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A New You: Life After Benzo Withdrawal (Recorded Live at Benzo Warrior)

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

So, you’ve withdrawn from benzodiazepines. You still have symptoms. You still have struggles. You still have life-altering changes. And you still ask yourself daily, when will I get back to normal? Well, maybe D can help.

In “A New You”, D E Foster discusses life after that last dose. He talks about BIND (benzo withdrawal), the healing journey, and shares his 10 tips for building a new life. He blends recent research with his own experiences and those of his friends at the Benzo Free Podcast. We hope you’ll check it out.

This event was recorded live on July 26, 2022, at a virtual event for Benzo Warrior.

Video ID: BWPres2022


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00:00 Welcome 00:23 Overview 00:51 A Bit About Me 04:23 A Bit About BIND 11:58 The Healing Journey 15:22 10 Tips for Building a New Life 16:50 1) It’s Your Journey 18:49 2) Acceptance 21:02 3) Healing 23:44 4) Move Forward 25:56 5) Seek Support 28:00 6) Build a Better You 31:03 7) A Body and Mind in Motion 32:51 8) Balanced Boundaries 35:02 9) Let the Good Times Roll 38:45 10) Finding Meaning 39:19 Resources


Episode Resources

The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Benzo Free of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.

WHERE TO FIND ME Easing Anxiety (EA) Benzodiazepine Action Work Group:

OTHER LEAD BENZO ORGANIZATIONS The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices: Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC): Benzo Warrior:

COACHING / THERAPY Jennifer Leigh, PsyD Baylissa Frederick, BMSc, MA

PEER SUPPORT Benzodiazepine Action Work Group Benzo Warrior:

PODCAST The Benzo Free Podcast

REFERENCES —The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices. Benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction (BIND). May 2022. — Ashton C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). Newcastle University 2002. — Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC). Withdrawal & Post Withdrawal Symptoms. Accessed 2018. — Blanco C, Han B, Jones CM, Johnson K, Compton WM. Prevalence and Correlates of Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders Among Adults in the United States. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018;79(6):18m12174. Published 2018 Oct 16. doi:10.4088/JCP.18m12174. — Finlayson A, Macoubrie J, Huff C, Foster D, Martin P. Experiences with benzodiazepine use, tapering, and discontinuation: an Internet survey. Ther Adv Psychopharmacol 2022;2:1-10. — Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press; 2018. — Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death & Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy & Their Own Families. New York: Scribner; 1969. — National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Research suggests benzodiazepine use is high while use disorder rates are low. 2018. — Trickett, Shirley. Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines. Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 33(254)(September 1983):608. Accessed April 17, 2018. — U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA requiring Boxed Warning updated to improve safe use of benzodiazepine drug class. Published September 23, 2020.


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