Benzodiazepines are highly addictive, so doses administered for extended periods contribute to a higher risk of dependency. Benzodiazepine dependence is common in regular prescriptions taken for four weeks or longer, and dependence occurs in almost one-third of patients.4
Risk factors for benzodiazepine addiction include a high dosage – especially for short-acting, higher-potency benzos – a long time frame of prescribed use, and other personality and health factors that vary from person to person.
Dependency on benzodiazepine also occurs because of the common withdrawal symptoms. For many individuals, it is easier to continue benzodiazepine use than to go through the symptoms of withdrawal, ultimately leading to dependency and higher tolerance.4.