The Benzo Free Podcast

D E Foster

Launched in February 2019, the Benzo Free Podcast has become a lifeline of the benzo community providing information, support, and a personal connection to thousands struggling with benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal (BIND). Hosted by D E Foster, the podcast blends personal stories, interviews, and a variety of facts and studies from a decade of research and lived experience. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by anxiety medication, you might want to check it out. Learn more on our website at https://easinganxiety.com/podcast. read less
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BIND Bewilderment, Iatrogenic Isolation , and Symptom Struggles | Benzo Free 133
May 31 2024
BIND Bewilderment, Iatrogenic Isolation , and Symptom Struggles | Benzo Free 133
If processing new benzo symptoms is confusing, overwhelming, and furstrating — you're not alone. Today, we look at new symptoms, talk a bit about loneliness, and explore recent feedback on the podcast and BIND.CHAPTERS0:00:00 Nerve pain, stress, and loneliness0:02:06 Three topics for today's episode0:02:48 1) Loneliness in BIND0:06:49 2) Processing new symptoms0:08:06 Obsessing, looping, and ruminating0:11:56 Not everything is a benzo symptom0:14:56 Conflicting advice and solutions0:15:42 What if this gets worse?0:16:37 Stress from worrying might make it worse0:17:05 Finding a good mindset0:18:11 3) Podcast stats and controversies0:19:02 I took some time off for healing0:20:29 Don't know what's said on social media0:21:41 BIND, setbacks, and negativity0:22:37 Foot pain and benzo brain0:23:30 Sharing my story…honestly0:27:34 My case is rare0:28:11 BIND and ABIND controversy0:33:03 My focus is benzos0:34:12 Everybody has the right to their opinion0:34:54 I'm staying true to being honest0:35:24 Signing off, and forgetting my closingRECODING INFO— RECORDED: Friday, May 31, 2024PODCAST SITELINKS— PODCAST WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.com/benzofree— EASING ANXIETY: https://www.easinganxiety.com— YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — X (TWITTER): https://twitter.com/@easinganxPODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax.PODCAST DISCLAIMERThe Benzo Free podcast is for general information purposes only and should never be considered medical, psychological, or any other form of health advice. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices, psychological treatments, or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.SUICIDE PREVENTIONIf you, or anyone you know, is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Resources can be found on our website at: https://www.easinganxiety.com/resources#suicide.PODCAST MUSICAll music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)Benzo Free Theme Music— TITLE: Walk in the Park— ARTIST: Neil CrossPODCAST PRODUCTIONThe Benzo Free Podcast is part of the Easing Anxiety network (https://easinganxiety.com) and is a production of Denim Mountain Press (https://denimmountainpress.com).
New Symptoms, Old Symptoms, and the Search for Support | Benzo Free 132
May 19 2024
New Symptoms, Old Symptoms, and the Search for Support | Benzo Free 132
Confusion. Lack of support. The Search for Solid Information. Ongoing symptoms. New symptoms. The problems tied with benzo withdrawal and BIND seem endless sometimes. Today, I share some of my experiences and talk through the struggles we all face.CHAPTERS0:00:00 Welcome Back0:00:36 Frustration with Medical Community0:01:38 BIND Makes Life Harder0:02:30 My New Nerve Pain0:03:45 COVID, BIND, and New Symptoms0:05:11 The Cyclic Search for Symptom Cause0:06:04 Murphy Break / uneven podcast0:07:26 Symptoms and the Ongoing Struggle0:07:53 Foot Pain Live / Why I Still Have Symptoms0:09:08 Visualizations, Purpose, and Healing0:11:34 Symptom Progression Pattern0:13:32 Finding Good Info & Support0:16:12 Benzo Community Controversy0:16:32 Emotion vs. Reason0:19:07 Failings of the Medical System0:20:48 We Have to Keep Moving Forward0:20:59 Send Us Feedback0:22:32 It's a Long Road for Some of Us0:24:00 Wrapping Things UpREFERENCESPODCAST: COVID and Benzos: Immunity, Vaccines, Symptoms— https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/covid-and-benzos-immunity-vaccines-symptoms-bfp080When COVID Meets BIND: How Does Long COVID Affect Benzo Withdrawal?— https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/when-covid-meets-bind-how-does-long-covid-affect-benzo-withdrawal-bfp113RECODING INFO— RECORDED: Sunday, May 19, 2024— LOCATION: ColoradoPODCAST SITELINKS— PODCAST WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.com/benzofree— EASING ANXIETY: https://www.easinganxiety.com— YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — X (TWITTER): https://twitter.com/@easinganxPODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax.PODCAST DISCLAIMERThe Benzo Free podcast is for general information purposes only and should never be considered medical, psychological, or any other form of health advice. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices, psychological treatments, or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.SUICIDE PREVENTIONIf you, or anyone you know, is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Resources can be found on our website at: https://www.easinganxiety.com/resources#suicide.PODCAST MUSICAll music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)Benzo Free Theme Music— TITLE: Walk in the Park— ARTIST: Neil CrossPODCAST PRODUCTIONThe Benzo Free Podcast is part of the Easing Anxiety network (https://easinganxiety.com) and is a production of Denim Mountain Press (https://denimmountainpress.com).
