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Elements of addiction Mr. Scott

Posted by jimmygold70 on February 16, 2002, at 2:13:49

In reply to Trashing Benzos, posted by Mr. Scott on February 15, 2002, at 19:38:39

The real big question about a drug is if you get ADDICTED to it. There are three elements of addiction:
1) Dependence
2) Tolerance
3) Drug-seeking behavior

Tolerance (increasing the dose all the time) and drug-seeking behavior (spending time and effort getting the drug) does occur with benzos but not with Effexor. People suffering from anxiety does not have those symptoms while on either Benzos or Effexor, but others do (see Bush's daughter). Tolerance does develop in anxiety patients but it is generally limited.

The dependence on Benzos compared to Effexor is much stronger. People have much harder time stopping Benzos related to Effexor albeit both have withdrawal symptoms.

That is why Effexor is less addicting than Benzos. Period.

Jimmy



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