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Sights, Sounds, and Sensitivities: Nerve Sensations of Benzo Withdrawal

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Hypersensitivity. In benzo withdrawal, we feel everything…more. Learn about the parade of nerve sensation symptoms such as itching, tingling, burning, paresthesia, numbness, and extreme sensitivities to light and sound among others.

In today’s episode, we explore the nerve sensations of benzo withdrawal. We also learn a bit about upcoming episodes for Benzo Free and hear a comedy of errors story about one listener’s summer adventures.

Video ID: BFP033


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00:57 Introduction 08:20 Benzo Story 20:05 Feature 36:50 Moment of Peace


Episode Summary

Today, we take a look at nerve sensations in benzo withdrawal including itching, rashes, paranesthesia, formication, numbness, burning, and hypersensitivity to a variety of sensory stimuli. We also learn a bit about some ideas for upcoming episodes and share a story about one listener’s run of bad luck with a lesson about overdoing things.



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.

FEATURE: Nerve Sensations of Benzo Withdrawal

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

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


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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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