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The FACTS: What Do We Really Know About Benzos and BIND?

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

Are benzos effective for treating anxiety? Insomnia? Seizures? If they aren’t safe, what is the evidence? How many BIND symptoms are there? Could these be permanent? And what about COVID? Tune in for the surprising answers.

In today’s episode, we ask some key questions about benzos and provide real answers, with evidence to back them. We also share questions from our international listeners on CBD and probiotics, and we hear a powerful story of one woman’s struggle with her third attempt at withdrawal. This one if chock full of information, and I hope you’ll join us.

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0:01:16 About the Last Episode

0:02:17 Behind the Scenes Work

0:03:18 Hurricane Ian

0:05:38 MAILBAG

0:05:54 Benzo Belly and Probiotics (Jon)

0:11:48 CBD and Withdrawal (Julie)

0:17:29 BENZO STORY (Jessica)

0:26:48 Response from D

0:31:20 FEATURE: Benzo Facts

0:32:48 Are Benzos Effective?

0:35:23 Are Benzos Safe?

0:43:49 Can You Be Addicted to Benzos?

0:44:46 Is BIND an Official Term?

0:47:21 How Many BIND Symptoms Are There?

0:52:05 Is BIND Permanent?

0:56:42 Are Z-drugs the Same as Benzos?

0:57:22 Do Benzos Have an Effect on COVID?



Episode Resources

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.


Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG)

— Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) —

The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices

Blazing Benzos Facebook Group




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).


All content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at


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