I knew I had to stop when I would take more than five pills a day and felt extreme anxiety with none of my triggers present. I have PTSD and anxiety issues so getting a prescription was no problem. My over use made me dependent on the mellow feeling and became a trigger for my anxiety itself when I wasn't able to take a pill. I recognized a dependency when I tried to go a day without a pill and felt literally like I was going insane. I got with my doctor and had him set me up to taper off slowly over a two month period. He also suggested medicinal Marijuana for a long term alternative to Xanax. It worked wonderfully. I had minimal side effects and when I was feeling the effects of detox I would smoke a small amount of Marijuana to offset it and to help with the nausea and anxiety. I do not smoke daily. I didn't swap one bad habit for another. I use less than a gram over a two month period and only smoke when I truly need it. I would advise anyone who wishes to kick their habit whether it is pills or booze to at least try my route before going cold turkey. I know not all treatments are the same, but really this worked for me and saved my life.