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Pioneering Benzo Awareness: An Interview with Geraldine Burns (Part 2 of 2)

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Geraldine Burns has been a pioneer in the benzo community for over 20 years. She is the founder of the first support group of its kind on the Internet, is host of a benzo podcast, and was a key player in the publication of the Ashton Manual.

In Part II of this interview, Geraldine discusses the legislative efforts in Massachusetts, takes a look at the story behind, explores the continuing crisis of over-prescribing, and provides some wonderful tips for surviving withdrawal.

Video ID: BFP027


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00:00  Episode Introduction 01:52  Shenpa: Easing the Urge to React 09:15  Episode Format 11:10  Interview Intro 11:29  Benzo Legislation 18:52  Benzo Book Review 22:53  Why Stories Help 24:55  Finding a Doctor 27:11  How to Get Ready to Taper 31:48  Find Your Own Path 32:21  Should Benzos Be Banned? 33:30  Closing Advice 36:04  Wrapping Up Part II 36:52  Moment of Peace


Episode Summary

Geraldine Burns has been a pioneer in helping to get the word out about the potential dangers of benzodiazepines. In 1999 she started the first Internet support group for people wishing to withdraw from tranquilizers or already off and having problems. This was the first group of its kind and before it closed had close to 4,000 members internationally. The group was started to offer 24 hour/7 days a week support to people who have been made ill by prescription medications, to learn about symptoms of withdrawal, learn about tapering methods, and natural methods of healing. She is dedicated to the responsible and informed use of addictive prescription drugs.



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