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The Truth About Prescription Pills: One Writer's Story of Anxiety and Addiction
May 5, 2014

I’d been taking 1.5 milligrams of Klonopin a day, a moderate dose, since I’d stopped drinking, though I’d been on and off it throughout my 20s to help assuage the disquietude I’d long battled. And it worked marvelously. Any self-defeating thoughts and stress about work, family, relationships—the tightness in my chest where my worry takes hold—were almost instantly dissipated once I popped one of those little yellow tablets... 

“Benzos are cheap, easy, and don’t require any effort on the part of the patient,” says Franklin Schneier, M.D., a research psychiatrist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute. “They work rapidly, and they are effective. But they have several disadvantages, too.” 

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