No. Many people avoid severe symptoms with a slow and sensible taper. Roughly 20 percent will experience no withdrawal symptoms at all, no matter the cessation method. But nobody should assume any given patient is in this minority. Anyone attempting to discontinue a benzodiazepine should err on the side of caution and taper slowly, and thus avoid or mitigate the most severe and/or protracted withdrawal symptoms. Some patients have horrible side effects on the drug, and relatively mild withdrawals. Everyone’s experience is different.