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A Psychiatrist’s Perspective: Conversation with Dr. Alexis Ritvo (Part 1 of 2)

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

Dr. Alexis Ritvo is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also Medical Director for the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices and Co-Chair for the Benzodiazepine Action Work Group. In Part I of our conversation with Dr. Ritvo, we dive into the world of benzo advocacy and outreach. We discuss ongoing work in the benzo community including guidance documentation, prescriber education, peer support training, and so much more. I hope you enjoy it.

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00:00 INTRODUCTION 15:30 INTERVIEW Intro 17:51 Dr. Ritvo’s Background 21:05 Learning About Benzo Dependence 23:58 Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG) 28:33 Guidance Documents 31:07 Prescriber Education 36:28 Peer Support Training 41:10 Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices 43:20 Alliance Projects 48:23 CLOSING



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INTRODUCTION — Benzo Warrior (Website): — Benzo Warrior (Facebook):

INTERVIEW WITH DR. RITVO — The University of Colorado School of Medicine: — The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices: — Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG):


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