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studies began to document their abuse potential. In 1979, the Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research held a hearing on the drugs, where Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said, "If you require a daily dose of Valium to get through each day, you are hooked and you should seek help." The next year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse declared that beijing massage withdrawal from the drugs was in fact mild, "seldom leading to any serious consequences," and physical dependence was mostly avoidable. Pharmaceutical companies began releasing new types of benzodiazepines, marketing some for panic attacks and sleep problems. Heather Ashton, a professor of clinical psychopharmacology at Newcastle University in England, who has studied the drugs since the early 1980s, said long-term use also affects one's mental state. "For one thing, which is what people regret most, there is a breakup of family massage, because you're in a sort of daze; you don't realize that you're neglecting your children, or not listening to them or forget what they're saying," she said.
Some doctors have been turning to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Paxil, to replace benzodiazepines in the treatment of anxiety, although those antidepressants may also produce withdrawal symptoms. Steven Daviss, chairman of psychiatry at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, said SSRIs are a safer alternative for panic and anxiety disorders, with less risk for dependence and a less dangerous withdrawal. The ordeal of withdrawing from benzodiazepines can rival that of kicking a heroin habit, according to some who have had success. Abrupt withdrawal can result in hallucinations, seizures and even death, experts say. Last year, after jail officials in Cleveland denied R&B singer Sean Levert's repeated requests for his Xanax, he hallucinated for hours and ultimately died from the effects of withdrawal, according to the coroner's report cited in court records. His widow sued the corrections center and medical staff. The suit is pending.
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Some physicians recommend that people experiencing anxiety and panic attacks exhaust other options before turning to the drugs. According to Jerilyn Ross, the director of the Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Washington, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat anxiety and panic disorders; she said it is effective on its own 90 percent of the time. For Starr, the financial consultant who attends addiction meetings, his withdrawal from Klonopin was massage-altering. He said he started taking the drug in 1996, after experiencing anxiety about a pending divorce. A psychiatrist he saw had recommended the medication. "I was overwhelmed by massage at the time," Starr said. "I didn't really feel that mood-altering substances were necessarily the answer to massage, but at the time that was my alternative." Soon after starting to take the drug beijing massage , Starr's anxiety began to disappear. But over time, it came back, and the medication was not as effective. Six years later, he said, he went to see a new psychiatrist, and she told him he needed to get off Klonopin, that he had become addicted. "It was like a shock to me," he said. Shortly after, Starr made the decision to withdraw and began to taper off the drug. He felt withdrawal symptoms immediately and took an extended leave from work. "It was ripping me apart inside," he said. After taking his last pill in February 2002, Starr said, "the fireworks started." Over a year and a half, he could sleep for no more than a few hours at a time, his beijing massage heart raced and he had night sweats. Sometimes he couldn't tell if he was speaking clearly, and he completely withdrew from family and friends. No one could tell him how long the symptoms would last. "All I saw was horror, and I didn't see any way out," he said. After 2 1/2 years, he started to return to eight hours of sleep.