A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

It’s no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell, even if you follow your doctor’s instructions? Such is the case with Benzodiazepines, or “benzos” for short. These drugs, which include popular brands like Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Halcion, are used to treat conditions like anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures.

My psychiatrist put me on Klonopin almost 10 years ago to help ease the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son’s addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm me down and help me sleep, which, given my circumstances back then, sounded like a wonderful dream. Unfortunately, I ended up living a Klonopin nightmare, all because my former doctor failed to fully educate me.

Here are five shocking facts I wish my doctor had told me about benzos.