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Top 20 Things to Remember in Benzo Withdrawal (Part 1 of 2)

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

The information available for benzo withdrawal can be frightening, confusing, and overwhelming. To help simplify this, Benzo Free presents a two-part series on the 20 important things to remember during this difficult time.

In today’s episode, we look at the first nine. We also hear an audio story from Seattle, answer a question about substances to avoid, share a comment about gratitude, and discuss the consequences withdrawal takes on our sense of self.

Video ID: BFP030


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Episode Summary

Today, we hear part one of our two-part series on the top 20 things to remember in benzo withdrawal. In this first part, we’ll hear the first 10 (or actually the first nine). Unfortunately, we forgot to include number 7. But no worries, it will show up next week in part 2, I promise. We also have a great comment and a question about things to avoid in withdrawal, and we share an audio story from Seattle. We also open with a discussion about our sense of self in withdrawal.



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.

FEATURE: Top 20 Things to Remember in Benzo Withdrawal (Part 1)

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

  • Ashton, C. Heather. “Toxicity and Adverse Consequences of Benzodiazepine Use.” Physician Annals 25 (March 1995):158-65. Accessed March 6, 2017.

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


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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