I take 2 mg of Xanax XR twice daily and 1 mg XR in the afternoon. I am taking it for maintenance, not to get high. I want to safely stop taking it or at least lower my dose. I know I can't taper off without some kind of drug for detox. If I don't take it in the morning and wait until 12:00 p.m. I already start withdrawal symptoms. My head buzzes, I can't concentrate, I start to panic, and I just feel awful. I want to reduce my dosage without side effects. I am a mother and stressed out as it is. I can't put my kids through withdrawal symptoms and can't be hospitalized because of custody issues. Any suggestions? Can I take a substitute medication to withdraw?