Open Paradigm Project – Matt Samet

Rock climber, author, and Mad in America Blogger Matt Samet discusses his experience becoming addicted to, and subsequently coming off of, benzodiazepines. Check out Matt’s book Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape from Benzo Madness.

Climbing out of addiction and depression: Margo Talbot at TEDxCanmore

Great talk and pics and one hell of a recovery!

‘Current research suggests that addiction and depression are symptoms of emotional distress, not causes of it, forging the link between childhood trauma and mental illness. Margo Talbot’s journey supports these studies.

Diagnosed Bi Polar at age twenty-two, Margo spent the next fifteen years in suicidal depression before discovering the healing power of presence as the antidote to emotional trauma. Being present to our thoughts and emotions, not running the other way or masking them. Where best to practice the art of presence than the frozen world of ice climbing…

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Recovery from benzo addiction: Matt Samet

“One thing that helped me immensely was making contact with other people going through this. Just seeing stories that were so similar to your own and getting advice from people who’d been through this and knew there was another side…”

In my last blog on prescription drug addiction, Madeline mentioned Matt Samet during her Story. Well, here is Matt talking about his problems and recovery in a short Vimeo clip. You can read his Story here. Well worth the time!