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Insights on Withdrawal: A Conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Elizabeth McCarthy, MA, LPC hits the benzo community trifecta. She is a benzo survivor, an activist in the benzo community, and a therapist with a decade of experience working with dependence and withdrawal.

In today’s episode, we have an in-depth interview with Liz where we learn valuable insights about resilience, survival, and hope. We also take a brief look at the dark side of an idle mind, discuss the difficulty of finding support in non-English speaking countries, and shine a fresh spotlight on a wonderful resource.

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00:00 Introduction 08:00 Mailbag 11:02 Benzo News 15:07 Benzo Story 17:45 Interview: Elizabeth McCarthy 57:11 Closing



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In today’s intro, we opened with a brief tale of ninjas in the brain. I was just having fun, but about a serious topic. The ninjas are our negative thoughts, especially about our condition and whether it will be permanent or not. I used this analogy to illuminate the benefits of work and how an active brain can help prevent this chronic negative thought cycle.



This is where we share questions and comments which were discussed:

  • COMMENT: About finding resources for non-English speaking patients. This comment was submitted by Juerg, in Berne, Switzerland. He suggested the need for a list of benzo resources, including people who have a shared experience, for all countries around the world.


Benzo Stories

I shared one short story today, from Terry in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.



Today’s featured topic: An Interview with Elizabeth McCarthy, MA, LPC

Today’s feature is an in-depth interview with Liz McCarthy. Liz is a benzo survivor, a benzo activist, and a therapist who has a decade of experience working with patients suffering from benzo dependence and withdrawal. The interview shed a light on both her personal struggles and insights that she has gained from working with a variety of benzo patients.


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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