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.

Support Group

Mornings With Jenn is a unique support group based on the four cornerstones of well-being + bonus membership perks. 

Tired Of Hearing Only About Symptoms? 

Mornings With Jenn Focuses On SOLUTIONS! 

So many of my coaching clients tell me they’ve been triggered by support groups because they highlight the fear and negativity of withdrawal. Focusing on benzo symptoms can cause an increase in benzo symptoms. That’s why I created the Mornings With Jenn support group, where the focus is on well-being, and the ways in which we can embrace true healing.

Focus on the four cornerstones of well-being, eat right. move more, stress less, love well

Full access to the Acceptance and Healing With Love workshops & Facebook groups

Mondays and Wednesdays 45-minute live video chats 9am Pacific at the private Facebook group page. (That's about 6 hours of live connection a month. )

Members-only blog and vlog content, including surprise pop-up live feeds

Join any time

No contracts. Cancel at any time

$59 a month

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.

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. 

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.”

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New! New! New!

New! New! New!

NEW! Yesterday I downloaded a membership plug-in so that I could begin creating the members-only blog content for my support group, Mornings With Jenn. Unfortunately, the plug-in wasn't what I needed so I deleted it. When it left for parts unknown into the ethernet,...

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Lisa Ling and Dr. Heather Ashton

Lisa Ling and Dr. Heather Ashton

As you probably know by now, Lisa Ling's expose on the dangers of benzodiazepines airs October 6th on CNN. The producer of Lisa's show contacted me ages ago when the segment was being considered. I told him, please, above all else, believe the people you interview,...

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The Internet And Benzo Withdrawal

The Internet And Benzo Withdrawal

The Internet is a double-edged sword for benzo withdrawal. On one hand, it allows the fast sharing of information which we need since the medical community is mostly uneducated about the dangers of benzodiazepines, and on the other hand, some of that information that...

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New! Well-Being Support.

New! Well-Being Support.

After years of coaching and hosting online workshops and support groups, I've come to a place where I want to combine all of my education and lived (and learned from others) experiences and offer a true well-being support group. The focus will be on the four...

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Is it REALLY benzo withdrawal so far out?

Is it REALLY benzo withdrawal so far out?

I've had more than a few phone calls and emails this weekend from people who were worried that *maybe* their symptoms aren't benzo withdrawal anymore. They ask if it's possible to be suffering from benzo withdrawal 18, 24, 30, 36, or more months out. The answer is...

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The Daily Cycling Of Symptoms

The Daily Cycling Of Symptoms

The mornings from hell. Nevermind that my sleep was so incredibly screwed up. My insomnia was child's play in comparison to the gruesome torture that awaited me when I woke up from whatever amount of sleep my damaged nervous system allowed me. Mornings were a...

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Anniversary Flare Ups.

Anniversary Flare Ups.

In a wave at 12, 24, or 36 months out? One of the most interesting things I read about benzo withdrawal when I was tapering was the phenomenon of anniversary waves. Why in the world would the anniversary of our getting off of our benzo cause an uptick in symptoms? I'm...

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Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Eight years free! Sunday, June 23, I celebrated eight glorious years of being benzo free. What a wonderful feeling to have that much distance away from the little pill that slowly destroyed my brain and body. Life is incredibly good these days! I am in much better...

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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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