Search Results for: benzodiazepine

‘Benzodiazepines treat anxiety, cause long-term problems’ by Markian Hawryluk

…cripts per patient in one year. More than 1 in 10 Oregonians were taking a benzodiazepine last year. Moreover, 45 percent of those taking benzodiazepines refilled their prescription for at least three consecutive months. “Oftentimes, these are prescribed first when there are other alternatives,” said Todd Beran, program coordinator for the monitoring program. “Maybe 1 percent of the population is receiving it on a monthly basis over time, but 1 pe…

Read More ➔

‘Benzodiazepine Guidance’ by djmac

…r prolonged use, which will resolve within 6 months or a year of stopping• Benzodiazepines may also aggravate depression and can precipitate suicidal tendencies in depressed patients Use of benzodiazepine and Z-drug hypnotics is associated with an increased risk of many physical health conditions and death Fits are rare. The guidance is solid, based on evidence or experience and is certainly the best and most robust piece of work I have seen on th…

Read More ➔

Marta’s Story: Recovering from benzodiazepine addiction

…search on diazepam. I did not know that my meds belonged to a group called benzodiazepines… when I typed benzodiazepine that’s when I accidentally found Benzo Island. It was a support forum and I could not believe how my story was so common. People like me with the same complaints! It was sad but also a huge RELIEF to me. I could hardly see with the floods of tears in my eyes… I wasn’t going mad. It wasn’t all in my head. I managed to type a few w…

Read More ➔

‘My Story of Benzo Withdrawal and Activism’ by Barry Haslam

…them. In 2004 I managed to ‘persuade’ Oldham Primary Care Trust to fund a Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Service for persons living in the town. We estimated that at the time we had 5,200 such long-term prescribed benzodiazepine drug addicts in our area. The contract to provide such services was won by a Charity called Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) which has over 30 branches in the northwest of England. It is the only National Health fully-fund…

Read More ➔

“Benzodiazepine withdrawal as told by a woman in the midst of it…” by Monica Cassani

…ory that is still widely denied within psychiatry and medicine in general. Benzodiazepines are not the only psychiatric drug that create this sort of withdrawal syndrome. Please educate yourself about psych drug withdrawal syndromes here. For more information on Benzodiazepines in particular see here: BENZO INFO (includes news, information on safer withdrawal, and personal stories) We do recover! See stories on the BENZO INFO page and more stories…

Read More ➔

‘Why Don’t They Know? A Letter to My Doctor’ by Lisa D.

…ated, depressed, insecure, angry, confused shell of a person. These drugs, benzodiazepines especially in my case, were soul-sucking, and I believe this happens to most people in time, causing a descent into the world of psychiatric diagnosis and drugging that many never escape from. After our relationship ended, I was hospitalized twice at Rogers, completed two extensive partial programs there, and was given more diagnoses and even more drugs. I w…

Read More ➔

‘Prescribing Influences in Mental Health’ by Heather Ashton

…e effects of prescription drugs on the mind. Professor Ashton’s manual for benzodiazepine withdrawal is available worldwide at no financial benefit for the author but of great emotional and personal benefit to many thousands of people who have accessed this detailed manual. The manual is available on benzo.org.uk and many other web sites. Professor Ashton ran a benzodiazepine withdrawal clinic in Newcastle for several years and helped hundreds of…

Read More ➔

Recovery Road website from Baylissa (Bliss) Frederick

…for people affected by withdrawal and dependency on sleeping pills, other benzodiazepine tranquillisers, Z-drugs and antidepressants. There is also information for family members, families, counsellors, doctors and others who provide care. The aim of the website is to help people feel reassured, encouraged and empowered. There are lots of videos to watch as well as content to read. And there is a great Bloom in Wellness page. This page ‘dis…

