Five per cent of adults are prescribed anti-anxiety medication like Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium each year. Prolonged use of these benzodiazepines can lead to dependency and addiction. What are the risks associated with benzo dependency, and how can you deal with the withdrawal symptoms? ‘Benzos’ are commonly prescribed by doctors to give temporary relief to sufferers of anxiety and insomnia, but prolonged consumption can eventually make the underlying problem worse. Dependency and addiction are all too common with this growing yet little talked about epidemic, and withdrawal can result in uncontrollable emotional responses and – in acute cases – death.