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Re: Am I copping out by asking for a Benzo?

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2001, at 0:13:03

In reply to Re: Am I copping out by asking for a Benzo?, posted by Mark H. on November 28, 2001, at 18:44:33

> Be frank with your doctor. Ask for a 30 day supply of Valium to help you get through the withdrawal of quitting drinking. Don't expect him/her to refill your prescription, however.
> I don't think it's a cop-out to get time-limited help to deal with the stress of healthy change, whether it's quitting smoking, stopping drinking, or even leaving a relationship that hasn't worked out.
> I think it only becomes a crutch if you continue to keep taking it rather than going to therapy and working on the issues that influence your addictions to begin with. But for short-term use, hey!, that's what it's there for.
> Best of luck,
> Mark H.


And they are also useful in long term treatment. There is no evidence that I know of that contraindicates long term BZD monotherapy - even in some addictive personalities. Even the World Health Organisation after examining all of the long term studies for 30 + years conclude such.

There is still this myth out there that the risks of taking long term BZD monotherapy is somehow riskier than with any other medication. They ALL come to find out need to be tapered - including the beloved ssri's (or should I say INCLUDING) and they don't even fit the catagory technically classified as "addictive" (BZD's).

Its a red herring born out of ignorance and misinformation - not to mention the shoving aside of these valuable meds by Pharm companies seeking to recoup their R&D by promoting the likes of Paxil and others while the BZD's are all off brand. It's a struggle in the marketplace right now - not medical science that's driving this thing.





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