Quote from tnmomofive:I agree with Mj i think that is a good theory too it makes sense to me.
what my doctor told me was that it is not physicaly addictive so basicaly you shouldnt just keep taking for some kind of "high". she also told me anything i feel comming off of it is from the anxiety itself and not the benzo.To be honest though I didnt feel anything weaning off of it .We are all different though and I have been told by some others they did feel things.I just think chances are what they felt was actualy the anxiety they had all along and not from the med itself.
now some anti depressants are a whole nother story those do cause withdrawl symptoms not all and not for everyone though. paxil had me a mess weaning off and i went real slow too. zoloft i was fine weaning off and also prozac i was fine weaning off.
What your doc said isn't necessarily true but that belief is why there is a doubt about withdrawal symptoms from these drugs....if it is always assumed the symptoms are returning of anxiety then the "records" will show false "facts" of no withdrawals.
I know of a guy who took Valium, another benzo like Xanax, who developed severe anxiety and insomnia upon discontinuing his normal dose after only 2 months on it. Your doc would be perplexed on this one because it couldn't have been "returning" anxiety because he was only on the Valium for it's muscle relaxing properties.....he was a bodybuilder who had hurt his back! He had no prior condition of anxiety or sleep problems. Yet his withdrawal symptoms persisted for a whole year...so yeah, these drugs are capiable of withdrawals alright.
But to develop addiction, actually, it really depends on the person, the dosage, how often it is taken, of times it is taken, and the drug itself since benzos are all different in potentcy. ANd then, it's not really addiction but instead physical dependancy on the drug. Addiction itself has to include compulsive drug-seeking behaviors and other criteria to actually be pegged "addiction".
It's true, smaller doses, shorter time spans of taking the drug and the periodic "as needed" dosing can help prevent withdrawals in some people. Some people's brain's are also slow to develop certain adverse effects like downregulation and tolerance. Those can also be dose/drug/time related.
So between that and real withdrawal symptoms being re-labeled as returning anxiety, no wonder there are such small statistics on the very real occurance of the creation of the "accidental addict" to benzodiazepine type drugs.
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