Intimacy is essential to a healthy, happy life. And yet, during benzo withdrawal it is often one of the earliest casualties. How can a loving relationship — let alone a healthy sex life — survive the trials of benzo dependence and withdrawal?
In today’s episode, we explore how to nurture a loving relationship and avoid the pitfalls of anger, isolation, and hypersensitivity. We also hear a benzo story from Christchurch, New Zealand and catch up on last week’s news.
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00:00 Introduction 03:39 Benzo News 05:44 Benzo Story 13:46 Relationships in Withdrawal 48:46 Moment of Peace
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FEATURE: Relationships in Withdrawal
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In today’s intro, I kept is short. Mentioned a few symptoms I was currently experiencing including brain fog.
Today’s story was from Linda in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Today’s featured topic: Relationships, Intimacy, and Sex in Benzo Withdrawal
In the feature, we explored the toll that benzo withdrawal can take on intimate relationships. We looked at different levels of intimacy and discussed a few tips for improving communication during this trying time. We also explored sex for a while
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