Sometimes the treatment for certain disorders can be worse than the original illness. The following is how a true account of how I accidentally became addicted to benzodiazepines and what I’ve learned in the process. My goal is to inform readers to the dangers of reckless use of benzodiazepines. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, and any recommendations I make should be discussed with a medical professional.
Anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks) is a disorder when the body suddenly feels a fight-or-flight reaction. These usually occur due to stressful stimuli but can also occur at random periods. The sufferer suddenly feels a drowning sensation: unable to breathe or Buy Testoprime rapid breathing, tightness in the neck, shakiness, and sometimes they mimic the signs of a heart attack.
Unlike a phobia, which is usually an irrational fear of some sort, panic attacks usually surprise the sufferer. The person experiencing these episodes feels an impending sense of doom or that death is about to occur.
Benzodiazepines: A Cure or a Curse?
One form of treatment for this disorder is a class of medication called benzodiazepines. These medications include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan, just to name a few. For the alleviation of panic, they are miracle drugs. Then can either stop an attack from occurring or reduce the severity of it.
But like every medication, there are disadvantages as well. For one, benzodiazepines are known to be “habit forming.” “Habit forming,” to me, is a euphemism for addictive.
I should know. I was once a “benzo” addict.
I went to a psychiatrist [name withheld] for a myriad of reasons, one of them being panic disorder. He prescribed me a low dose of a common benzodiazepine for it.
It all seemed simple enough. Whenever I knew I was about to be in a stressful situation, especially driving, I would take one. When I felt fine, I didn’t. I used them as I felt needed.
Well, when my psychiatrist wrote me prescription after prescription for the medication, I finally told him I didn’t need any refills; I had plenty. He was surprised. He told me that I should take four tablets a day every day, regardless if I felt like I needed them or not. He said it has to build up in my system.