I resoponded to your other thread in regards to possibly taking .50 to start...so please see that post...
Here is my response to another member's similar situation:
...and there are just as many SUCCESS stories(likely more!) of people who have taken their benzodiazepines responsilbly, and had a very safe recovery, due to being able to do the things that anxiety had kept them from previously...
...such as seek therapy and learn tools that enabled them to lessen their dosage eventually...
Used as prescribed, and in conjunction with therapy...Xanax and the like can be part of a safe and effective treatment plan.
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT