Posted by yxibow on October 28, 2007, at 23:17:31
In reply to Re: Benzo treatment for anxiety=drug problem? » torachan, posted by sunnydays on October 28, 2007, at 22:33:24
Oh this is a sticky wicket. Some doctors are absolute "benzophobes" -- particularly in the UK from what I have seen.
Yes, benzodiazepines, while among the safest psychiatric drugs in terms of side effects to date when used as directed generally shouldn't be used more than 4 weeks in a row give or take.
Addiction at least I feel is the purposeless or street use of a prescription drug while habituation is something that can occur during prescribing.
Of course both can occur at the same time. And everyone is different, as some people have been on Valium since 1963.
Does the Valium I have taken long term contribute exclusively to short term memory issues -- probably not. There are psychological issues, depression and decompensation easily contribute to this phenomenon as well.
Neuroplasticity may also have an impact in mind/body rewiring of the brain.