Xanax Withdrawal and Tapering Help

Point of Return is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was started nearly 12 years ago to help people taper Xanax correctly. This means a slow taper, but more importantly we calm the nervous system throughout the withdrawal process using an all-natural approach. Don't be fooled, this program may appear simple and it is to implement, but it works. The science behind the program is unmatched anywhere. Our nutraceuticals are remarkable and our team has been through these withdrawals so we know how important relief is. Guidance is critical throughout a Xanax taper, don't do this alone. All benzos are dangerous to stop wrong. You need experts involved.

In the late 1960s Xanax was created to be a sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities, but when Dr. David Sheehan became involved Upjohn Pharmaceuticals presented the initial Xanax drug application to the FDA as an antidepressant to compete against Tricyclic Antidepressants, stating that Xanax was a safer and less toxic drug. The FDA initially approved the application, then changed their minds and told Upjohn they had to release Xanax as an anti-anxiety medication versus an antidepressant. Xanax was released in 1981and within two years became a blockbuster drug.

Pfizer Pharmaceutical entered the list of the largest mergers after increasing its global market share to 11% when Xanax was brought into their portfolio. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States and between 2004 and 2008 there was an 89% increase in emergency room visits due to Xanax addiction. Michael Jackson was consuming between 30-40 Xanax a day prior to his death.

Xanax has a fast onset of action, reaching peak blood levels in 1.5 hours. Xanax is metabolized very rapidly versus other benzodiazepines therefore its effects are felt but also diminish quickly. This short half-life causes a rapid onset of tolerance, where the body calls for higher doses of the drug in an attempt to achieve a calm state.

Xanax, like all Benzodiazepines, exert its action on GABA, the most calming neurotransmitter of the human body. By continually activating GABA, the inhibitory nature is down regulated, allowing Dopamine levels to increase. Dopamine is the pleasure chemical of the body that are held in check by GABA. The continued use of Xanax and subsequent spikes in Dopamine cause worsening dependency. Dependence down regulates the GABA receptors and the initial calming effect of Xanax is replaced with anxiety, fear, insomnia and pain as GABA, Serotonin and Dopamine levels reduce in response to the addiction. This may explain why so many experience serious depression in benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Xanax should only be prescribed for very short periods of time (7-10 consecutive days) and yet too many are given Xanax for months or years. Xanax use and abuse has reached epidemic proportions among college students and recently the University of Alabama implemented a no-drug policy that includes testing for Xanax.


Recovering from Xanax dependence takes time and dedication, as natural GABA must be restored to feel normal again. This process can be done under our careful guidance and is why our nonprofit was formed. Our team of benzodiazepine experts can help you recover as we have.

While a slow taper is crucial for success, many need relief from the withdrawals to taper at any rate. This is why our program utilizes calming nutraceuticals to quiet the benzo fire. If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction, our nonprofit can help.

Our team of experts utilizes slow titration schedules combined with calming Nutraceuticals to help ease Xanax withdrawal symptoms. We have helped people in 73 countries over the last 11 years and we can also help you.


The Point of Return Program is an in-home tapering program that allows you to gradually lessen the amount of Xanax while also implementing the use of all-natural, calming nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms.  Xanax is dangerous to abruptly or rapidly stop and our program is a proven, viable, low-cost option to continue living your life while tapering.

We are prescription drug experts that specialize in Benzodiazepine withdrawals.


  • Personal experience with Xanax withdrawal brings a compassion to our guidance.
  • Specially developed nutraceuticals allow a natural approach to help minimize troubling Xanax withdrawal symptoms.
  • Interaction items are outlined so additional Xanax withdrawal symptoms are avoided..
  • Xanax tapering does not have to be frightening. We taper slowly while supporting the nervous system.
  • Escape Xanax addiction and begin regaining your life today.

If you'd like our assistance to taper Xanax please send our nonprofit a confidential inquiry, telephone tollfree 866.605.2333 or get started on our program today.



Included in Your Xanax Withdrawal Program

*nutraceuticals are used throughout the taper


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    Disclaimer: *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and must be done with their consent and support. More...

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:

abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear

Xanax Abrupt Discontinuation Symptoms May Include:

anxiety, blurred vision, decreased concentration, decreased mental clarity, depression, diarrhea, headache, heightened awareness of noise or bright lights, hot flushes, impaired sense of smell, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of reality, muscle cramps, nervousness, rapid breathing, seizures, tingling sensation, tremor, twitching, weight loss

Xanax Side Effects May Include:

abdominal discomfort, abnormal involuntary movement, agitation, allergies, anxiety, blurred vision, chest pain, confusion, constipation, decreased or increased sex drive, depression, diarrhea, difficult urination, dream abnormalities, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, fatigue, fluid retention, headache, hyperventilation (too frequent or too deep breathing), inability to fall asleep, increase or decrease in appetite, increased or decreased salivation, impaired memory, irritability, lack of or decreased coordination, light-headedness, low blood pressure, menstrual problems, muscular twitching, nausea and vomiting, nervousness, painful menstruation, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, rash, restlessness, ringing in the ears, sedation, sexual dysfunction, skin inflammation, speech difficulties, stiffness, stuffy nose, sweating, tiredness/sleepiness, tremors, upper respiratory infections, weakness, or weight gain, Abnormal muscle tone, arm or leg pain, concentration difficulties, dizziness, double vision, fear, hallucinations, hot flushes, inability to control urination or bowel movements, infection, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, muscle plasticity, rage, seizures, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, slurred speech, stimulation, talkativeness, taste alterations, temporary memory loss, tingling or pins and needles, uninhibited behavior, urine retention, weakness in muscle and bone, yellow eyes and skin

Other Names for Xanax are: (Alprazolam, Niravam, Xanor, Kalma, Tafil, Alprox, Frontal)

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People We've Helped

My healing began with Point of Return!

"It has been one year this month of September since I began the program and today I am free of drugs." -Laura S., (Colorado) Effexor, Mirtazapam, Xanax, Tramadol

I was a poster child for the program!

"I followed it religiously and strived to make every day count toward my success. Within a few weeks I was feeling better." -Wendy H., (Texas) Restoril, Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan

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