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Conversation with Angela Peacock on Benzos, Veterans, and the film “Medicating Normal”

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Angela Peacock, MSW, is a US Army veteran, benzo survivor, member of BIC’s medical board, and a tireless advocate for those who struggle with PTSD and psychiatric drugs. Her story is highlighted in the new film, "Medicating Normal."

Premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 16th and 17th, 2020, “Medicating Normal” is a documentary feature film about the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs and its effects. Join us for our fascinating conversation with Angie on today's podcast.

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00:57 Introduction

11:29 INTERVIEW: Angela Peacock

52:34 Moment of Peace



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BIO - Angela Peacock

Angela Peacock served in the US Army for almost seven years and was medically retired after one tour in Iraq. She was subsequently medicated for PTS, a victim of polypharmacy, and went on and off benzodiazepines several times under a doctor’s care until coming off for the final time,

in January 2016. despite suffering from protracted benzodiazepine and polypharmacy damage, she recently completed her masters in social work, from Washington University in St. Louis.

She has been a veteran advocate for many years, speaking nationally about trauma and resilience, female veterans, and post-traumatic stress. She was a Veterans of Foreign Wars- Student Veterans of America, Legislative Policy Fellow in 2019, where she advocated for safer prescribing practices and informed consent concerning benzos at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

She serves on the medical board at Benzodiazepine Information Coalition,

has supported hundreds of people recovering from benzo injury through her YouTube channel and online support groups, and is now one of five subjects in the upcoming film, “Medicating Normal.”


The Podcast

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