Tips for Talking About Benzos to Doctors, Therapists, and Family
Updated: Mar 22
Do you find it hard to talk with your physician or psychiatrist about benzos? How about with your counselor or family and friends? This is a far too common problem in the benzo community, and we’re here to help.
In today’s episode, we share seven tips for talking about benzos with the people in your life. We also share a benzo story from New Mexico, discuss a comment about finding peace-of-mind, and talk about the willingness to make mistakes during our withdrawal.
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15:44 Benzo Story
22:17 FEATURE: Talking About Benzos
51:39 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.
The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices — https://benzoreform.org
Tools for Patients Page — https://benzoreform.org/tools-for-patients
Speaking with Your Medical Provider — https://benzoreform.org/for-patients/#benzowise
Prescriber Information Pamphlet (PIP) Communication Study Guide — https://benzoreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PIP-Communication-Guide-Summary-V1.pdf
“How to Generate Productive Conversations with your Prescriber” by Dr. Janye L. Violette — https://benzoreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PIP-Communication-Guide-V1.pdf
Prescriber Information Pamphlet — https://benzoreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PIP-Communication-Guide-Summary-V1.pdf
Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) — https://benzoinfo.com
Find a Benzodiazepine Doctor Page w/ Directory — https://www.benzoinfo.com/doctors
Fact Sheet on Benzodiazepines — https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BIC-Fact-Sheet-Media-Kit.pdf
“10 Tips to Help Patients Through Benzodiazepine Withdrawal” by Dr. Christy Huff — https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/10-Tips-to-Help-Patients-Through-Benzodiazepine-Withdrawal.pdf
“How to Find a Doctor and More: 10 Tips to Quit Benzos” by JC Curle — https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/How-to-find-a-doctor.pdf
Withdrawing Prescribed Benzodiazepine Patients (Pamphlet for physicians) — https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Withdrawing-Prescribed-Patients-Brochure.pdf
It’s Time to Talk About Benzodiazepines (Pamphlet, general) — https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ItTime-to-Talk-About-Benzodiazepines.pdf
Benzodiazepines, Z-drugs, and Opioids — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/OPIOIDS-AND-THE-CURRENT-BENZODIAZEPINE-CRISIS-HANDOUT-1.pdf
Professional’s Guide for As-Prescribed BZD Dependence — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BZPROGUIDE-1.pdf
For Therapists & Counselors Treating Clients with Benzodiazepine Withdrawal — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FOR-THERAPISTS-HANDOUT-2.pdf
Family, Friends & Caregivers: Providing Support for Someone in Benzodiazepine Withdrawal — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Dos-and-Donts.pdf
Benzodiazepines and the Elderly — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ELDERLY-HANDOUT.pdf
About BWS/PWS & Neuronal Damage — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/BWS_PWS_NEURONAL.pdf
Historical Fact Sheet — http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FACTSHEET.pdf
The Ashton Manual — http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual
New York City Health Information on Benzodiazepines — https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/chi/chi-35-2.pdf
Benzodiazepine Prescribing Guidelines for Pennsylvania — https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Opioids/PA Guidelines on Benzo Prescribing.pdf
“Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You” by Dr. Allen Frances — https://www.huffpost.com/entry/yes-benzos-are-bad-for-yo_b_10775014
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