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 →

My question as posed to a few benzo boards

I don't hang out on benzo boards much anymore. They tend to be horrifyingly scary and unnecessarily alarming. Also I think on some of them, information that is genuinely reckless is routinely given out. So after gathering tons of info over a couple of years time I stopped frequenting them. They've definitely played a very... Continue Reading →

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 →

Letter to the director of the detox program that screwed me

For background info read this here. I wrote this letter to the director of the detox place I went to about 8 days ago. He responded with one sentence about an hour later saying, "I am pulling together information and will send you a detailed response." The subject line from me read: "I hope you... Continue Reading →

I’m oh so close…

I DO NOT RECOMMEND IV nutrient therapy for withdrawal. While they may not cause any harm they are most likely a waste of money. I do think that on occasion some people do find them helpful, but they did not help me at all and most people I know who've tried them felt the same.... Continue Reading →

Excuse my language

I'm so fucking disoriented I think I took my Valium twice tonight. I'm alone this weekend. Sent Paul off to New York where he could participate in a conference for his work. He hesitated to leave me alone and I convinced him to go. The last thing I want is for him to feel he... Continue Reading →

This ain’t no psych ward, nor is it a traditional detox but I still feel like shit

Okay. I've arrived. I actually came in yesterday as the trip here--two days in the car, was rough. I feel a bit like I'm in the twilight zone. In some good ways, and some not so good. The first thing I did before entering the center was go see a doc. She was the most... Continue Reading →

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