Podcasts, Community Updates, and a New Format | Benzo Free 131
May 1 2024
Podcasts, Community Updates, and a New Format | Benzo Free 131
What's new at Benzo Free? What's new in the benzo community? And what's new in research, training, and support? In today's episode, the Benzo Free Podcast returns with a new format and a revitalized outlook for the future. I hope you'll join us.CHAPTERS0:00:00 Our New Format0:01:34 Setbacks & Honesty0:05:29 Happy to Be Back0:06:25 the "uneven" podcast0:10:47 Podcast Frequency0:11:59 Community Updates0:12:38 Raw, Unscripted, & Flawed0:13:28 How Are You Doing?0:16:11 Benzo Peer Training0:21:01 Research Update0:22:53 Where Benzo Studies Often Fail0:25:24 My Benzo Background0:27:38 Who Do You Trust for Info?0:31:36 Benzo Brain Break0:31:48 I Got Burned Out / Me Being Me0:33:27 It's Been a Rough Road0:34:41 ClosingREFERENCES"uneven" podcast— https://easinganxiety.com/unevenEasing Anxiety YouTube Channel— https://youtube.com/@EasingANXBenzo Peer Support Training— https://benzopeertraining.orgThe Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices— https://benzoreform.orgBenzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC)— https://benzoinfo.comBenzo Warrior— https://benzowarrior.comRECODING INFO— RECORDED: Wednesday, May 1, 2024— LOCATION: ColoradoPODCAST SITELINKS— PODCAST WEBSITE: httpwww.easinganxiety.com/benzofree— EASING ANXIETY: https://www.easinganxiety.com— YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — X (TWITTER): https://twitter.com/@easinganxPODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax.PODCAST DISCLAIMERThe Benzo Free podcast is for general information purposes only and should never be considered medical, psychological, or any other form of health advice. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices, psychological treatments, or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.SUICIDE PREVENTIONIf you, or anyone you know, is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Resources can be found on our website at: https://www.easinganxiety.com/resources#suicide.PODCAST MUSICAll music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)Benzo Free Theme Music— TITLE: Walk in the Park— ARTIST: Neil CrossPODCAST PRODUCTIONThe Benzo Free Podcast is part of the Easing Anxiety network (https://easinganxiety.com) and is a production of Denim Mountain Press (https://denimmountainpress.com).
Restarting, Reconnecting, and Remembering Christy
Mar 20 2024
Restarting, Reconnecting, and Remembering Christy
Dr. Christy Huff was a friend, a colleague, and giant in the benzo community. What effect does this loss have on our community? On our colleagues? On ourselves? How do we process this event and continue to move forward? In today’s episode, we first pay tribute to Dr. Christy Huff and discuss what her passing means to each of us. We then catch up the past few months, share some personal insights, discuss community news, and even introduce a brand-new podcast — “uneven.” Video ID: BFP130 CHAPTERS0:00:00 INTRODUCTION0:05:29 Learning About Christy0:08:46 Processing the Loss0:10:23 Tribute Web Page0:11:28 Christy’s Obit0:13:23 A Bit More About Christy0:15:19 Hard News to Accept0:17:49  Hope & Healing0:25:19 Celebrating Christy0:28:44 Being Respectful0:29:43 Checking In / Seek Support0:33:02 FEATURE0:34:01 Our 5th Anniversary0:35:17 Time Off to Heal0:36:18 Re-evaluating Priorities0:38:04 Florida Trip0:39:28 Research Update0:41:13 BAWG Co-Chair Resignation0:42:05 Peer Specialist Training Program0:44:00 Love of Podcasting0:45:22 Benzo Free Podcast is Back0:46:52 New Streamlined Process0:47:35 INTRODUCING “uneven”0:48:29 About the New Podcast0:49:53 How It’s Different0:51:35 Celebrating Our Failures and Flaws 0:52:26 Real and Raw and Honest0:53:35 A Calming, Human Voice0:54:56 Road Trips and Prequel0:56:55 Launching This Week0:59:39 Wrapping This Up0:59:39 Focus on Podcasts1:03:02 Thank You1:03:56 “uneven” Release Date1:04:50 CLOSING REFERENCESIntroduction (Christy Huff)—    Christy Huff Tribute Page — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/tribute-to-dr-christy-huff—    Memorial Fund for Christy Huff — https://www.benzoinfo.com/2024/03/07/the-future-of-bic/—    Benzo Free Podcast Interview with Dr. Christy Huffo  Part I: https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/a-conversation-with-dr-christy-huff-part-1-of-2-bfp044o  Part II: https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/a-conversation-with-dr-christy-huff-part-2-of-2-bfp045 Feature—    TRAINING: Benzodiazepine Peer Training – https://benzopeertraining.org—    WORK GROUP: Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG) – https://benzoaction.org —    PODCAST: “uneven” – https://easinganxiety.com/uneven—    RESEARCH:  Development and validation of a theory-based questionnaire examining barriers and facilitators to discontinuing long-term benzodiazepine receptor agonist use — https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37919219/  PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.  MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)  Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park" — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Press https://www.denimmountainpress.com
Things I Learned Teaching Benzo Peer Training
Nov 22 2023
Things I Learned Teaching Benzo Peer Training
