The accidental addict –documentary: benzodiazepines in the news

The Accidental Addict (NZ news magazine) Assignment programme from 1995 dealing with the issue of iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence. This is a 15 year old documentary. Why in hell are doctors still handing this crap out like candy? This phenomena of severe benzodiazepine withdrawal and post-withdrawal syndrome has been known about for two decades at least! The […]

Benzodiazepine Speech Withdrawal Symptoms (Dysarthria) – brief personal progress update too

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The below was written by one of the members on the benzo board I frequent. I found it useful and thought I would share it here too as these are symptoms not often talked about. The fact is this thread got lots of attention. These are relatively common withdrawal problems but you won’t find mention […]

Benzodiazepine Recovery Tips

Clearly, I’m reading and posting all these articles on benzodiazepines because I’m coping with the following issues with a post withdrawal syndrome. It’s a syndrome that can go on for many months and in some cases years. It’s much easier at this point in the journey to print the words of others who have gone […]

The Revival of the Market for Benzodiazepines — By Robert Whitaker, another glimpse into his new book

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This is a piece by Robert Whitaker that was written for the benzo community and published by a friend of mine in this newsletter on a benzo withdrawal support website. I received permission to reprint it here. One of the topics Whitaker’s new book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise […]

Benzodiazepine withdrawal and basic information page: Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam–to name the most commonly used

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I thought I would put a page together on benzo information and benzo withdrawal in particular since I have more collected info about this class of drug than the other 5 classes of psychotropic meds I’ve withdrawn from. Basically benzos and now antidepressant drugs are the two classes of drugs for which there is really quite a lot of info on the web regarding withdrawal. It’s still mostly anecdotal and not studied, but it’s been recognized much longer that there are severe problems with withdrawing from these two class of drugs so it’s easier to collect information regarding such.

So here is what has become a rather extensive collection of articles and stories that deal with just benzos.

Severity Of Post-Stay Depression in ICU May Be Predicted By Use Of Benzodiazepines

This of course comes as no surprise to those of us who have suffered at the hand of benzos. Especially those of us who have only taken benzos. These docs should be querying us—they would learn sooo much!! We KNOW that benzos cause depression in a good percentage of anyone using benzos not just those […]

Brief benzodiazepine withdrawal update

As most of you know I’ve withdrawn from 50 mg Seroquel, 400 mg Lamictal, 84 mg Concerta, 11 mg Risperdal and 200 mg of Zoloft in the last 5 years. I’m down to getting rid of the Klonopin that I was on up to 6 mg a day, but only addicted to 3 mg. (only, […]

SSRI/SNRI withdrawal symptoms and then Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms

The SSRI/SNRI symptoms are originally from this website on Effexor withdrawal. I thought after this list I would also put a benzo withdrawal symptom list. Unfortunately there has not been enough study of other psychotropic drug classes to come up with comprehensive lists, though in my experience in all my groups I’ve seen there is a […]

An awesome wikipedia page—benzodiazepine withdrawal

Wikipedia has a great page on benzodiazepine withdrawal and the potential hazards. If anyone ever doubts your experience of horror at getting off benzos direct them to this page that includes documentation of studies that prove benzos are nasty addictive shit. Of note it points out that people can become dependent within 7 days as […]

Benzos again—this time in the US media

I know and am friends with two of the people in this article. ABC news seems to be following the Guardians lead. Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years FDA, Patients Say Quitting ‘Benzos’ Abruptly Can Lead to Horrific Side Effects The positive effects of benzos are widely discussed in blogs, and in the media. But […]

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