word…. He went into a seizure and they put him back on the Xanax immediately.
Does it really cause that much damage? Can he really detox in a couple of weeks? He is suffering a major depression now so I don't know what to do...
Thanks so much -- Jerry
5 May 2010
Anyone help me been on xanx 4yrs detoxing at home extremely hard i did two wk detox feel awful
30 May 2010
I went into a rehab in GA in November, a day before Thanksgiving. It was the first time, and so far, the only time. I met some awesome people there, and with it being my first time in, I heard some amazing stories. If you do what they say, and honestly try to follow the program they're showing you, you will succeed. I'm only 26, been in the drug life since I was 15. I am now enrolled and will be starting my classes in July for Social Work. I have been clean since 10/31/2009. My counselor's were my angels. I would have never made it this long clean if I hadn't listened to what they had to say and actually took them seriously. They know their stuff and you have to believe that they can help you. You have to believe in yourself. I know it sounds crazy serious but it's because it IS serious. I guess my suggestion to you would be to go in and open your mind and heart to what these people are saying to you. Your life depends on it. Just listen to them.
Be open and realize more than anything that you have a problem. It's not necessarily your fault, but it's yours and you're the only one who can fix it. I wish you the best! I hope this message isnt too late, keep in touch.
1 Jul 2010
I have been on xanax for seven years and have had several detoxes. Most places will try to use phenobarbital as the detox drug. Personally, I do not find that it works very successfully. I have been able to get around it by saying I am allergic to phenobarbital. At that point, they will use clonazepam, valium, ativan, librium, or even serax (that one is not very popular. They will run the detox for 7 to 10 days if you're lucky but you will still have withdrawl. Be very careful because withdrawl off of these drugs is very uncomfortable. Don't let them send you home until at least 5 days after the detox is complete and then get on neurontin for awhile to avoid pain and seizures.
3 Feb 2011
I am going to be very honest with you! It is a very hard thing to go thru but eveybody is different. The first month is going to be the worst! It all depends on how much you take. I was taking up to 15mg a day. Now I didn't get this way over night it took about 15 years. But the withdraw was horrible! I didn't sleep for at least three weeks and thats no bullshit! I had vivid hallucinations for a long time. It all depends where you go for help,they all treat it different. I went to the Caron Foundation and they got me off of xanax and suboxone. For the terrible hallucinations they gave me a phenobarbital taper for about three weeks. For the suboxone they gave me the usual stuff for the dry heaves and for the shits but the withdraw from the benzos were so bad you don't even feel the withdraw from the suboxone.
When you first check in at intake don't lie about how much you take because it's not going to help in the long run! Stay away from the people who glorify getting high they are the ones who don't make it! If you are as bad as I was you need inpatient help don't do alone you could lose your life!!! If I can do it anyone can trust me they are proffesionals.
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