Xanax, which is a brand name version of alprazolam, is a popular drug among addict circles. This is a prescription drug that can make people feel relaxed when they are dealing with anxiety or panic disorders. Unfortunately, the way that they impact the brain has made them a popular choice for people who abuse drugs.
Many people don't see anything wrong with taking Xanax and other prescription medication. However, this can lead to legal troubles. It is illegal for anyone to take drugs that are prescribed for another person. In the case of Xanax, you can face legal issues and addiction troubles all at the same time.
Where addiction and criminal justice intersect
One issue that people don't realize is that you can't just stop taking Xanax if you have been taking it habitually. It is very difficult to stop taking Xanax, so many addicts need to have help overcoming the addiction in order to stop taking the drug. Even when this is successful, there is a still a chance for relapse.
The fact that Xanax is so addicting poses a special problem. People who are addicted to this drug will usually do whatever it takes to get it, even if it means that they have to break the law to do so. It also means that some people who are addicted might face criminal charges in connection with their activities. This could include obtaining the drugs or doing things like stealing to get money to buy them.
Health effects of a Xanax addiction
People who are addicted to Xanax can suffer from vision changes, intestinal upset, memory problems, attention difficulties, lack of sex drive and trouble focusing. All of these are in addition to the high feelings that come with using this drug. Many people use this drug with alcohol, which can make the effects more pronounced.
Dealing with prescription drug charges
Prescription drug charges can come with imprisonment, fines and other penalties. If you are facing these charges, you need to think carefully about what you are going to do. Ideally, you will be able to get help for the addiction that is causing all of your problems. You can explore the options to determine if there is a way that you can get the help that you need. In some cases, alternative sentences and plea deals might give you a sentence that addresses the crime while helping you to get sober.