What is a Xanax Bar?

Xanax bars are pill-sized tablets that can be broken down into quarters. The quarters can then be taken individually.

Each of these rectangular Xanax (Alprazolam) bars typically totals 2 milligrams. When the bar is broken down, the pieces are closer to one milligram or half a milligram.

Alternatively, Xanax prescriptions can be made up of bottles of singular 2-milligram tablets.

In either form, Xanax is a strong and addictive benzodiazepine.

If you are struggling to overcome an addiction to Xanax bars, the dedicated experts here at Pathfinders Recovery Center can help.

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The Danger of Bar Drugs

One of the dangers of taking Xanax bars is that breaking tablets off a bigger piece makes it easy to overdo it.

At the start, you will likely take a quarter of a Xanax bar.

However, tolerance can develop quickly, and many people double their dose once this starts.

Since Xanax is addictive in any form, this problem can be difficult to avoid.

If you skip the buildup and take a full Xanax bar, you will likely feel hyperactive, irritable, or aggressive — potentially leading to a Xanax addiction.

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Prescription Pills in a Bottle

Having pre-portioned prescription pills in a bottle makes it easier to control.

When you do not have a pre-portioned prescription to follow, it makes it easier to abuse Xanax and end up with a Xanax addiction.

Xanax bars make it harder to manage something that is already challenging. This is one reason why we offer support with managing medications.

We offer medication management that will help you understand the importance of exhausting alternatives, following prescriptions, taking the recommended doses, and achieving a healthy balance.

What is Xanax Used to Treat?

Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine that doctors use to treat anxiety disorders.

Benzodiazepines — like Xanax — are frequently used to treat generalized anxiety, panic, and social anxiety disorders.

One of the biggest problems with Xanax bars, and benzodiazepines in general, is that it is easy to misuse.

Many people will start using Xanax under the care of a medical professional for an actual medical need. Still, a genuine medical need can turn quickly into addiction and an illicit search for more.

Unfortunately, in both prescription and illicit settings, Xanax has a high potential for abuse and addiction. This is one reason why doctors often recommend only short-term use.

When you are ready to address and overcome your addiction to prescription or illicit Xanax bars, we will provide everything you need to pull free from its grip.

We will give you access to health care, support, guidance, training, therapeutic remedies, and holistic approaches.

We will give you a well-rounded program that addresses each of your needs.

With our knowledge, support, and care, and your dedicated effort, you can take back control of your life.

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Side Effects of Xanax Addiction and Abuse

When you take more Xanax than is recommended, you may feel hyperactive, aggressive, or irritable.

Low doses and short-term prescriptions are designed to help mitigate these problems.

However, many people will continue using it after their prescription runs out because of the anxiety and stress-reducing side effects of Xanax bars and tablets. Others will continuously up their dosages to increase the frequency or strength of the medication’s effects.

Since anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health concerns in the country, the short-term or immediate effects of Xanax bars are appealing to many people. They are also very addictive.

Depending on individual factors like how much you take and how often, the side effects that you experience may vary.

Some of the most common side effects of Xanax abuse include:

  • Drowsiness and dizziness
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Joint pains

While these are some of the most common side effects of Xanax abuse, others are also possible.

The details of your addiction can alter the side effects that you experienced and your withdrawal symptoms and recovery.

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Xanax Bars and Mental Health

While Xanax is meant to treat existing mental health disorders, long-term abuse, and addiction often worsen.

What is even more troubling than the physical and emotional side effects listed in the section above is the clear link between suicide and Xanax addiction. A staggering near-third of intentional overdoses or suicide attempts involve benzodiazepines, including Xanax bars and others. This percentage highlights the dangerous mental health impairments that are possible with this strong benzodiazepine.

When you have an anxiety disorder, you may feel like you do not know where to turn.

Whether you are medicating to overcome a mental health disorder or developing a mental health disorder due to substance abuse, the link between addiction and mental health is troubling.

Almost half of everyone who experiences a mental health disorder will also experience a substance abuse disorder at some point. The same is true in reverse. These two disorders occurring at the same time is referred to as a dual diagnosis. This is something we can address in our addiction care programs.

We will help you build healthy habits, coping mechanisms, and support systems.

By treating both disorders simultaneously, we can ensure that one will not remain and worsen the other.

Xanax Addiction Treatment Settings

Depending on your level of addiction and needs, we will help choose the addiction treatment setting you will benefit from the most.

Many patients choose to start with an inpatient or residential program. This particular program will likely begin with a medically-assisted detox. It will also give you 24-hour access to care, guidance, and support.

If you have a milder addiction or schedule restrictions, other programs may be available.

Our inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and long-term rehab programs are designed to meet a variety of unique needs and circumstances.

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Xanax Bar Addiction Treatment Methods

At Pathfinders, we believe in comprehensive and holistic care.

Our treatment settings, methods, and programs are patient-focused and well-rounded.

From your first phone call through your aftercare planning, we will walk the path with you for as long as you need us to.

Depending on the treatment setting you choose, you will have access to a wide range of therapeutic techniques, holistic care methods, and support systems. These range from various therapies, like individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

You will also have access to support groups and stress and addiction management training.

We will spend time working through relapse prevention techniques, healthy habits and sober social network building, and other methods that meet your unique needs.

Each addiction and patient is unique.

We will walk you through building the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to create a life based on sobriety and healthy habits.

We will show you how to walk the path for long after you leave us.

Until then, we offer programs ranging from 30 days to over one year to help you break free from Xanax addiction.

Paying for Your Xanax Addiction Program

If the potential costs of Xanax addiction treatment are holding you back from getting the care you need and deserve, we have good news.

Most major health insurance providers offer coverage for addiction treatments.

We accept payments from most major health insurance providers.

If you are not sure how much will be covered, please call our addiction specialists today. They will verify your insurance coverage for you. They will also outline alternatives if you do not have insurance.

Make the choice to change your life. It is infinitely worth it.

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Pathfinders Recovery Center

Overcoming your addiction to Xanax bars is something you should not have to face alone.

Thankfully, you never have to when you choose Pathfinders.

In our safe and comfortable facilities, we have full teams and other patients waiting to welcome, guide, and support you.

We are here to help change your life.

Your addiction to Xanax bars does not have to define who you are. You can take back control.

Why wait another day? Call today for more information.


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