What is a Xanax Bar?
While most of us have heard of prescription Xanax, many are unfamiliar with the term Xanax bars.
Xanax bars are pill-sized tablets that can be broken down into quarters.
The quarters offer smaller doses of this strong benzodiazepine.
Xanax, in bars or otherwise, is prescribed to patients with anxiety disorders.
Anxiety can make you feel overwhelmed, and Xanax can increase the chemicals produced by your brain that make you feel calmer.
But nonmedical use of Xanax has become increasingly common. If you are addicted to Xanax bars, we can help.
Understanding Addictions to Xanax Bars
One of the problems with Xanax bars is that it is easy to lose track and accidentally increase your dose.
Because Xanax is addictive, this may also be done intentionally.
A quarter of a Xanax bar is the typical recommended dose.
But you may find yourself doubling it when you discover that you have developed a tolerance.
With its strong side effects and addictive qualities, this often happens quickly.
Abusing Xanax Bars
If you ingest a full Xanax bar instead of a piece of one, you may experience concerning changes in your behavior.
Common behaviors include becoming aggressive, hyperactive, or irritable is common. When your prescription is not portioned out already, it is often easier to abuse.
To combat this problem, when there is a genuine medical need, we offer medication management in our addiction treatments. This is just one of countless proven treatment methods and techniques that we take advantage of at North Jersey Recovery.
Prescription Xanax Time Frames
Medical use of Xanax has a short time limit. Because it is strong and addictive, it is meant for short-term use.
To avoid Xanax addiction, experts recommend closely and carefully following your doctor’s instructions. Avoiding taking Xanax bars through illicit methods or in illicit settings is also a good practice.
If you have experienced troubling side effects due to your prescription, ask your doctor about less addictive alternatives.
If you are struggling with your anxiety or having difficulty sleeping, we can help you identify healthy coping mechanisms, habits, and stress-relief methods that may help.
At home, work on building a strong support system. Choose individuals who will listen and help you avoid relapsing after your addiction treatment program is complete.
Holistic remedies, like exercise, yoga, and meditation, are proven methods to round out the experience. These remedies can help improve your overall mental and physical health.
At our facility, we use a variety of proven care methods backed by science and medical evidence.
Side Effects Associated With Abusing Xanax Bars
Benzodiazepines are strong and addictive drugs. Abusing Xanax, in any form, can lead to several potential side effects. Some of the most troubling are the mental health impairments, suicides have been linked to benzodiazepines like this one.
Nearly one-third of intentional overdoses or suicide attempts involve benzodiazepines. When you begin abusing a bar drug, it is easy to increase the amount you are taking either intentionally or accidentally.
This leads to increases in both accidental and intentional overdoses.
Other potential side effects of Xanax bars may include:
- Drowsiness or light-headedness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Joint pains
The number, type, and severity of the side effects that you experience can vary depending on several factors. The amount you take, how often, and for how long are a few examples.
The side effects listed here are more often short-term. In long-term abuse or high doses, more troubling side effects are possible. Shortness of breath, seizures, and troubling mental health concerns become more likely.
Mental Health and Xanax Bars
While the short-term side effects of Xanax abuse are concerning, the long-term and mental health impairments are even more troubling. These mental health impairments can include unusual changes in your moods, thoughts, or behaviors.
Hallucinations, bouts of depression, confusion, memory problems, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide are all possibilities.
Xanax is currently the most common anti-anxiety medication in America. It treats anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and high levels of stress for some patients.
But the rule that states that it should be used in the short-term only is hard to follow. Addiction can occur quickly, whether due to mental health changes or physical dependence.
And since mental health disorders like these are some of the most common in our country, benzodiazepines like Xanax are easy to come by. From 2009 to 2014, there was a 226% increase in the number of benzodiazepine prescriptions.
Many people mistakenly believe that if a medication is prescribed, it cannot be bad for you. This belief can lead to a lifetime of abuse and addiction.
Dual Diagnosis Care
When an addiction and mental health disorder co-exist, this is called a dual diagnosis. Depression and Xanax addiction is one common example of a dual diagnosis. Xanax alters your brain chemistry, replacing normal thoughts and behaviors with uncharacteristic or damaging ones.
Compulsive cravings and behaviors are expected. Xanax bars can worsen your anxiety over time, lead to other mental health disorders, and cause troubling health impairments. Our dual diagnosis program can help you address both your mental health disorder and your addiction.
We have highly specialized and customized plans in place to address such needs.
Xanax Bars as a Stepping Stone
Xanax bars are dangerous for many reasons. Their impact on your mental health is one of the most concerning problems, but it often acts as a transition drug.
Xanax addictions often lead to other addictions. And when it is combined with other substances, Xanax becomes more dangerous. In some cases, it can be life-threatening.
One common and deadly combination is Xanax and heroin.
Combining these two drugs can interfere with your normal and important bodily functions and brain responses. It can impair your cardiac activity, increasing the risk of an overdose.
Xanax bars, alone or in conjunction with other illicit substances, are dangerous and addictive. The risks are not worth the minimal and short-term rewards. Help is available. It is time to make a change.
The Benefits of Inpatient Treatments for Xanax Bars
Most of our inpatient treatment programs begin with medical detox. Our safe, monitored, and medically assisted detox will help ease your drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, setting you up for success moving forward.
It will restore your strength and confidence for the next steps and allow us to monitor your progress, evaluate your needs, and ensure that we are always giving you the right kind of care.
This high-level treatment program offers care, support, and guidance that cannot be matched in other settings.
You will have 24-hour access to everything you need to recover. You will participate in various proven therapies, support groups, and other therapeutic techniques, including relapse prevention and addiction management.
Other Rehab Options
We understand that a full-time program is not right for everyone. That is why we offer a variety of other customizable treatment programs that balance care and flexibility. Outpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, partial care, and sober living have different time requirements but feature many of the same techniques and benefits.
For example, in a traditional outpatient program, you might spend five hours per week attending therapy or support groups at our facility.
In an intensive outpatient program, you might visit for up to 20 hours per week. We will work with you to determine the best program to meet your needs.
Insurance for Addiction Treatment
Paying for your addiction treatment may be easier than you might think. If you have health insurance, your treatment program may be partially or fully covered.
Most major health insurance providers offer coverage for this type of health care. If you are unsure of what your provider covers, please call our admissions department.
They will review and verify your insurance for you. They can also outline alternative payment options if you do not have insurance.
North Jersey Recovery Center
Battling an addiction to Xanax bars can be difficult and scary.
But you do not have to face it alone.
Let the dedicated experts at North Jersey Recovery Center guide you.
We will provide all of the resources, tools, support, care, and guidance you need to make this incredible life change. You will also benefit from sharing stories and advice with others that are going through the same process.
Call today to get started.