I’m Jennifer Leigh, PsyD

Benzo Withdrawal Coach & Educator

Helping You Heal & Thrive

Individual Coaching

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

Mornings With Jenn Support Group

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Mornings With Jenn offers over twelve hours a month of live support.

Mornings with Jenn, A Unique Support Group For Benzo Withdrawal

Helpful Books

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

Dear Friend,

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 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.

From my heart to yours,
Dr. Jenn

 

The Blog

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My Story. Part One. (Trigger Warning!)

My Story. Part One. (Trigger Warning!)

I've received a lot of requests recently to share my story. I'll share it, in parts. Reading about other people's benzo withdrawal experiences can be triggering. Please, take good care of yourself and stop reading if your symptoms increase. I hope that in sharing my...

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Coping WIth Triggers

Coping WIth Triggers

"I've been triggered." I hear this all the time in the benzo community. I, too, used to get triggered easily and often. It's one thing to cope with everyday, ongoing symptoms; it is quite another to cope with those bursts of intense thoughts and feelings. What can we...

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New Support Group, Plant-Based With Jenn

New Support Group, Plant-Based With Jenn

Finally! I've created a private Facebook group, Plant-Based With Jenn, for anyone who wants to move towards a plant based diet/lifestyle for health and healing, The group is open to anyone who is recovering from psych med withdrawal. We will meet live, once a...

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News To Share!

News To Share!

Hello friends, Many of you know that I had to cut back on my days for coaching as I've been in classes for nutrition and the gut microbiome. I am also creating teaching content about psych med withdrawal for a university in Canada. Plus, I am still working on a benzo...

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I am Unavailable Until July 20th

I am Unavailable Until July 20th

I've not taken a true vacation in over a decade. Even when I do take a few days off, I always answer emails or texts from people seeking help with benzo withdrawal. This time, I am turning off all of my electronics and enjoying my time. I'll be in Hawaii, celebrating...

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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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