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Benzos & Surgery: A Journey of Anxiety, Recovery, Medication, and Success (Part 2 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 2 of this 2-part series, the surgery is completed and D reviews his decision to be given a benzodiazepine for sedation. He monitors its effect on his symptoms, discusses his recovery and use of pain meds, and explores his improved outlook on life after his successful procedure.

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02:07 Listing Benzos As an Allergy (Day -1)

07:11 Morning of Surgery (Day 0)

09:28 Back Home Recovering

10:41 Deciding to Take a Benzo

14:14 Comedy of Errors (Day +1)

18:29 Post-Op Meds

20:09 Putting Weight on Foot (Day +2)

21:18 Positivity from Success

25:20 Symptoms Mild

26:10 Feeling Better (Day +3)

27:41 “The Midnight Library” / Perspective

31:05 Recovery Setback (Day +5)

32:38 Feeling Better Again (Day +6)

35:30 A Little Bit of Normalcy

37:42 Benzos, Hope, and Timelines

41:14 Better Life on the Other Side

43:39 Relaxation Videos (Day +7)

45:10 In Search of Something Profound

46:07 Success Breeds Success

48:50 Gratitudes

50:26 Final Benzo Update




The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety 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.


The Podcast

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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