I suggest to you that you are not as informed as you think. I’m just now feeling ‘better’ (still have long term issues that flare up with stress) after nearly *7* years. I can truthfully say that most people would not be able to handle what I went thru the first 6 years or so. It might behoove you to check out BenzoBuddies or Surviving Antidepressants (there’s a benzo section) and the get back to us. I also agree that forcing someone such as yourself, at your age and duration of “therapy” is not at all compassionate. ps just because you successfully got off benzos before does not mean you cannot now experience a traumatic withdrawal (I personally tapered 0.5 mg of Klonopin for a year and a half and still became deathly ill). Best of luck to you. I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of success with the very elderly and benzos; they invariably decompensate, or suffer a bad fall…you do know they’re linked to dementia, right? Right? What? Your doc didn’t tell you that part?? .