Xanax is a potent benzodiazepine which is not suitable for long term use due to its habit forming abilities. Being the most commonly prescribed psychoactive drug in United States, it is most frequently abused. Not only is the recreational use of the drug considered abuse but:
- Taking it in higher amounts than prescribed
- Taking it more frequently than prescribed
is also considered abuse. The potential of developing an addiction is significantly increased when it is abused. In some cases, the patients do not even realize that they are addicted to the drug. In others, the addicts may try to keep their addiction a secret to avoid the painful treatment. In the later case, looking for signs and symptoms of abuse can help.