I understand they all have potential for abuse, but I just need something to take before social gatherings occasionally. I do not drink and need something to relax. (prefer not to use Xanax)
Benzos taken once in a while for social anxiety will not make you addicted to them. If you take them enough you may be dependent. Only you can make them addicting to you by taking more then prescribed for the other effects of benzos, not to treat your anxiety.
vistaril would be a good choice for a start tho, since its not a benzo at all.
Hello bigtima90. The Benzodiazepines as you mentioned are extremely addictive. The short acting ones, such as Serax or Xanax used for high stress moments/panic attacks/social occasions, are likely to be abused (through no fault of the user) since they have such a short half life, the drug wears off to quickly and before you know it, the body asks for another pill/capsule. I suggest a SSRI, such as Paxil, taken in a low dose, daily basis, will certainly ease anxiety. It will not perform as a benzodiazepine but then again, its not meant to. Chances of going through a detox to get off from Paxil are slim compared to say, a Xanax addiction. Regards, pledge
I should have clarified a bit further...
When I said "prefer not to use Xanax", I simply was grouping short-term benzos together. What I am looking for is a long-term benzo that presents less potential for abuse and addiction. Again, I understand that all of them have this, it's just that I am tired of using something that does not work. I would only be taking it (at most) 2-3 times a week for presentations, speeches, and the occasional social gathering. This would not be a daily recurrence, I do not trust short-term medications as far as I can throw them.
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