Xanax abuse remains one of the most common problems with prescription medications. This bar-shaped painkiller has long been a focus of the growing problem of abuse that has been rising over the past few years. Since it has been used for a variety of genuine medicinal purposes, it has been difficult for lawmakers and doctors to find a common ground on which to decide its regulation. Prohibition might only create more of a problem, as people often forget back when alcohol was made illegal. A similar situation could happen quite easily with Xanax, and that is something which most of the people in positions of power and deciding on policy would rather avoid, understandably.
Xanax abuse often starts slowly. People who have been given the drug continue to take it for a long time and develop a tolerance to it that requires them to take it more frequently and in greater dosages than before. This often spirals out of control quickly. Other people begin taking the drug out of boredom and as a means to get high. As they were never prescribed it in the first place, they are automatically abusing it and so addiction tends to set in just that much faster. Xanax acts to relax the person and those feelings of being without anxiety and its tranquilizing effect are the primary reasons why people who never really needed it will continue to take it until the point that they do need it in order to continue functioning on any sort of normal capacity.
The symptoms of Xanax abuse are difficult to hide when you know what to look for. Even if you discover that someone you know is abusing this or other prescription drugs, you simply cannot force them into trying to recover. This process can only begin when the addict has come to the realization that they are doing harm directly to their bodies and indirectly to the people around them. Many detox facilities are equipped with the staff to handle this problem and can greatly assist someone that looking to make that change back to a life free of drugs.