I think it depends on the doctor or pdoctor and of course the patient. It might also vary from state to state. I have no problem getting klonopin thru my pdoc, and I have not had problems in the past thru others. The last two times I needed it I was on it for at least half a year and the first time for maybe two or three years, not sure, but I got off when I was ready without issues. Just carried them with me, "just in case" but rarely used them (sometimes not for years). Of course I was on an AD of some sort when I weaned off the klonopin. This time I am on it again for almost a year and a half, not going off soon, even though I am better but I still do not feel confident enough in the other meds I take nor have I been feeling good long enough to get past the "is it going to get worse again" feeling before I go off again. Its a good med at least for me, I don't drink, and I don't take more than needed. My pdoc is in no rush either, the main goal it to put the anxiety/depression into full remission. I have, however, seen some pdocs who do not view benzos favorably, so there are differences of opinion (and experiences?) out there.