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Benzos & Surgery: A Journey of Anxiety, Recovery, Medication, and Success (Part 1 of 2)

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

What happens when you need surgery during protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal (BIND)? How do you manage the anxiety? Do you take meds? Benzos? Opioids? How do you handle recovery? Join D on his personal 14-day journey.

In part 1 of this 2-part series, D discusses his anxiety, insomnia, and other complications leading up to the surgery. He also shares his fear of cancellation, his struggles to find courage, and his reliance on traditional coping skills like distraction, visualization, and meditation.

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02:24 About My Surgery (Day -7)

03:41 Creating a Traumatic Event

05:53 Prepping for Surgery

07:59 Too Much Time / Trapped

10:32 Benzo Morning / Anxiety (Day -6)

14:23 It’s Just Anxiety / The Off Switch

16:30 Calm on the Outside

18:14 “Regarding Henry” / Change

24:20 A Good Day / Internal Energy (Day -5)

29:04 Morning Ritual / Meditation (Day -4)

31:50 A Bit More About Meditation

34:21 I’m Much Better Than I Was

36:03 Anxiety, Irritability, and Shame (Day -3)

38:25 Exposure Therapy and Success

40:44 Anxiety of Anxiety

42:53 Exhaustion of Chronic Anxiety (Day -2)

44:47 Courage Visualization

46:34 Yea! I Made It This Far (Day -1)

48:23 When Plans Change

50:48 I Feel Good



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.



  • Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016.

  • Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, CO: Denim Mountain Press, 2018.


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The Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).


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