The Truth about Tranquilizers

"... or How we managed to quit Benzodiazepines and learned to "Just Say No" to these highly addictive and dangerous drugs."

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This site's purpose is to increase the public awareness of the problems presented by modern tranquilizer medication, the medication that generally includes a multitude of some 20-30 common synthetic drugs of the so-called benzodiazepine family. They are so called because they all share the same chemical charestiristics and thus belong in the same category, furthermore all of their effects on the human body are more or less similiar, which you'll find more information on from the details section. This site is an apolitical, private and not-for-profit website that was established solely for the purpose of driving a restriction in the disposal of this medication from today's lax prescription writing all across the world. This can only be accomplished by making the wide public aware of how dangerous and addictive these drugs really are - they should be at least as well controlled, if not more so, as opiate-painkillers such as Morphine, for their addictive potential is as great, if not greater, and their withdrawal symptoms are more serious and can directly cause permanent damage or even death to the individual who is undergoing withdrawal after prolonged use of these substances.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bear in mind that you should NEVER quit using any benzodiazepine immediately without consulting your doctor or whoever prescribed the medication to you, and in most cases, the dosage should be very slowly and carefully be tapered down to a lower level little by little - a process that might last several months or in worst cases, even years, to get you off these drugs completely.


11/14/2004 - "The Truth about Tranquilizers" organization is formed and a web-site devoted to informing the public, sharing recovery experiences and answering questions about benzodiazepine over-prescription, mis-prescription, correct use, abuse, dangers of withdrawal, tapering process and real life stories of people who have managed to overcome different psychological problems via other means by giving up tranquilizers voluntarily. A benzodiazepine-dependency survivor and a Medical Doctor form the organization at the present time and are devoting their spare time to this task. We owe inspiration to other sites on this subject, and several medical studies and books (Please see our links and recommended reading & references section for more details.)

Xanax, Ativan, Valium etc. are trademarks of their respective owners.

The contents of this site are copyrighted 2004 by the author and the organisation "Truth about Tranquilizers". The material here is only presented for the viewing of the general public on the Internet for free. Any copying, printing, publishing, reprinting or other reproduction of this material as a whole, or any portions of it, is prohibited without a PRIOR written permission from this site's author and his non-profit organisation "Truth about Tranquilizers". The author and his organisation may be contacted, and encourages the public to do so for any reason related to this site or subject by e-mail at:

None of the information contained on this site is meant to present a medical advice. ALWAYS consult your own doctor or physician for your personal medical issues. The "Truth about Tranquilizers" organization will not take any responsibilty for any acts that people may or may not carry out as a result of this material. Please see our earlier notice, never quit tranquilizers immediately, Again, ALWAYS consult your physician or doctor first.

Please note that most benzodiazepines are named differently in the United States, U.K. and Europe. For example, Xanax (alprazolam) is known as Xanax in the US whereas across the whole Europe it's marketing label is Xanor. Valium is another example: in the UK and US it is available under the brand name Valium, while in most other European countries it's sold under names such as Diapam, Diazepam, Medipam, Stesolid and such. For this reason this site refers to the US brand names of the products in question and includes the active ingredient (such as alprazolam) in all of it's references to these substances. An incomplete, yet fairly comprehensive list of the differences in product labels will also be available on this site as soon as the author has finished it.

Please contact us with comments, suggestions or your own stories and we'll share them! Any input about our site or improvement suggestions are also welcomed. Also, if you wish us to link to your site that is related to this subject in any way, please let us know - most importantly, never hesitate to contact us for any reason. Your e-mails will only be published on this site if they are released for publishing by your authorization, and even then you may choose to have them published anonymously. Our address is:

Stories, documents, facts and commentary

Section 1: One person's recovery experience

Section 2: Dirty tricks, or how did Upjohn Company manage to turn Xanax (alprazolam) into the most successful and the most prescribed Benzodiazepine in mere couple of years after it was first approved.

Section 3: What's wrong with Xanax (alprazolam) and why we think it's one of the worst benzos on the market - perhaps the most addictive and the least useful.

Section 4: Mother's little helper - The story of Valium (diazepam), the classic and still widely popular benzodiazepine - One of the first benzodiazepines that were ever used.

Links, recommended reading and references

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) summary on benzodiazepines.

Betty's site about benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, including personal experiences.

A very informative U.K.-centric site titled "Benzodiazepine Addiction, Withdrawal & Recovery", huge document collection

"Benzodiazepine Awareness Network"'s petition to medical companies and doctors to place strict limits on benzodiazepine prescription and to act responsibly. Please join in and sign the online-petition!

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