The FACTS: What Do We Really Know About Benzos and BIND?
Updated: Mar 12
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
0:05:54 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?
1:00:58 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.
— Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG) — https://benzoaction.org
— Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) — https://benzoinfo.com
— The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices — https://benzoreform.org
— Blazing Benzos Facebook Group — https://m.facebook.com/groups/1205287192817668/
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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prescribing Guidelines for Pennsylvania: Safe Prescribing Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety & Insomnia. Updated May 15, 2017. Accessed April 7, 2018. http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/M-P/opioids/Documents/PA%20Guidelines%20on%20Benzo%20Prescribing.pdf.
Easing Anxiety. BIND Symptoms. https://easinganxiety.com/symptoms.
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). City Health Information: Judicious Prescribing of Benzodiazepines. 35(2)(2016). https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/990dad_167113513c9445f8bc77a77370ce649f.pdf.
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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Office of Diversion Control; Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section: Benzodiazepines (January 2013). Accessed March 6, 2017. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/benzo.pdf.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA requiring Boxed Warning updated to improve safe use of benzodiazepine drug class. September 23, 2020. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requiring-boxed-warning-updated-improve-safe-use-benzodiazepine-drug-class.
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