I’m Jennifer Leigh, PsyD

Benzo Withdrawal Coach & Educator

Helping You Heal & Thrive

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Helpful Books to Purchase

The Ashton Manual

Dr. Ashton’s manual is the guidepost most people use for tapering and education.

Benzo Withdrawal Tapering Journal

A tapering journal for keeping track of your daily doses, symptoms, and more.

Benzo Withdrawal Journal

Already benzo free? This journal is for you to take notes of your recovery.

Soul Reminders

Little Chats With God, a book of tender stories to sooth a weary soul.

About Me

Like you, I took a benzodiazepine as prescribed. I hit tolerance (when the drug damages the brain and more is needed) sometime in the mid 1990’s and didn’t know what was wrong with me. I visited doctors—cardiologists, neurologists, internists, audiologists, therapists, etc.—none of them told me that the cause of my ill health was the benzo.

I stayed on the drug for many years, growing more and more sick and disabled.

October 2010, I began to taper off the drug and became bedridden. Many doctors who claimed to know about benzos tried to help me but they all harmed me.

Eventually, I was cold-turkeyed off the drug by a specialist who told me I would be fine. He was dead wrong. (Do not stop your medication abruptly as it can be life-threatening to do so.)

I have blogged honestly and openly about my recovery. It’s all here, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful richness and beauty of life after benzo withdrawal. 

As my brain and nervous system returned to normal,  I focused on achieving true well-being— a vibrant life without any mood altering substances. I found the way to go from barely surviving to thriving! I’d like to share with you what I have learned. 

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What Is Life Like After Benzo Withdrawal?

What Is Life Like After Benzo Withdrawal?

The sun reaches her warm fingers through my window, searching for me. "Wake up!" she insists. Already, the birds are singing, welcoming the new day. I open my eyes and lazily stretch my arms up over my head. I want to linger in the coziness of the blankets, but there...

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Am I Going Crazzzzy?

Am I Going Crazzzzy?

Going crazy is a common fear in benzo withdrawal. Our thoughts can be chaotic, a rush of horrible tangle of things. Our thoughts may arrive in an orderly fashion, but still oozing their wretched words or images. Our thoughts may insist on digging up memories of the...

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Let’s Focus On Healing For 2021!

Let’s Focus On Healing For 2021!

We've ushered out 2020. (What a challenging year it was!) Welcome, 2021! Let's put our focus and energy on our healing. Let's put our health first this year. If we focus on the four cornerstones of well-being— eat right (whole-food plant-based), move enough, stress...

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A Bird Outside My Window

A Bird Outside My Window

Deep in the throes of benzo withdrawal, I sat at my front window, peering out on a world that I no longer felt a part of. Derealization made everything surreal and distorted. I thought my heart might break from my longing to be healed, to be normal again. Tears pooled...

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Can We Stop Fearing Fear?

Can We Stop Fearing Fear?

First, it's important to understand that we feel fear in benzo withdrawal because the medication we took downregulated our GABA receptors. We don't have the necessary "equipment" to produce calm in our bodies or our minds. We aren't fearful because we lack backbone or...

A Letter To Our Doctors

A Letter To Our Doctors

  Dear Dr. It is understood that many doctors are not properly educated about Benzodiazepines. Please allow me to arm you with some basic facts to better work with your patients. First, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. Jennifer Leigh.  I have a...

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This website is not intended to be medical advice. It neither diagnoses or treats any illness. It is for education only. Please consult a trained medical professional if you have any concerns about your health or well-being. Readers of this website take full responsibility for their decisions and actions and hold Jennifer Leigh, PsyD not responsible for such decisions or actions. 

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