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Questions, Comments, and a Few Answers About Benzo Dependence and Withdrawal

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

How long will my recovery last? If I’ve taken these drugs periodically, can I be dependent? How do I convince my doctor? What is this condition of ours even called? These and several other common questions beg for answers.

In today’s episode, we look inside our mailbag and discuss a variety of questions from the listeners. We also share a story from the United Kingdom and talk about maintaining healthy habits once we start to feel better.

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00:57 Introduction

09:16 Benzo Story

19:40 Feature

52:30 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.


— Leigh, Jennifer. “The Corona Virus (COVID-19) and Benzo Withdrawal.” Benzo Withdrawal Help. February 27, 2020. Accessed February 28, 2020.

FEATURE: Questions, Comments, and a Few Answers…

—Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016.

— “Chronic Disease.” National Cancer Institute: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. Accessed February 29, 2020.

— Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018.

—Guilleminault, Christian. “Benzodiazepines, breathing, and sleep.” The American Journal of Medicine. March 2, 1990. 88(3): S25-S28. doi:10.1016/0002-9343(90)90282-I.

— Jehan, Shazia, Evan Auguste, Perumal Pandi, et al. “Depression, obstructive sleep apnea and psychosocial health.” Sleep Med Dis Int J. 2017;1(3):58-63. doi: 10.15406/smdij.2017.01.00012.

— “Sleep Apnea.” National Sleep Foundation. Accessed February 26, 2020.

— “Tips for Talking About Benzos with Doctors, Therapists, Family, and Friends (Episode #58).” The Benzo Free Podcast. February 25, 2020.

— “What you need to know about sleep apnea.” Medical News Today. Accessed February 26, 2020.


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).


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