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Conversation with Podcaster Naftal Benisty (Benzo Tired)

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

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

0:13:51 Welcome

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

1:10:50 CLOSING



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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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2 comentarios

Charlene Grady
Charlene Grady
06 jun 2023

Thank you for sharing this podcast.

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D E Foster
D E Foster
20 jun 2023
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Thanks, Char. :)

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