Should I be Worried about my Prescription use of Xanax or Klonopin?

There are millions of Americans who struggle daily with a chronic anxiety disorder. This debilitating category of mental illness often makes it difficult to maintain a career, relationships, and indeed a satisfactory quality of life. Many seemed to find a solution in prescription medication to manage symptoms, most often a benzodiazepine such as Xanax or Klonopin. While these medications do provide relief from the crippling symptoms of acute and chronic anxiety, unfortunately they are doing more harm than good, especially over a long period of time.

Benzodiazepines have been around for decades, and they are one of the most common prescriptions found in medicine cabinets across the country. While you may think this prevalence would indicate this class of medication is minimally harmful, the reality is benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Klonopin are highly addictive narcotics which dramatically alter one’s brain chemistry over time, leading to physical dependence. For those who find themselves reaching for their prescription bottle even just once or twice a day, this habit forming process is well under way.

What, then, is an appropriate use case for benzodiazepines? These medications are useful in the event of an extreme panic attack in order to keep you functional and safe, but beyond this use case you would be well advised to avoid taking these powerful drugs. For those who have grown accustomed to daily doses of Xanax or Klonopin, cessation of use can be tricky. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines presents life threatening risks similar to that of alcohol withdrawal, mainly significant seizure events. In light of this, you would be best served by seeking medical aid to slowly taper off of your daily dose of anti-anxiety medication either at home or in a detox facility depending on your specific situation. At Evolutions, we have developed a safe, proven medical protocol for detoxing our clients from benzodiazepines in the comfort of our best in class detox facility. If you or your doctor feel you would benefit from this sort of assistance during your cessation process, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 so we may get you enrolled in our program and begin your transition off of these power drugs.

Benzodiazepines have been in vogue in the United States for well over a decade now, offering people a quick and easy fix to their anxiety problems whether they be chronic, acute, or a combination of the two. However, this powerful narcotic has been grossly overprescribed to the population, and the wave of addictions and physical dependencies that has resulted continues to plague the nation to this day. For those still functioning while taking a daily dose of Xanax, Klonopin, or a similar drug, you should strongly consider transitioning away from dependence on these substances and seek alternative therapies to combat your anxiety disorder on a daily basis. While the occasional use of benzodiazepines in extreme instances of anxiety (panic attacks) is still an acceptable use case, anything more is doing your mental, physical and emotional health far more harm than good.