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Surviving Setbacks in Benzo Withdrawal

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

Are setbacks common in benzo withdrawal? What causes them? How long do they last? And how do you deal with them? Benzo withdrawal can be a crazy, confusing roller coaster ride, and sometimes you need a guide map to find your way.

In today’s episode, we explore the setbacks many of us face in benzo withdrawal. We look at some of the causes, identify seven common triggers, and share a couple of methods for managing them. I hope you find it helpful.

Video ID: BFP090


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00:00  INTRODUCTION 04:45  Benzos and Jury Duty 16:34  FEATURE: Intro 17:08  Cindy’s Emails 24:08  Basics of Withdrawal 28:23  Setback Triggers 40:45  Managing Setbacks 50:00  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.

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

  2. Frederick, Baylissa. “Bloom in Wellness.”

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

  4. Samet, Matt. “Death Grip:  A Climber’s Escape from Benzo Madness.”


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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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