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What is Xanax?

You’ve probably heard of prescription Xanax, but what is a Xanax bar? Xanax bars are pill-sized tablets that you can break down into quarters to take individually. Xanax bars are potent benzodiazepines and are used to treat anxiety disorders.

Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common. Xanax increases the chemicals in the brain that help you feel calm.

Understanding Addiction to Xanax Bars

Breaking tablets off of a Xanax bar can be dangerous because it’s easier to overdo it. Most people start with a quarter of a Xanax bar but end up doubling their dosage once they’ve developed a tolerance. As Xanax bars are addictive, this can happen quickly.

If you take a full Xanax bar or multiple Xanax bars at once, you may experience aggressive, irritable, or hyperactive behavior. Not having your prescription pre-portioned makes it easier to abuse. That’s why medication management is one of the many services we offer at Resurgence Behavioral Health.

How Long Can You Take Xanax For?

Even when prescribed, Xanax is only meant for short-term use. The best way to avoid addiction is to closely follow your doctor’s instructions and avoid taking Xanax in illicit ways or settings. It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor about alternatives.

If you’re struggling with anxiety or insomnia, ask about healthier ways to cope or prescriptions that are less addictive. Building a strong support system at home and developing healthy habits can also help. Holistic remedies like exercise, meditation, and yoga are well-rounded ways to improve your mental and physical health. We make use of many holistic remedies in our inpatient care programs.

Side Effects of Abusing Xanax Bars

There are many potential side effects involved in benzodiazepine abuse. Xanax bars lead to particularly troubling side effects, including suicide. Nearly a third of intentional overdoses or suicide attempts involve benzodiazepines like Xanax bars. Drug bars make it easy to increase the recommended amount, leading to both intentional and accidental overdoses.

Other potential Xanax bar side effects may include:

  • Feelings of drowsiness or light-headedness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Talkativeness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dry mouth or increased salivation
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weight changes
  • Joint pains

The side effects that you experience with Xanax bars will vary depending on individual factors. The dose, level, and length of your addiction are a few important ones. The side effects listed above are generally some of the more short-term possibilities. Some others are uncommon but much more serious.

These may include physical symptoms like shortness of breath or seizures. They may also have mental health symptoms like hallucinating, depression, confusion, and memory problems, or unusual changes in mood or behavior, including thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Another potential complication in Xanax addiction is that it often leads to other addictions. When combined with other substances, Xanax bars become even more dangerous, sometimes life-threatening.

Xanax and heroin are one common combination. This combination can interfere with normal, essential life functions and brain responses. They can also impair your cardiac activity and increase the risk of overdosing.

Xanax bars and other benzodiazepines can lead to a diverse and troubling set of side effects. The best way to avoid them is to get help right away. Don’t wait another day to regain control of your life.

Mental Illness and Xanax Bars

Xanax is the most commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the country. It’s also used to treat panic disorders and stress in the short-term. The short-term rule is hard to abide by, as addiction to Xanax bars can occur quickly.

And since anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental illnesses in the country, many individuals turn to prescription or illicit drugs to help. Over time, they’ll only make the problem worse. Between the years 2009 and 2014, we saw a 226% rise in benzodiazepine prescriptions.

The misconception that a prescription d can’t be bad for you can lead to a lifetime of abuse and addiction. Xanax alters your brain chemistry and can rob you of normal thoughts and behaviors, replacing them with damaging or uncharacteristic ones. Xanax drug bars can change who you are over time.

Compulsive behaviors and cravings can replace your normal needs and desires. They can worsen your anxiety over time or lead to other mental illnesses, as well as troubling physical health symptoms. Some of these symptoms are listed above, but others are also possible.

Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you address and overcome both your addiction and your mental health condition. This is called a dual diagnosis. We have comprehensive plans in place to care for a variety of dual diagnoses and related complications.

Many dual diagnosis programs begin with a safe and monitored detox. This will help you overcome cravings and withdrawal symptoms. For severe addictions, you may be eligible for a medically-assisted detox. We use proven and safe medications to help you through the hardest part of your recovery.

Effective Inpatient Treatment for Xanax Bar Addiction

For most people, the most effective treatment option is inpatient or residential care. Here, you’ll have 24-hour access to support and comprehensive care. You’ll have the guidance and physical and emotional support you need to accomplish your recovery goals.

From medication management to holistic remedies and various therapeutic techniques to support groups, we’ll help you move past your Xanax addiction. This setting offers the highest levels of support for a safe and clean recovery away from distractions, triggers, and temptations you’d find in other settings.

Inpatient programs can last anywhere from 28 days to more than a year. The most common programs are broken into 30, 60, and 90 days. If you choose an inpatient program, we’ll help you determine the right length to start with, and we’ll revaluate along the way.

Alternative Xanax Bar Addiction Treatment Options

But we also know that inpatient care won’t work for everyone. If you have a milder addiction or schedule limitations, you may be eligible for a supplemental program. Traditional outpatient care is often the last one we recommend because it averages four hours per week. For complicated addictions, more is better.

Extensive outpatient programs (IOPs) average nine to 20 hours instead. They allow you to live at home while seeking treatment at our facility during the week. If you work during traditional business hours or care for family members, an evening IOP may be best. Partial hospitalization programs are structured similarly.

For graduates of our care programs, we offer alumni and support groups. These options provide continued care for as long as you need it. And as we know from extensive addiction health research and trends, better outcomes are associated with longer treatments.

But that doesn’t mean that it all needs to be done in one setting or all at once. Experts recommend at least three months of treatment. This goal can be met with multiple programs, in multiple settings, and with various therapeutic techniques. No two treatment programs look the same. We’ll work with you to create the best plan for your addiction and needs.

Resurgence Behavioral Health in California

At Resurgence, we offer patient-focused, customized care that can’t be matched. The safety and health of each of our patients is our priority. We only offer programs that meet a wide range of addictions and needs. This is addiction treatment that works.

Call today to speak to one of our addiction health experts. We’ll begin building your plan and perform a complimentary insurance verification for you, too. Help is one phone call away.

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.