Read More ➔

‘It Gets Better!’ by Bertel Rüdinger

…writing the letter. That process is bogged down in a neuroleptic mist and benzodiazepine-induced haze but somehow I had both the strength and the insight to write this letter to my future self. I remember seeing the envelope when I moved to a supported living facility in 2006 and again in 2009 when I moved into my own apartment and lastly when I bought my current home and moved there in 2011. In 2006 and in 2009 I was still heavily medicated so I…

Read More ➔

“The Other Side’ by Matt Samet

…hat December 5 marked the seven-year anniversary of the last time I took a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. I had been prescribed the pills for a “panic disorder” starting at age 21, and took them daily from 1998 to 2005 as a “prophylaxis” against anxiety, in ever-escalating doses as prescribed. My final dose was, I think, a quarter-milligram of lorazepam, administered on the fourth-floor Affective Disorders Unit of the Meyer Psychiatry Building, at t…

Read More ➔

‘Support for those in Withdrawal Who Struggle With Family & Friends Not Understanding’ by Baylissa Frederick

…heroin receives more attention and holds more credibility than protracted benzodiazepine and antidepressant withdrawal. It is saddening indeed that those in withdrawal are so terribly misunderstood. As the days turn into months, sometimes years, some of you may find that friends and family become less accessible and less understanding. No amount of explaining, giving of information and pleas for empathy and understanding seems to work. Withdrawal…

Read More ➔

‘Recovery and Renewal’ by Baylissa Frederick

…don ‘This book gives warm-hearted understanding and practical advice about benzodiazepine and antidepressant dependence and withdrawal. It is based on personal experience, since the author has herself been through withdrawal. She is an experienced counsellor who has already helped many others through her support group, Recovery Road; this new edition will extend her proved success and will be a help to many others.‘ Professor C Heather Ashton, DM,…

Read More ➔

‘Detoxification: the ‘nuts and the bolts’ by Peapod

…something you do with the support of the prescriber. Alcohol, GHB/GBL and Benzodiazepine detoxes are particularly dangerous if not medically supervised. 2. If you are coming off opiates, discuss whether you want to use methadone or Suboxone to detox. In some areas you might also have the option of lofexidine (Britlofex) too. Occasionally some doctors offer a dihydrocodeine (DF118) detox. Iʼm going to write a separate article on choosing between a…

Read More ➔

Sapphire’s Recovery Story: ‘It should all be about the person’

…stability to a person’s life. After years of an addiction to heroin, benzodiazepines and crack, she is in a loving relationship and has the love of her family back. Sapphire loves her job and travels extensively. 1. School daysIf you’d have asked me at the time why I started taking drugs, I’d have said either, a) I like them, or b) everyone else is doing it. Looking back on it though, I think that as a child I never really felt like I fitted…

Read More ➔

What Works in Treatment?: Sapphire’s Story, Part 2

…therefore a bit easier to taper from. Moreover, as they are a long-acting benzodiazepine, they are supposedly easier to come off than the shorter-acting benzos, although they certainly didn’t feel ‘easy’. I started on 40mg/day of diazepam and reduced by 1mg a week. The detox from benzos was one of the worst things I have ever been through. I continued being reduced by 1mg a week until I got to 2mg a day of diazepam, and then my GP stopped the scr…

Read More ➔

‘A Caregiver’s Story – And How I Became an Addict’ by Madeline Goldstein

…Caregiving and Minnetonka, MN: Evercare. (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzodiazepine_dependence Madeline Goldstein has been a dance and fitness instructor for over 10 years. She is also a freelance writer and community activist. She presently resides in Boulder, CO and is in the process of forming a psych med support group in her area.’ I am amazed and touched by the courage that Madeline has shown during her experiences. Her Story will…

Read More ➔

Baylissa’s journey off clonazepam

…Baylissa suffered from dystonia since childhood and was given a prescription for a benzodiazepine called clonazepam in order to minimise a facial tic on her wedding day. She soon became addicted and subsequently spent three years in withdrawal. However, this terrible experience led to her work as a withdrawal support counsellor and – fully recovered – she now has no regrets….

Read More ➔