I’m Jennifer Leigh, PsyD

Benzo Withdrawal Coach & Educator

Helping You Heal & Thrive

Individual Coaching

Book a 15-minute check-in, or a 30-minute or 60-minute session for education/support.

Mornings With Jenn Support Group

On a budget but need support?
Mornings With Jenn offers over 9 hours a month of live support.

Over NINE hours of live support.

Mondays. Wednesdays, Fridays

at a private Facebook group.

Focus on SOLUTIONS not symptoms!

Learn how to help your brain and nervous system heal.

FREE bonuses!

Access to the Acceptance & Healing With Love workshops plus Tuesdays and Thursdays live spiritual inspiration.

Where Are You In Your Benzo Journey?

Considering Getting Off A Benzo?

If you are concerned about being on a benzo, but you are scared to start the tapering and recovery process, please feel free to book an educational coaching session. I’d be happy to help you.

Please know that not everyone has a hard time getting benzo free. You may not have a challenging tapering experience. The Ashton Manual is a good guide for how much to taper. There are a few methods to tapering; each one having its own pros and cons. Please learn about them before you begin. Most doctors are not educated about benzos so please be careful and do your own research. There is a large body of evidence-based knowledge about getting benzo free. Learn from those who have gone through it.

Are You Tapering?

If you are tapering, please make sure that you are following a safe reduction schedule. The Ashton Manual recommends no more than a 10% reduction over a few weeks time. You can follow any number of tapering methods, i.e. water titration, weighing, compounding, tapering strips, etc. The key is to be consistent and to go at your own pace. If you are tapering and experiencing symptoms and would like to talk, please feel free to schedule a coaching session. I’m happy to help.

Are You Benzo Free?

If you are benzo free but symptomatic, I can help you via coaching. If you are benzo free and want to improve your overall well-being so that you are healthier and happier, you may want to consider joining the Mornings With Jenn support group. The focus is on the four cornerstones of well-being, as they apply to the healing from benzo withdrawal.

Helpful Resources

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.

Soul Reminders

 

I am writing Soul Reminders again as we go through this challenging pandemic together.
You can find the short stories of spiritual inspiration at soulreminders.com

You can subscribe and have them delivered to your inbox Monday- Friday.

I hope that my words are comforting and help you find some peace.

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. 

Disclaimer:  I am not an M.D. or a psychologist (I have a doctorate in psychology but I am not licensed to practice). This website, my coaching, workshops, or support group are not intended to diagnose or to treat any type of illness.

Testimonials 

“I joined Mornings With Jenn when she first offered it. I didn’t feel so crazy when I had the support I needed. It helped.”

“Jenn saved my life. I wanted to give up, but she helped me hold on during the dark days. A session with her feels like a warm hug.”

“Thank you Jenn for your website. I’ve never spoken with you, but I read every word you write for us in benzo withdrawal.”

The Blog

Comments are moderated. Please think before you post, as your words will be public and I will not be able to remove them at a later date. 

New Things Are Afoot!

New Things Are Afoot!

I'm way overdue for a blog post. My apologies. It's been a busy past few weeks. I'm excited to share with you that I am extending my coaching practice to anxiety sufferers who are not on a benzodiazepine, in hopes that they will avoid going down that dangerous path. I...

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Coping With Waves.

Coping With Waves.

Healing from the damage caused by taking a benzodiazepine doesn't happen linearly. It's not like recovering from a bad cold— each day getting a bit better, a bit brighter, after the peak of the infection. Healing comes in what is known in the benzo community as...

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How To Stop Fearing The Future

How To Stop Fearing The Future

Fear is a common benzo withdrawal emotion. It can come out of the blue, settling over us like a heavy wet blanket. Sometimes we don't have any idea why we are fearful or what we are fearful about; we only know that we are very much afraid. And, that the fear is...

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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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