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Quote from suzziq:
I would think that any medication that alters your mood/sleep etc. taken on a daily basis has to be addicting.
After what I've been through on xanax, I would never take anything on a daily basis unless it was absolutely medically necessary.
But definetly not a benzo, sleeping aid or mood altering pill.
Just my opinion. Those class of drugs are dangerous and highly addictive.

Sue, I couldn't agree more. I just found this article about the top three abused classes of prescription drugs. What concerns me is the high percentage of opiate addicts that take CNS depressants and anti-depressants, and subsequently become addicted to these: (from Health.org)

"Prescription drug abuse can have very serious consequences, which vary depending on the type of drug abused. Opioids, which include pain relievers such as Morphine, Codeine, Oxycontin, and Demerol, may lead to severe respiratory depression possibly resulting in death. Opioids are extremely addictive, as the user develops a tolerance to the drug they must take higher doses to achieve the same results.

CNS depressants, often used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, include Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. These drugs slow down brain activity so that when a user stops taking them, the brain activity races out of control, which can cause seizures. Users can also develop a tolerance to CNS depressants after long-term use.

Stimulants such as Dexedrine and Ritalin encompass the third category of prescription drugs commonly abused. These drugs increase brain activity and are frequently used to treat narcolepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and depression. Stimulants increase blood pressure and heart rate and, when abused, may cause cardiovascular failure or seizures."

Now imagine someone taking drugs from all three of these catagories, simultaneously, and tell me the mind-altering effects are not significant.