Benzos cause chronic issues and rebound “anxiety” that are far worse than original issue

A collection of studies on Robert Whitaker's website that show how benzodiazepines create worse havoc in the bodies of those given them: Benzodiazepines/Anxiety In the early 1980s, governmental medical authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom concluded that benzodiazepines were addictive and should not be used on a long-term basis. Studies showed that... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Revival of the Market for Benzodiazepines — By Robert Whitaker,

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... Continue Reading →

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

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particular since I have more collected info about this class of drug than the other 5 classes of psychotropic meds I've withdrawn from.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.

Warnings of the dangers of benzodiazepines hit the media

About 2 decades too late and a good decade after the alarm bell was sounded in the UK but it's better late than never. From the Washington Post: Benzodiazepines, often prescribed to manage anxiety, panic and sleep disorders, include Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin. Originally pushed as an alternative to barbiturates, their use has grown... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

Xanax treatment immediately after stress exposure interferes with the normal HPA-stress response and increases vulnerability to subsequent stress

Yup, in other words, treating a trauma with a benzo makes the long term outcome worse. It seems to disrupt the bodies natural healing process and increases startle and trauma responses over time. Again, trusting the body to heal itself seems to be something no one wants to do. This is an abstract from PubMed.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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