Approximately 40 million American adults - roughly 18 percent of the population - have an anxiety disorder, the number of Americans who have fallen victim to the medications that were supposed to be treating their disorders is massive.
Overdose deaths attributed to benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin) have risen sevenfold over the past two decades - when you consider the fact that the number of adults being prescribed them increased by 67 percent - from 8.1 million to 13.5 million - between 1996 and 2013. 
Benzos are also extremely addictive - hence the short-term treatment periods - and our bodies adjust to them when taken consistently over long periods of time, meaning we eventually need higher (and more dangerous) doses to achieve the same effects. 
This addictive quality becomes particularly dangerous when users begin taking both benzos and opioids at the same time, which is surprisingly common.
SHOULD WE AVOID BENZODIAZEPINES ALTOGETHER?
The simple answer, once again, is definitely not.
BUT there are coping mechanisms that we can develop and that people who use antidepressants can use to help reducing anxiety - many of which are involving tools that innately we have in us, rather than intake chemicals. 

Hypnosis is one of the most effective tools in controlling and reducing stress and anxiety. Hypnosis is a natural state that our mind use as an escape from the overload of message units that every day bombard our brains. Learning how to use it, can help people to release stress. 
Stress and Anxiety are increasing any conditions, either psychological or physiological of about 75%, according to studies. That means, that in any medical problems we experience, stress and anxiety contribute to the problem by aggravating it to almost the double. In fact, we often don't even cure the original source of the condition but rather we treat our anticipatory anxiety and stress for having the problem itself. 
The psychological danger of intake any substance in order to " control" our minds and/or body stands in the fact, that by taking a pill, I create an association with the medication and the restoration of a healthy state, we, therefore, attribute to an external source (pills) the power to stabilize our internal status, that follows the belief that we don't have the ability to be calm and relaxed otherwise. This is a type of habit that disempowers us.
In my sessions, I offer the opportunity to begin to create a healthy rapport in between our minds and our bodies, that leads to becoming our own "problem solver". 
https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/xanax-as-the-new-heroin-how-anti-anxiety-medications-are-fueling-an-epidemic?fbclid=IwAR1FbcN2jtgqczi9Cl7-qRAAr9_euywenw3v8OMnsJLhkUES6DkQ-KBzEY4

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