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Xanax Bars: How Are They Abused?

Xanax bars are large pills shaped in a rectangle. Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a prescription drug that people take for a variety of reasons, including anxiety and sedation. It can be prescribed for muscle relaxation and nerve pain off-label. It’s also a benzodiazepine that’s been prescribed for millions of people in the United States. Benzos can be highly addictive and cause withdrawal symptoms when a person ceases to use them.

How Does Xanax Affect the Body?

As a benzodiazepine, Xanax bars affect the brain and central nervous system, upping the supply of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA. GABA acts in the brain to slow down nerve cell activity, creating a state of relaxation.

When taken correctly, medical professionals consider Xanax to be a safe medication. Addiction also causes changes in the brain. A person who begins to abuse the medication will develop a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance, a symptom of addiction, means needing more of it to feel the effect that they’re seeking. Regular users of the drug can develop a tolerance even if they don't misuse the drug.

Xanax misuse can lead to an overdose because it can slow down a person’s breathing. It can be especially dangerous to use alongside other substances such as opioids or alcohol.

A person who is possibly misusing Xanax bars will have glassy eyes, slur their words, or seem very sleepy. They may stumble or have slow reaction times, similar to a person who has had too much to drink.

Withdrawing From Xanax

Quitting the use of Xanax can be difficult for a person who has been taking it in high doses. It is not a safe drug to withdraw from on your own. People in withdrawal from alazopram can experience many symptoms that vary in intensity. Sweats, shaking, and even seizures can occur during withdrawal. The safest way to cease using Xanax is to go to detox, where professionals can help minimize these symptoms and monitor you throughout your stay.

Getting Help for Addiction

If you or somebody you love struggles with Xanax, alcohol, or other drugs, there’s help available. People overcome their addictions with the help of detox and treatment all the time. At Las Olas, we offer a peaceful and serene environment to help you reclaim your life. Learn more about how we can help you by calling us at US (949) 279-1376 • MX (612) 153-5726



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.