I actually started out taking benzos every once in awhile. I developed a dependence just doing this and had to eventually take at least .5 mg of Klonopin/day just to avoid withdrawal. Of course I had to take more in certain situations though. That's still PRN. Then a doctor put me on Xanax XR PRN and the same thing happened. I became dependent from PRN.
There's so many bad things that happen from benzos. You take it PRN one day and the next day you feel rebound anxiety and want to take benzo to stop it. Then you get dependent, then eventually you build up a tolerance, then rebound anxiety and rebound insomnia gets worse. Then anxiety in general gets worse then it ever was before you ever started benzos. This is what benzos do in the long run. They make your anxiety worse and **** up your brain like alcohol.
Look up research studies on the long term effects of both benzos and alcohol. They are very similar and terrible. Benzos are basically a legal form of alcohol in a pill without the hangover.
Then there are doctors who should know better that give bad advice and often cold turkey or fast taper their patients off of benzos and **** em up. Then there are ignorant people on here that say it's fine to CT too. You may do fine CT, but I doubt it and I wouldn't out of an abundance of caution.
Got up to 3 mg Xanax XR and 2 mg Klonopin/day. Had a lot of problems with tolerance, dependence, interdose withdrawal, rebound anxiety, rebound insomnia and worsening of anxiety in general before I did some research and found out the nasty consequences of taking benzos long term. Thanks to my docs for not informing me and having no clue on how to taper off them properly.
Down to 1 mg Valium/day and slowly tapering off this crap.