Benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and anything that ends with -zepam (generic name). I pretty much view these drugs as evil. I hate how doctors give them out so easily when someone says they have problems sleeping or with anxiety. These pills do help greatly, but they are only meant to be used short term, a month or less. Any longer than that and you will get physically addicted. They are best used in very short term or only very occasionally, for medical use only. Benzo addiction is very dangerous and one of the hardest drugs to quit. It is one of the few drugs that can actually kill you from the withdrawals -- one other such drug is alcohol. They can also easily be deadly when mixed with alcohol or other downers. You go to sleep and never wake up. It scares me so much when I hear of young kids "partying" in this way by combining pills with alcohol, without a second thought. It is so reckless and stupid. I wish they were better educated. This is a personal issue for me because my first boyfriend was addicted to benzos for several years due to severe anxiety he's had all his life. He does not remember a few years of his teenage life, including a few months of our relationship, because benzos absolutely killed his memory. Thankfully he went to a treatment program for a few weeks and came out clean, he has not touched them since. I am so proud of him for overcoming his addictions. Anyone can do it if they make the choice and commit. If you are struggling with benzo addiction, I believe in you!