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Stories, Successes, and Easing Symptom Severity

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

What is the best method for reducing symptoms in benzo withdrawal? Why do we cling to a need for control? Is a slow taper still the way to go? These questions along with three quintessential benzo stories create a fully loaded show.

In today’s episode, D returns to the podcast after a 2 ½ month hiatus. He discusses some of the key questions of withdrawal, shares a few stories of struggle and success, and closes out with the moment of peace.

Video ID: BFP068


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00:00 Introduction 14:05 Benzo Stories / Intro 14:43 Benzo Stories / Susanna’s Story 18:25 Benzo Stories / Jeremy’s Story 28:28 Benzo Stories / Donna’s Story 36:14 Feature / Intro 37:45 Feature / Tapering Options 39:34 Feature / Reducing Symptoms 44:55 Feature / Anxiety and Control 47:40 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.





  • 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.



Today’s intro was a long one. It’s been a while since we talked on the podcast, and I wanted to catch up on a few things. I discussed our first episode recorded and released with video, recent changes in my life, our new Instagram site, and much more.


Benzo Stories

Today’s we shared three stories from Susanna, Jeremy, and Donna.



In our feature today, we focused on a few general topics:

  1. Slow taper vs. other options

  2. Reducing the severity of your symptoms

  3. Anxiety and the irresistible thirst for control


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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