Questions, Comments, and a Few Answers About Benzo Dependence and Withdrawal
Updated: Mar 22
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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— Leigh, Jennifer. “The Corona Virus (COVID-19) and Benzo Withdrawal.” Benzo Withdrawal Help. February 27, 2020. Accessed February 28, 2020. https://benzowithdrawalhelp.com/curing-fear/the-corona-virus-covid-19-and-benzo-withdrawal/.
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. https://easinganxiety.com/ashton.
— “Chronic Disease.” National Cancer Institute: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. Accessed February 29, 2020. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/chronic-disease.
— Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
—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. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-apnea.
— “Tips for Talking About Benzos with Doctors, Therapists, Family, and Friends (Episode #58).” The Benzo Free Podcast. February 25, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/tips-for-talking-about-benzos-to-doctors-therapists-and-family-bfp058
— “What you need to know about sleep apnea.” Medical News Today. Accessed February 26, 2020. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/178633.
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