More good feedback in these posts, thanks NeverAgain & Frotob.
So far, there's more responders saying steady-dose long-term use of BZDs can be safe & not produce tolerance, than those insisting you're definitely going to encounter tolerance & withdrawal problems...on this
forum. Obviously, on another forum where the main focus is withdrawal problems, the response will be heavily weighted the other way. Because as Frotob says, if you do
encounter physical/mental side fx, it sucks, it's really tough, and the prescribing Drs are often no help, either in prescribing it properly or supporting with tapering off. So you naturally get on a 'help-this-is-awful' forum and become part of the med denouncers.
Frotob says they're just an outspoken minority, and NeverAgain thinks it's devolving into Med Madness, where morons are lobbying against all kinds of beneficial drugs just cause a small portion has had a rough time with them.
I'm not ready to agree with either of those things...yet. Still would like to hear more personal histories from long-term BZD users, and I hope they post here. I try not to label people "morons," maybe just misguided people who jumped to wrong conclusions from a few bad experiences. And I'm still not certain long-term BZD users noticing their having tolerance or side f/x issues are in the minority.
What I do know is that these are very powerful
drugs. They are definitely mind-altering, and they have a concentrated & cumulative effect on your GABA, serotonin & norepinephrine receptors. That's just measured & proven scientific fact, not opinion. Since the only thing most people "feel" from a BZD is a nice calming down of their mind & nerves, they're naturally gonna say, "Well that's harmless enough." They can't "feel" the changes taking place in their receptors or brain so they don't think about that. And they may not notice the longer-term effects, like emotional blunting, lack of creativity, changes in sleeping patterns, and vision or brain tics until 5, 10 or 15 years down the road...and by then it could be too late to stop if the decide they don't want those side fx.
So while I would agree with NeverAgain that their may be a bit too much overreaction on the part of anti-med crusaders, I do think it's important to tell the whole
truth about just how concentrated and biochemistry-effecting these drugs are, and not just go, "Well, I'm taking them, they feel fine to me, and everything's cool
Hope to hear from more of you as this dialogue continues.