These drugs are potent and highly addictive and withdrawal can be complicated, painful and traumatic. Successful and safe withdrawal from the prescribed dose can take up to eighteen months or more, and may be followed by a post-withdrawal syndrome. Many addicts are unable to withdraw without specialised help.

The Department of Health has for many years excluded this illness from treatment.
The National Treatment Agency (now Public Health England) which provides drug services for the Department of Health had no remit to provide tranquilliser withdrawal services until April 2013 and still does not provide appropriate treatment nationally.

GPs often do not have the time, training or expertise to deal with this problem.

After taking benzodiazepines for longer than two weeks DO NOT STOP ABRUPTLY STOP – gradual tapering is required.

A list of Voluntary Support is given below: