A bit about benzodiazepines. And boats.
Snorting caffeine powder is bad for you. That's just obvious. To everyone.
Oxycodone? Heroin? Also pretty common knowledge that you'd better be careful.
But psychiatrists and GPs are prescribing benzodiazepines like it's 1999. With abandon.
Xanax. Ativan. Klonopin. Valium. Restoril. Librium. Serax.
So appealing. "Immediate relief from anxiety, stress or insomnia." Floating, numb, peaceful, RELIEF. Brilliant.
And for the doctor, an instant business model of happy returning customers who can't stop taking the Xanax without going into a state of high anxiety and potentially life-threatining withdrawal. Bonanza.
The catch is that benzodiazepines frequently induce tolerance. That means more and more drug required to get the same affect. And the cardinal symptom of benzo withdrawal is anxiety. Anxiety just like they treat. Indistinguishable. It's a trap.
So be careful out there. And think twice before letting some well-intentioned doctor prescribe you Xanax just to get you out of the office. There are many safer treatments for insomnia, anxiety and panic. Like boats.