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 mourn the passing of Prof. C. Heather Ashton. We announce our tribute page to her and share a message from the Ashton family. We also look at the second half of coping skills from A to Z and share a benzo story from Chicago.
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00:57 Introduction 05:47 Benzo News 06:31 Benzo Story 13:09 Feature 53:23 Moment of Peace
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Easing Anxiety: Tribute Page for Prof. Ashton — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/tribute-to-professor-ashton
Easing Anxiety: Feedback Form to Submit Tribute for Prof. Ashton — https://easinganxiety.com/feedback
Easing Anxiety: Blog Post w/ Letter from John Ashton — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/tribute-page-for-prof-ashton-and-a-request-for-privacy
Donations to Dementia UK — https://www.dementiauk.org/get-involved/donate/
FEATURE: Coping Skills from A to Z (Part 2 of 2)
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