I have a friend whose been prescribed Xanax for years to treat anxiety. The biggest stress factor when it comes to going off of it, is the fear of relapse anxiety. I've read articles online about how relapse anxiety is a lot worse than the initial anxiety the patient is trying to treat, because the dramatic effect of going from being on Xanax, to the initial anxious state makes it ten times worse. When weaning off or stopping Xanax cold turkey, how long does the relapse anxiety last? If you wean off of it (of course under a doctor's orders), is their less anxiety as opposed to when you go off cold turkey? Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with the relapse anxiety after weaning or stopping? Thank you in advanced.