Dr. Jennifer Leigh

Benzo Withdrawal Help

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Book a 30-minute or 60-minute coaching session for education, support, and coping skills.

 

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Heal With Dr. Jenn on Discord offers three live  group coaching sessions per week plus streaming events, online resources, and safe, positive support  community.

 

 

 

Don’t Let A Doctor Or Therapist Harm You.

 

Very few licensed medical profesionals know that benzo withdrawal exists. Even fewer understand how to truly help. They often blame the patient for their symptoms or make an incorrect diagnosis. They  prescribe pills and treatments that can be harmful to someone experiencing benzo withdrawal, AKA, “benzodiazepine injury syndrome.”

Please educate yourself about benzo withdrawal so you aren’t further harmed by an ignorant medical professional.

Book a coaching session to learn the dos and don’ts of benzo withdrawal, and learn how to manage withdrawal symptoms.

Doctors Are Uneducated about benzo withdrawal.

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I care about you.

 

Like you, I took a benzodiazepine as prescribed. I hit tolerance (when the drug damages the brain and more is needed) sometime in the late 1990s 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.

From my heart to yours,
Dr. Jenn

 

Want Daily Support?

Heal With Dr. Jenn is a safe, positive coaching/support group on Discord.

Dr. Jenn hosts group coaching on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 9 AM pacific.

HWDJ has channels for benzo withdrawal discussions as well as positive, fun channels for connecting to the good in life, and for learning.

Concerned about being triggered? Your membership can be tailored so that you only see the positive channels, not the benzo channels.

HWDJ has live streaming events: audiobooks, movies, music, educational series, meditation, yoga,  guest speakers, and more!

Heal With Dr. Jenn is a new, fresh approach to support for benzo withdrawal.

Membership is $120 a month, which includes 12+ hours  a month of group coaching.

Caregivers can now join for their own support! $60 a month, which includes a weekly group coaching session.

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Giving Thanks For The Horrible Gift

Giving Thanks For The Horrible Gift

I'm helping my daughter prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. She loves to host our family events, and she does a fabulous job. This Thanksgiving is special because my four children and their families will sit at the table. For the past few years, we weren't able to be...

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Is This Who I Was Before Benzos?

Is This Who I Was Before Benzos?

One of the most life-changing events in my life was stepping into a psychiatrist's office, hoping to find relief from my anxiety/panic attacks. That encounter changed the course of my life. Clonazepam, the benzodiazepine I was given, worked remarkably well. I couldn't...

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I’m tired.

I’m tired.

I'm not usually negative. I work arduously at being positive, sharing with you that you will recover and lead wonderful, happy lives. Because you will. But today, I'm tired. My eyes and ears have witnessed so much suffering in the benzo community. And, of course, I...

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How Do We Relax In Benzo Withdrawal?

How Do We Relax In Benzo Withdrawal?

It's Labor Day Weekend, and I'm across the San Francisco bay helping out with my three-week-old grandson. On Friday, traffic was heavy, with people heading out for fun and relaxation on this last summer holiday. I'll head back to the East Bay later today and hang out...

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What Is DPDR In Benzo Withdrawal?

What Is DPDR In Benzo Withdrawal?

DPDR stands for depersonalization and derealization. DPDR is an anxiety response to extreme stress. It makes sense that DPDR is a common benzo withdrawal symptom since the body's calming mechanism, the GABA receptors, have been downregulated from the drug. DPDR feels...

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Managing Existential Angst

Managing Existential Angst

Every person contemplates existence, but pondering can turn into paranoia and panic while in the throes of benzo withdrawal. Questions and concerns about the meaning of life, death, existence, who we are, time, the universe, and our souls, can torment us. Existential...

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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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