Benzodiazepine abuse is when an individual takes benzodiazepines for non-medical reasons or in a way that is not prescribed by a doctor. This can involve taking larger doses than prescribed, taking the medication more frequently than prescribed, or using it without a prescription at all. Benzodiazepine abuse can lead to dependence, addiction, and other negative health consequences. It is important to only use benzodiazepines as prescribed by a healthcare provider and to follow their instructions for tapering off the medication if it is no longer needed. If a person is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, they should seek help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist for treatment.