Updated: Jul 2
Naftal Benisty is the creator and host of the podcast, “Benzo Tired.” A social worker by trade, Naftal’s personal experience with kindling, seizures, and multiple prescriptions for benzodiazepines steered him into the world of benzo advocacy.
In our conversation, Naftal shares his benzo story and the reasons he decided to start a podcast. We also talk about seizures, the indefinite hold, BIND, deprescribing guidelines, medical education, remaining positive, and so much more.
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0:01:06 Feeling Good / Taking a Break
0:02:54 Peer Support Training
0:04:34 Checking in with You
0:08:54 FEATURE: Naftal Benisty
0:14:36 A Bit About Naftal
0:16:15 Naftal’s Benzo Story
0:26:32 Benzos and Seizures
0:29:20 Tapering & the Indefinite Hold
0:35:18 How Are You Now?
0:36:18 Starting His Podcast
0:38:29 Making the Podcast Is a Gift
0:41:04 Benefits of Lived Experience
0:43:44 BIND Discovery
0:44:59 Consortium’s Deprescribing Guidelines
0:46:28 U.S. vs. International Benzo Support
0:50:31 Educating Medical Professionals
0:52:08 Are There Good Benzo Uses?
0:53:48 Haeley & Tom Episode
0:56:22 Our Caregivers
0:59:16 Future for Naftal / Podcast
1:00:47 Long COVID and Benzos
1:01:16 How Podcasts Help
1:03:48 Balancing Honesty and Positivity
1:06:09 Doing Great Work
1:06:58 One Piece of Advice
1:07:17 Deprescribing Guidelines
1:08:57 Shane Kenny’s Movie
1:09:20 Final Words
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.
— Benzo Tired on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7HHdbrsbTpMMmlrL9TCWfi — Benzo Tired: Haely & Tom Episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1VTFkXLVDrMVrHdHiaoMaV?si=P5_pecyKSyap3iSweKPwsg
— BAWG Documentation (scroll down to see “projects”): https://benzoaction.org
— Deprescribing Guidelines from BAWG: https://corxconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/Benzo-Deprescribing.pdf
— BIND Description: https://easinganxiety.com/BIND
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