How to Taper from Benzos (Part 1 of 2)
Updated: Mar 22
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 08:45 Mailbag 14:46 Benzo Story 21:41 Feature 51:48 Moment of Peace
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YOUTUBE: “Ask Dr. Drew LIVE.” October 20, 2019. (Benzo Question can be found at timestamp: 1:01:02.
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FEATURE: How to Taper from Benzos (Part 1)
Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual.
Easing Anxiety: Types of Benzos Page — https://easinganxiety.com/post/types-of-benzos
“Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Support: Substitution.” BenzoBuddies. Accessed March 1, 2017. http://www.benzobuddies.org/benzodiazepine-withdrawal-methods/substitution.
“Direct Tapers.” BenzoBuddies. Accessed March 2, 2017. http://www.benzobuddies.org/benzodiazepine-withdrawal-methods/direct-taper/.
Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
Merriam-Webster (online), “Taper,” accessed January 20, 2018, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper.
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