Benzos are very addictive.
Pharmaceutical benzodiazepines (BZDs) are rarely truly addictive, however, if taken regularly for more than a month or two they will probably create a physical dependence, as will antidepressants, some of which can be at least as hard to quit as BZDs. What is the difference between addiction and dependence? Well very few people on BZD will continue to take these meds in the face of almost certain death as the patients addicted to a common pain killer did in this study
(and I bet you never though it was potentially addictive).
BTW-you're already dependent on the small quantities of natural BZDs
, which include diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) found in all foods. In fact so dependent that if you were able to eat a BZD free diet your would soon begin the experience unrelenting seizures and eventually die. Fortunately, this is virtually impossible.
That said, IMHO, BZDs are not good primary, taken daily meds for anxiety because of the uncertainty of getting prescriptions for them in the future as more and more doctors succumb to benzophobia.
And I'm not sure if this is correct but even if some stop ssri's can the sexual side effects remain?
While there are anecdotal claims that the effects continue, there is no physical mechanism which would account for this that I'm aware of, so I suspect any ongoing issues are being driven by other factors, probably mostly psychological.