Anyone take benzos (e.g. Klonopin) regularly and feel they are heading down the addiction path?

It's one of the main things I take that keeps me productive while keeping my anxiety at bay.

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Have you tried SSRI's instead?

I was definitely headed down this path....Talked with my doctor and was put on beta blockers (propranolol) instead, which has been working great. Still have Klonopin for emergencies/panic attacks.

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Benzos aren't supposed to be used long term. They're meant for very short term - like on a flight or before Lasik surgery.

The withdrawal is horrid from experience- be careful and do not cut off cold turkey. Whatever you do don't stop cold turkey. Titrate down or talk to your doctor on slowing getting off.

Cold turkey -- Ive never experienced such horror in my life. And it was super long to get off using titration method. Even after off them I had symptoms for a very long time after. I think I also had some sort of PTSD from goimg off cold turkey and the shock of it. It was very scary as ive never felt like that before.

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**no mental health issues, just would sleep walk so i was put on these -- as you can see below during withdrawal i had horrid mental and physical symptoms that then disappeared once off completely for a period of time**

I was prescribed klonopin long term (1 yr or so) for sleep walking/talking during college and looking back they should have never prescribed them as they're not meant for long term use. They're similar mechanism to alcohol. They caused years of damage going off as getting off them was traumatizing given i tried cold turkey.

I initially went cold turkey:
Extreme panic attacks -- i had never had one before and holy shit i felt like id die. Ive never had my heart rate go crazy like that and id break into a sweat and feel absolute terror (like a constant near death experience or something). It would be for hours until taking K pins again. The panic attacks were the worst thing I've ever experienced.

I would see things in the mirror (basically hallucinate or some crazy shit) and had depersonalization and derealization chronically, even for months after getting off (constant feeling like you aren't in reality and looking in the mirror and not recognizing yourself - it is an anxiety response and it was horrid)

Light hurt - the sun, anything bright hurt. Like I was super sensitive. My skin hurt too sometimes.

I felt like constantly on edge. Like that doom feeling and there was nothing there.

No appetite. None. No sex drive.

After having a constant panic attack feeling for HOURS. I went back on. I tried numerous times to jump off cold turkey again but I always had this horrible panic attack anxiety light hurts thing. It wasn't even a panic attack as those are short term -- this would last hours and it just hurt everywhere. I don't know how to describe but it was the **worst experience of my life**.

I tried titration method -- i went slowly over months and finally was able to come off them. I had similar symptoms everytime id reduce the amount, but they weren't as sever and were manageable while taking supplements like magnesium. Still no appetite.

Ringing in ears constantly. I had this for months.

After fully getting off klonopin, that weird constant panic light hurts depersonalized feeling lifted BUT, then I was left in this depression.

Never had depression or suicidal thoughts before but I did then. Id cry and just couldn't get out of bed and felt this hopelessness I've never felt before.

Still ringing in the ears and this weird like popping sound when getting up. Weird feeling of head pressure.

Finally after like 7 months I was off and back at baseline.

I lost tons of weight - skinnier than I've ever been from having no appetite.

Ringing in ears was last symptom to lift.

Not meant to scare just please be careful and make sure to titrate slowly off. But do get off them as theyre not good.

I should've seen a therapist and psych during it but I was so scared given a sleep doctor put me on this shit -- I lost total faith in the medical community and after talking and reading around, found out they're not supposed to be used long term (for example, in Europe it is banned).

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