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Using tranquilizers to deal with everyday difficulties causes the same problem association with all depressant drugs: long-term dependence of a particularly stubborn kind. It is very difficult to wean people off benzodiazepines since the withdrawal is unpleasant and dangerous. Even though the health consequences of dependence on tranquilizers may be less severe than those of dependence on alcohol, the result is the same. There is no treatment of the underlying causes of anxiety, merely the creation of a legal drug habit.

The maker of Valium and Librium at one time pushed the idea of using these drugs to treat alcoholics, and many doctors followed their advice. When the alcoholics drank less, the doctors imagined they had achieved something, but all they had really done was to substitute one sedative-hypnotic for another. (One expert on alcoholism has called Valium "whiskey in a pill.")

Throughout history, doctors have relied on mood-altering drugs to deal with difficult patients. Psychoactive drugs change the way people feel, satisfy patients' desires for medicine, and make doctors feel they have been useful — or at least make the patients go away. A hundred years ago, opium and alcohol were the mainstays of medical treatment along with cannabis (marijuana). At the turn of the century, cocaine was doled out for all sorts of complaints. Today, Valium and Xanax are some of the

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