Benzos work very well for anxiety, panic and insomnia for short-term use but the true addiction potential is far greater than people understand. 40 million americans suffer from anxiety in any given year, according to the NIMH. This places a large portion of our population at risk to benzodiazepine addiction every year that Benzos are allowed to be prescribed as liberally as the are.
There are already approximately 4 million Americans with benzodiazepine addiction and using benzodiazepines well past any recommendation of national medical authority. Everyday more people get exposed to an addiction that to many is chronic and leaves them homebound and suffering silently. Many of them are afraid to stop because to do so may mean going through withdrawal that brings back the symptoms of the original anxiety related condition but in extreme intensity. Some individuals also endure benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome which includes; skin crawling, light, touch and sound sensitivity, hallucinations, psychosis, and a host of other very difficult additional symptoms.
Benzo dependence can be physical, psychological, or both. Benzodiazepines are widely prescribed for a variety of conditions, specially anxiety. They are relatively safe and, with overdose, rarely result in death. However, used chronically, benzodiazepines can be addicting. These agents are often take.