Updated: Mar 23
Agoraphobia, androphobia, social phobia, glossophobia, philophobia…and on and on. Social anxiety disorders are numerous, and in benzo withdrawal, these burdens can escalate and become isolating. Learning tools to manage them can be essential.
In today’s episode, we examine the social symptoms of benzo withdrawal. We also explore muscle spasms, investigate the emotional disconnect many experience around loved ones, hear some inspirational words about moving on, and share an updated benzo story from Louisiana.
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00:57 Introduction 08:28 Mailbag 21:28 Benzo Story 26:25 Feature 41:37 Moment of Peace
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FEATURE: Nerve Sensations of Benzo Withdrawal
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Today, we return to our 14-part series on the symptoms and we take a look at the social symptoms of benzo withdrawal. We also discuss muscle spasms, emotional detachment, and moving on in addition to a wonderful story for Louisiana.
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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