Benzodiazepines are among the easiest drugs to become addicted to and among the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from. The safest bet is to use prescribed “benzos” only in extreme cases—as with severe anxiety disorders or seizures—and only long enough to clear the head for planning longer-term coping strategies. Think very long and hard before using benzos in any circumstances,
If you suspect you may have alcoholism—as opposed to simply a bad habit of “drinking too much”—look into professional alcohol detox treatment before you even think about trying to stop drinking cold. Alcohol withdrawal can trigger all sorts of dangerous physical effects including seizures, stoppage of breathing and potentially lethal delirium tremens: prescribed alcohol detox drugs may be necessary to minimize the risks.
It’s a bit misleading to speak of the prescription-drug addiction epidemic, because not all addictive prescription drugs are created equal. The top two offenders—opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines—belong to different “depressant” families, and doctors still occasionally prescribe potentially addictive stimulants as well. Even when officially categorized together—even when using the identical chemical formula—prescription drugs go under different names,