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Our Mailbag: Setbacks, Symptoms, Stories, and Success

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

What is mindset, and why is it so important in benzo withdrawal? Are setbacks common, and how do you work through them? Are benzos too limited now? Is it okay to wait to withdraw? Is this permanent? These questions and so much more.

In today’s episode, I dive into our mailbag again and listen to you. Your questions. Your comments. Your stories. You are the heart of this podcast, and these are my favorite episodes. I also share progress in the benzo community and my personal struggles with stress, self-care, and grieving. I hope you’ll join us.

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00:00  INTRODUCTION 02:07  How We Grieve 06:36  I’m Back 07:12  Progress at BAWG 10:02  Hard to Move On 12:27  BENZO STORIES 13:48  Deanna’s Story 18:36  Trevor’s Story 27:35  MAILBAG 28:40  When to Withdraw 30:58  Access to Benzos 34:07  Head Pressure in WD 36:51  Setbacks in WD 41:01  A New You in WD 45:13  Does Everyone Heal? 49:45  Lies Our Brains Tell Us 52:50  MOMENT OF PEACE



The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.

BENZO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS — Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG): — The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices: — Benzodiazepine Best Practices (BIC): — Benzo Warrior Group: — Bloom into Wellness (Baylissa Frederick):

RECOVERY TRAINING — Choices Recovery Training: — Embark PCA Recovery (Training):

OTHER REFERENCES — The 5 Stages of Grief (University of Washington):


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).


All content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at


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