Updated: Mar 23
What Is Caregiver Week?
This week is Caregiver Week at Benzo Free. No, it’s not a national holiday or anything like that. Although, it should be. It definitely should be. You know, that’s not a bad idea. Not just for benzo caregivers, but for all caregivers. An international holiday for those who take care of others. Perhaps there already is one. If there is, great. If not, there needs to be one. But I digress.
Whether it’s the person taking care of you now while going through benzo withdrawal, or it’s the person who checked on you when you had the flu, or it’s the parent who raised you from that helpless lump of flesh when you were new to this world, these people deserve our gratitude and appreciation. And this week, that will be our focus.
What Can You Do?
That’s easy. Do something nice for that person who is your caregiver this week. But even more important, let that person know how much he or she means to you. Let them know that you understand that what they are going through is hard too. Be grateful. That’s really the best thing you can do. Be grateful.
In withdrawal, we are so often overwhelmed with our own problems, with our own pain, with our own healing, that we don’t have time, or take the time, to notice what is going on around us. When you can, when you are able, when you have that brief window, do something special for that person. Trust me, you need them, and they need to know that.
What Are We Doing at Benzo Free?
This week, we are going to focus all of our efforts on the caregiver. It’s time we paid respect to these amazing people. Sure, I will still post articles that cross my plate about other news in the benzo world, but for the most part, Caregiver Week will be our focus.
Here’s what you can expect from Benzo Free this week:
Benzo Free Blog – Later in the week, I will share insights for the caregiver in a blog post pulling insights from a variety of sources.
Benzo Free Facebook Page – As for the Facebook page, we will dig into the boxes of research (actually it’s all online in OneNote, but boxes sound more dramatic) and online articles on the subject and share them with you. If you know of something to share, let us know on our feedback form so we can include it.
Benzo Free Website –This week, we will add a new page to the website dedicated to the caregiver. Hopefully, it will grow into an entire section in support of those who are helping us.
Benzo Free Podcast – And the best part is the podcast. On this week’s episode of the podcast, we will present our featured interview, “Conversation with a Caregiver.”
Please, join in the celebration. I know it might sound sacrilegious to celebrate something when so many are in dire need and distress, but I don’t think it is. If we don’t celebrate and appreciate those who take care of us now, we may wind up on this journey all alone.
Keep calm, taper slowly, and take care of yourself, D :)