Xanax bars
Xanax bars

Xanax is a brand name medication for alprazolam which is a type of benzodiazepine that treats individuals for anxiety disorders, panic disorders and the emotional side effects of depression. This medication works by manipulating a type of neurotransmitter in a person’s brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid or (GABA). By increasing the effects of GABA, it slows down the nerve cell activity in the brain resulting in the reduction of nervousness, anxiety and fear. This prescription pill produces a calming effect that removes the “fight or flight” sensation associated with clinical anxiety.

Xanax is prescribed in several different doses depending on the severity of symptoms. The doses are typically prescribed in .25 MG, .5 MG, 1 MG and 2 MG strengths. Xanax has been found to be 10-20 times stronger than an equivalent dose of Valium. This is major reason why Xanax is one of the most abused prescription drugs on the market today. Once addicted, it can be difficult to go through detoxification on your own.

Like all benzos, alprazolam is habit-forming and the risk of Xanax addiction is increased while taking this medication long-term and not as directed. Abuse of the drug will cause dependency over time. Alcohol should never be taken in combination with Xanax. It will increase the effects in people who do so and increase the potential of going into a state of black-out, coma, overdose or death. Along with alcohol, Xanax should never be taken in combination with any opiates or antidepressants because results could be fatal.

Other Common or Street Names: Xanbars, Zanbar, Bars, Z-Bars, Footballs, Totem poles, Bricks, Benzos

How people commonly use or ingest Xanax:

Xanax users are directed to take this medication by mouth. However those that abuse this medication will sometime chew the pill or place it under the tongue until it dissolves in hopes of feeling its effects faster. Sometimes people will crush the pill and put it into an alcoholic beverage or shot. This is more common in people that are coming down from a night(s) of cocaine or methamphetamine use.


How to tell someone is under the influence of Xanax:

  • Drowsy or light-headedness
  • Sedation or zoned out
  • Impaired or poor coordination
  • Care-free attitude
  • Involuntary muscle movement or twitching
  • Having trouble speaking
  • Lowered inhibitions

Signs of Xanax Addiction:

  • Changes in hobbies or social habits
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in personality
  • Finding hidden pill bottles
  • Finding Xanax bottles prescribed by different doctors
  • Always wanting higher doses
  • Taking more than prescribed
  • Running out of medication early
  • Worrying about scheduled refills or trying to refill early
  • Finding used empty plastic bags around house or vehicle (common when buying pills off the street)
  • Sleeping more than normal or at odd hours of the day

Withdrawal Symptoms of Xanax:  Users may start feeling the effects of withdrawal within 6 hours of Xanax wearing off. As time goes on the symptoms will intensify and you will be putting yourself at high risk for having a medical emergency. We cannot stress how important it is to get help from a qualified Detoxification facility like Bay Area Recovery Center when starting to feel these symptoms. The safest way to detox off benzodiazepines is by being medically supervised and with the proper detox medications.

  • Elevated vital signs
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Involuntary shaking
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Sweating

Bay Area Recovery Center has successfully treated individuals dependent on drugs and alcohol for over 20 years.  People need to know treatment does work and there is life after Xanax addiction.  Let us use our experience and expertise to develop a medically supervises Xanax detox and treatment plan that is personalized to your situation.  The illness of addiction is not something you or your family should have to go through alone.  We can help. Call us now (713) 999-0116 or (281) 853-8715.

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