Updated: Mar 12
What do we call this condition so many of us have been dealing with for so long? Benzo withdrawal? Protracted Withdrawal? Persistent Benzo Withdrawal? Benzo Toxicity? Benzo Brain Injury? Or something completely different?
In today’s episode of the podcast, we introduce a new term to many of you — Benzodiazepine-Induced Neurological Dysfunction (BIND). We look at what it means, where it came from, and why we believe it’s important? We also answer a couple of questions and share a benzo story. Hope you enjoy it.
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00:00 INTRODUCTION 02:24 The Overwhelm 05:57 Podcast Schedule 06:19 Benzo Newsletters 08:53 MAILBAG 08:56 More Symptoms After Last Dose? 13:48 Pins and Needles Common? 17:21 BENZO STORY 25:18 FEATURE: What Is BIND? 25:59 Definitions, Terms & Confusion 30:01 Benzo Survey Publication 33:14 Alliance Sponsorship 35:10 The Nosology Paper 37:36 Why this Term? Will it Stick? 40:44 BIND vs. Withdrawal 43:02 Physiological Changes 44:16 Changing Terminology 46:14 Doctors See WD, not BIND 47:02 Progress Being Made 48:16 Helping Out Helps 53:20 MOMENT OF PEACE
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BENZO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS — Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG): https://corxconsortium.org/work-groups/benzodiazepine — The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices: https://benzoreform.org — Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC): https://benzoinfo.com
SUPPORT INFO — The Ashton Manual — https://easinganxiety.com/ashton — BIC: “What Is Benzodiazepine Protracted Withdrawal?” — https://www.benzoinfo.com/protracted-withdrawal-syndrome
MEDICAL REFERENCES — Ashton, H. (1995). Protracted withdrawal from benzodiazepines: The post-withdrawal syndrome. Psychiatric Annals, 25(3), 174-179. https://doi.org/10.3928/0048-5713-19950301-11/.— Ashton H. Protracted withdrawal syndromes from benzodiazepines. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1991;8(1-2):19-28. doi: 10.1016/0740-5472(91)90023-4. PMID: 1675688. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1675688. — Pétursson H. The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Addiction. 1994 Nov;89(11):1455-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1994.tb03743.x. PMID: 7841856. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7841856.
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