pills addictive, have few benefits
In our opinion,
anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medications are grossly
over prescribed (these
type of medications are the 5th and 6th highest selling medications
in the world, and tranquilizers are the number one selling
medication in the USA). While
these type of medications do have a place in the treatment
of SOME anxiety conditions, they should NOT be considered as
As well, current research has shown that these
types of medications provide very little benefit (less than 25
percent of those who take these types of medications actually
experience a benefit). It's also our experience that these types
of medications often complicate anxiety and recovery.
To frequently these medications
are prescribed as the first and ONLY form of anxiety treatment,
without the individual being told the short and long-term
ramifications of medication therapy. While some medications
can provide temporary symptom relief for some people, unless
the underlying reasons for anxiety are addressed anxiety
as a condition generally remains, which can cause a high
incidence of prolonged medication use and future disorder
To attain lasting normal and
medication-free health, our experience has shown that anxiety
disorder sufferers must understand anxiety AND address the
underlying reasons associated with their anxiety. Understanding
addressing the underlying factors associated with anxiety are
important keys to anxiety
This can be accomplished with the help of good
self-help information, anxiety
therapy, and on-going support during recovery.
Before you consider medication therapy, or if you
are already on medication:
- Fully investigate the medication(s) you are
taking and be fully aware of the implications of its short
and long-term use.
- Seek good self-help materials (the member's
area of our website contains a wealth of good self-help information).
- Seek the help of an experienced anxiety
therapist (preferably from someone who has experienced
anxiety first-hand) if you aren't making progress or feel
you are stuck in your progress back to normal and lasting
- Continue to look for the help you require until
you have fully recovered. Many settle for partial recovery
when full recovery is achievable.
With the right information and help you
can return to lasting normal and medication-free health. You
don't have to suffer needlessly.
Folk) was on long term medication, too, so I know the challenges
medication can cause. For further
information, you can read the article below:
Anxiety pills addictive, yet have few
Benzodiazepine medications, such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin,
and Valium, are potentially addictive tranquillizers commonly
used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and sleep problems.
Benzos act like sedatives, which depress brain function. They
are intended for short-term use only because of their highly
addictive tendency–the body can set up a chemical dependency
in as little as four weeks. Once dependency has occurred, coming
off of benzos can be a very bumpy ride.
“These drugs are habituating, it's known they tend to
lose their effectiveness if used regularly, and you don't want
someone to become dependent on them, because in that setting
it can be extremely difficult to stop," says Dr. James Wright,
director of the Therapeutics Initiative.
"People who start these drugs are often not warned that,
when they do stop, they can expect to have withdrawal effects," including
insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and confusion. These symptoms can
last for weeks or months, Wright says.
Because of their highly addictive quality, the recommended usage
for benzos is no more than 100 pills per year. In 2005, however,
University of British Columbia researchers found that approximately
170,000 people in B.C. (4.2 per cent of the B.C. population)
received more than 100 pills in 2002, and of that number, 10,000
were prescribed more than 1,000 pills that year–ten times
higher than recommended. As a result, 84 million benzos were
prescribed in B.C. in 2002–nearly 400,000 people in B.C.
received at least one prescription for benzos in 2002.
“The overall benefits and harms from this drug exposure
in B.C. is unknown," said the researchers’ report
in the Therapeutics Letter, a bi-monthly publication produced
by the Therapeutics Initiative, a world-renowned drug research
group based at the university.
Even though women and the elderly are the biggest users of benzos–these
two groups are the most vulnerable to side effects, benzos were
also prescribed to children and toddlers under the age of four,
even though they were not licensed for use in children.
Researchers believe benzos were used even more prominently in
other parts of Canada because B.C.’s population typically
takes fewer prescription drugs than other provinces.
Despite the potential harm and the “scant” evidence
that benzos provide any meaningful benefit, 14 million prescriptions
were filled by Canadian retail drug stores in 2004, says IMS
Health Canada, a prescription-drug tracking firm.
If you are taking, or are considering taking any of these types
of medications, you should discuss their addictive qualities
with your doctor and pharmacist.
Here is a listing of common anxiety
For more information about anxiety,
attacks, and anxiety