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Our Mailbag: Sickness, Setbacks, Symptoms, and Self-Esteem

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

COVID and BIND. Symptoms and setbacks. Isolation. Distraction. Memory loss. Relationships and loss. And of course, acceptance and success. What do these all have in common? Well, they all are related to benzos, and we will cover them today.  

In today’s episode, we revisit our mailbag and hear your comments, your questions, and your feedback. D also shares his 8-year anniversary and even invents a new word — contentness — without knowing it. More on that later. I hope you will join us for this latest episode.  

NOTE: There is a lot of good content here, but some of the stories may be difficult to hear if you are easily triggered by stories of struggle in BIND.

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00:00 INTRO 01:41 Our Old Format 03:00 Feeling Better 03:29 Mourning / Emotions 05:45 My Benzo Anniversary 06:55 Carolina Road Trip 08:50 Setting Priorities at EA 10:08 Back in the Basement 10:54 Our Format 11:34 That Silver Lining 13:27 FEATURE: Mailbag 15:02 Repeat Prescribing / Loving Oneself 19:58 Isolation / Expanding the Bubble 23:04 More Success Stories 25:45 COVID, Symptoms, and Setbacks 35:03 Cognitive Difficulties / Memory 36:28 Relationships / Acceptance 40:53 Podcast Stats 42:28 Finding Contentment 48:00 MOMENT OF PEACE



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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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