Benzo withdrawal can seem like an insurmountable hurdle. But the expected struggles can be eased significantly with a little education and support. Grab a plate and visit our buffet of coping skills: you just might find exactly what you need.
In today’s episode, we look at the first half of coping skills from A to Z. We also catch up on a couple of events from last week, discuss light-headedness and P.O.T.S., answer an inquiry from a listener with mild withdrawal, and share a benzo story from California.
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00:57 Introduction 06:52 Mailbag 17:17 Benzo Story 22:39 Feature 52:50 Moment of Peace
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FEATURE: Coping Skills from A to Z (Part 1)
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