I agree with Harry and Lyn 100%!
We are made to be sooooooooo afraid of the benzo class of drugs! But I've been on Xanax for over 12 years and would rather take my chances with "addiction" than be miserable w/o it. I've included some interesting info I found online.
"According to one of the leading experts on benzodiazepines, UK physician C Heather Ashton, some authorities estimate that as many as 50% of long-term benzodiazepine users may be able to stop with no symptoms at all. However, due to the potential for severe and serious withdrawal effects, Dr. Ashton and other experts emphasize the importance of a doctor-supervised, gradual, and individualized tapering schedule. This slow weaning program may take weeks or months depending on the specific benzodiazepine used, its dose and duration of use. Abrupt withdrawal may lead to symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, irritability, gastrointestinal discomfort, anorexia or increased sensitivity to light and noise. More severe symptoms may occur such as confusion, depersonalization, muscle spasms, delirium, psychosis or seizures. Rebound insomnia is also possible, particularly following abrupt discontinuation of a benzodiazepine with a short elimination half-life."
Please notice the very first sentence of that quote. Yes, as with ALL meds, common sense is in order and I'm not saying that we should all start popping benzos like candy, but it just makes me so sad and aggravated that people that are in need of the benzos, such as you and me, have been conditioned to be afraid to an unrealistc extent! I wish you well and try not to worry overmuch about
"addiction". You have to deal with the present. let tomorrow take care of itself. I've been put on Paxil and when I read the withdrawal symptoms, it's scarey as he**. But I decided that I can't worry about
that possible eventuality. Sometimes, the things we fear most never come to pass in the first place.