Benzo Trivia: What Do You Really Know?
Updated: Mar 21
How much do you know about benzos? About withdrawal? About anxiety and insomnia? Want to test that knowledge? Well, this is the place. It’s time to lighten the mood a bit and have some fun. Welcome to our first-ever Benzo Trivia episode.
In today’s episode of the podcast, we ask the questions, and you provide the answers. I provide a series of questions in five separate categories related to benzos, allow you time to answer, and then provide the answers with a little background on each. I hope you enjoy it.
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00:00 Introduction 06:18 BENZO TRIVIA – Intro 08:49 Benzos, the Drug 16:50 Anxiety, Insomnia, and Benzos 21:30 The Benzo Community 24:51 Benzo Withdrawal 33:15 True or False: Rapid Fire 39:28 Closing
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FEATURE – BENZO TRIVIA
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