The Washington Post ran an article today on the dangers of benzodiazepines. Titled “What patients — and doctors — should know about ‘benzo’ withdrawal,” it is one of the most accurate accounts I have read. Benzodiazepine Information Coalition was featured, along with other accurate benzo resources.
It is good to see more information being shared about benzodiazepines and more professional organizations working to raise awareness. Hopefully, doctors will want to learn about how to properly deprescribe benzos. Otherwise, they may take their patients off their benzos and use medications that we know in the benzo community are dangerous, to treat withdrawal symptoms. My benzodiazepine certification course is available for any healthcare professional who wants to learn about benzodiazepines and how to best manage deprescribing and withdrawal symptoms.
I’ve been in the benzo community for twelve years. We’ve come a long way since I started my taper. I know there is more work ahead, but we are making inroads. It’s too late for those of us who have suffered or are suffering now, but let’s hope that one day, doctors will know not to prescribe benzodiazepines for more than a few days. They will find other ways to help their patients, like teaching the four cornerstones of well-being.
Let’s celebrate today’s article and give thanks for professional resources like the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the many people who are working hard to shine a light on the benzo catastrophe.
If you are suffering from benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and want some help, please feel free to book a coaching session with me.
You may also want to join my group coaching/support group. We meet live three times a week.
I’m here to help.