In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use Xanax for opiate withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal wouldn’t be all that bad if you only experienced the physical symptoms. Unfortunately, the anxiety, psychological terror and insomnia can make withdrawal a living hell. Several years ago I was addicted to opiates. Every few weeks or months I would not be able to get any more opiates. Sometimes my dealer was out, but usually it was because I was out of money.
Whenever this happened, I knew that I had about twelve hours after my last dose before the withdrawal symptoms would start coming on. During this time, I would text everyone I knew to see if I could score some Xanax for opiate withdrawal symptoms. Actually, I didn’t even care if it was Xanax. Other pills such as Valium, Klonopin or Ativan would work well too.
These medications are in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Commonly referred to as “benzos”, these pills are very effective at reducing anxiety and easing nervous tension. They also relax muscles and help you fall and stay asleep.
Xanax for Opiate Withdrawal
Xanax is a brand name for the anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medication known as alprazolam. Xanax is commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder, though many opiate abusers have used Xanax for opiate withdrawal. Xanax is a short-acting benzo, so the effects come on hard and fast. The downside of this is that the effects also go away quickly, requiring you to take it more often during opiate withdrawal. Klonopin is the benzo with the longest duration, though the effects come on more slowly than Xanax. Valium falls in the middle of these two.
Using Xanax for opiate withdrawal has become popular due to it’s remarkable ability at treating the following symptoms:
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Muscle tension and soreness
- Psychological terror
- Poor appetite
When determining whether or not you should use Xanax for opiate withdrawal, please consider the following key points:
- Everyone is biochemically unique; so while Xanax worked well for me and countless others, it won’t help everyone ease their symptoms.
- For some individuals Xanax will work well, though Ativan, Klonopin, Librium or Valium might work better.
- Many individuals say Xanax helps them calm anxiety and fall asleep, though a small minority complain that it makes them too much like a zombie.
- Xanax and other benzos can be habit-forming.
- Taking too much Xanax can lead to an overdose.
How to Use Xanax for Opiate Withdrawal
Taking Xanax for opiate withdrawal can be a lifesaver if done properly.
The following key points illustrate a very safe way to use Xanax for opiate withdrawal symptoms relief:
- Always take Xanax under the supervision of a physician.
- Xanax comes in tablets that are circular which are 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg, football shaped tablets that are 1.0 mg, and rectangular bars that are 2.0 mg.
- Due to differences in severity of addiction and biochemical uniqueness, there is no set Xanax for opiate withdrawal dosage.
- Take the least amount of Xanax necessary to achieve opiate withdrawal symptoms relief.
- Discontinue Xanax after 3-4 days; the worst of the withdrawals should be over by day 5, and this way you won’t develop a physical dependence to Xanax.
- Most individuals will benefit from as little as 0.5 mg per dose, though some will need up to 2.0 mg, especially at night before bed.
What if you Can’t Get Xanax for Opiate Withdrawal?
If you’re going through opiate withdrawal right now and can’t get Xanax from a doctor or drug dealer, I feel your pain. Fortunately, their are two herbs that work in very similar ways to Xanax. Xanax benefits for opiate withdrawal are due to it binding to GABAA receptors in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a mental relaxant. GABA is basically our natural Xanax, though our bodies produce it in the precise amounts we were designed to handle.
Valerian root and passion flower are herbs that activate your GABA receptors like Xanax does. They both have been shown to naturally reduce anxiety and insomnia. In one study, 75 participants with nonorganic insomnia were put into two different groups. One group received 600 mg of standardized valerian extract, while the other group received 10 mg of oxazepam (a benzodiazepine medication) for 28 days. Assessment tools used to evaluate the effectiveness and tolerance of the interventions included validated sleep, mood scale and anxiety questionnaires as well as sleep rating by a physician.
Results: Both groups had the same improvement in sleep quality but the valerian group reported fewer side effects than did the oxazepam group.
I used valerian root and passion flower many times for opiate withdrawal anxiety and insomnia. Passion flower is also very beneficial for relieving gastrointestinal upset due to narcotic drug withdrawal. These two herbs are not as strong as Xanax for opiate withdrawal, but they still work very well, especially when combined with other herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids used in the treatment of withdrawal.
If you can’t get Xanax for opiate withdrawal, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking passion flower and valerian root as a natural and safe alternative. These will help with anxiety, insomnia and muscle relaxation, but they will not treat other symptoms. They do nothing for fatigue, hot and cold flashes, diarrhea or sweating. Furthermore, they don’t help replenish your brain with dopamine. I always encourage people going through opiate withdrawal to take a formula specifically designed to treat all of these symptoms in a holistic and synergistic way.
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If you have any questions on using Xanax for opiate withdrawal, please post them in the comment box below.
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