Benzodiazepine (benzo) withdrawal symptoms typically last for a few weeks to a few months, but in rare cases, some individuals may experience prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for years. This condition is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) or protracted withdrawal.
PAWS is a relatively uncommon condition, but it can occur in individuals who have used high doses of benzos for a prolonged period, have a history of mental health conditions, or have experienced repeated withdrawal episodes in the past.
The symptoms of PAWS can include anxiety, depression, insomnia, cognitive difficulties, and other physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms can wax and wane over time, and they can be challenging to manage and treat.
It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing prolonged benzo withdrawal symptoms, especially if you have severe or persistent symptoms. A doctor can monitor your symptoms, provide medications to manage your symptoms, and ensure that you are receiving proper medical care.
If you are experiencing prolonged benzo withdrawal symptoms, it is important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a long-term management plan. This plan may include medication, therapy, and other supportive treatments to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.