Like many bloggers, I’ve been curious about ChatGpt. Could it help me write better posts about benzodiazepines? Today I asked it to write a blog post to include these words: “benzo withdrawal symptoms,” “benzo withdrawal timeline,” “benzo withdrawal treatment,” and “benzo withdrawal support.” It blew my mind how quickly it produced copy. Sentence after sentence danced across the page—an entire post in about sixty seconds! Artificial intelligence is amazing! But there was one problem. AI searched the internet and databanks (or whatever wizardry it uses) and found the common incorrect ideas about benzodiazepines. Even artificial intelligence isn’t very intelligent regarding benzodiazepines. Unfortunately, neither are the majority of healthcare professionals. The same tired beliefs swirl around: “you’re safe taking a benzo if you don’t have an addictive personality.” “Go to a detox center for treatment.” “Withdrawal symptoms are usually mild and last a few days to a few weeks.” “You’ll feel better as you taper.” And AI used the word addiction over and over and over again. Never did the words chemical dependency appear. Very little of what AI produced was usable; it was chock full of ignorance.

With so much misinformation about benzodiazepines, it’s easy to understand why those who are suffering from the damage a benzo can cause feel so alone. (I posted a video about loneliness earlier today.)

So, I guess it’s best if a human being who has experienced benzo withdrawal/BIND and has talked to thousands of benzo withdrawal/BIND sufferers over the last twelve years writes what she knows (hopefully, her writing is good enough).

Here are some thoughts about the words I asked ChatGpt to write about.

Benzo withdrawal symptoms can occur when someone is still taking their benzo. This is called tolerance withdrawal. When tapering off a benzo and once off the drug, withdrawal symptoms can occur. After the drug is out of someone’s body, symptoms are referred to as BIND, benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction. Withdrawal/BIND symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe, and in rare cases, fatal, as in the case of some types of seizures. You can find a list of possible benzo withdrawal/BIND symptoms here: benzowithdrawalhelp.com/symptoms

The benzo withdrawal timeline is extremely unique to every person going through benzo withdrawal. There is no way to predict how long a person will take to recover. If you do a very rapid taper or cold turkey, you may experience symptoms longer than you would have if you had done a slow taper, but even that isn’t a given. As we say in my live support group, “your mileage may vary.” What helps one person may make another feel worse, and just because someone you know took years to heal doesn’t mean you won’t heal in a few months. Take your healing from benzo damage one day at a time, and know that your timeline for recovery is uniquely your own.

What is benzo withdrawal treatment? Well, there is no cure for benzo withdrawal/BIND. All we can do is stack the cards in our favor to heal as quickly as possible. Over the many years I’ve been in the benzo community, the four cornerstones of well-being, eat right, move enough, stress less, and love well are the things that help the most. Adjunct medications, as well as some treatments, can hamper our healing or make our symptoms worse. Detox centers and rehabs should be avoided unless it is imperative, for whatever reason, that you get off your benzo ask quickly as safely as possible. In the end, TIME IS THE BEST TREATMENT. Your body knows what to do to recover, and it is hard at work at it every day.

I have to say that AI did do a decent job with the keyword “benzo withdrawal support.” It noted that many websites provide information on benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, as well as forums where people share their experiences with benzo withdrawal, and it encouraged joining a support group. It didn’t do so well when it encouraged “Follow treatment recommendations from your doctor or therapist.”  Those words have harmed many of us in benzo withdrawal/BIND. If AI had written, “Follow treatment recommendations from a benzodiazepine-certified doctor or therapist,” I’d have felt much better! This is why I am creating a 2 CEUs certification course for healthcare professionals. Maybe after the course has been around a bit and more healthcare professionals are educated, ChatGpt will create correct content about benzodiazepines. Until then, I’ll keep writing with my own intelligence.

I’m curious about what misinformation you’ve encountered about benzodiazepines. Feel free to share in the comments. Maybe I’ll make a video about some of them soon!
From my heart to yours,
Dr. Jenn