A benzo peer support training class can be quite educational — especially for the instructor. In early November, I had the pleasure of teaching a sold-out course to individuals with a wide mix of backgrounds. It was quite illuminating. In today’s episode, I share some insights from teaching peer support training. I also discuss my response to some constructive criticism, look at our focus here at Easing Anxiety, and wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Video ID: BFP129 CHAPTERS00:00 INTRODUCTION00:16 Thanksgiving & Family03:11 Feedback Form Fixed04:18 Constructive Criticism06:33 Our Direction / Indecision07:22 Anxiety Management & BIND10:43 Our Focus on Mental Health13:52 Connecting with You15:55 Not Medical Advice16:33 How Ya Doin’?19:48 FEATURE 21:28 About the Course24:52 Benzos & Recovery (SUD)30:06 Learning from Recovery (SUD)31:20 Interaction & Discussion33:08 Teaching BIND36:10 Boundaries37:16 Patient Boundaries39:43 Caregiver Boundaries41:31 Categories of Symptoms48:37 Benzos and Alcohol52:21 Active Benzo Community54:25 You Got This!56:02 CLOSING  REFERENCESFeedback—    What Do You Want to See at Easing Anxiety? — https://easinganxiety.com/feedbackResources—    Benzo Peer Training — https://benzopeertraining.org —    BIND Symptoms (14 Categoreies) — https://easinganxiety.com/symptoms  SITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE — Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com — YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx — Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfb — Instagram: https://instagram.com/easinganx SUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US — Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe — Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate  PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.  MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)  Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park" — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Press https://www.denimmountainpress.com
Conversation with Dr. Doryn Chervin: Benzos, BIND, Organizations, and Updates
Nov 13 2023
Conversation with Dr. Doryn Chervin: Benzos, BIND, Organizations, and Updates
Meet Dr. Doryn Chervin. Hear her benzo story. Her background in public health. Her take on benzos, BIND, setbacks, research, doctors, healing, the benzo community, and what has been going on behind the scenes at Easing Anxiety. Doryn Chervin holds a doctorate in public health and spent 40 years as a public health program strategist and evaluator. She is also on the board at the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices. Doryn took clonazepam for over 25 years, is now benzo-free, and works tirelessly helping those still struggling with dependence and BIND.Video ID: BFP128 CHAPTERS00:00 INTRODUCTION02:10 Welcome Doryn02:38 Doryn’s Background04:38 Suicide Prevention Leadership06:15 Doryn’s Benzo Story09:13 It’s Really Possible to Heal 09:42 How Are You Feeling Now? 11:01 BIND Setbacks12:38 Journey to Learn / FDA 13:33 Doryn and the Alliance 14:57 FDA / Kaiser Research Study17:43 Working Together at EA 19:38  Partnering with the Community 21:42 Anxiety and Instability 22:59 There’s No One Way25:32 Murphy Says Hi26:28 Upcoming Podcast on EA Plan27:10 Financial Sustainability 30:53 Getting to Know Doryn 31:55 Content & Services 34:56 An Information Resource35:55 A Strong Research Background39:26 The Human Connection43:03 We Want to Hear from You46:57 Sub Group Peer Support49:21 Live / In-Person Events51:00 Falling Asleep to the Podcast52:04 Burnout in Benzo Community54:02 EA Updates / Next Podcast55:25 Doryn’s Struggle with Anxiety57:04 CLOSING    REFERENCESFeedback—    What Do You Want to See at Easing Anxiety? — https://easinganxiety.com/feedbackResources—    Doryn’s Introductory Blog Post — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/introducing-dr-doryn-chervin —    The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices — https://benzoreform.org  —    The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention — https://theactionalliance.org —    FDA 2020 Boxed Warning on Benzodiazepines https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/new-fda-warning-on-benzodiazepines-what-does-it-really-mean —    The Ashton Manual — https://easinganxiety.com/ashton —    BOOK: Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal — https://easinganxiety.com/book  —    Benzodiazepine Action Work Group — https://benzoaction.org—    A Peacock Consulting (Angela Peacock) — https://apeacockconsulting.com  SITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE — Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com — YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx — Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfb — Instagram: https://instagram.com/easinganx SUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US — Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe — Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate  PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.  MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)  Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park" — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Press https://www.denimmountainpress.com
Seeking Slumber: A Very Early Benzo Morning
Nov 10 2023
Seeking Slumber: A Very Early Benzo Morning
It’s 3:00am. Sleep is elusive. Collective thoughts converge on the manic mind. So, why not record a podcast? Join D as he ponders benzos and BIND, fatigue and fear, motivation, meditation, gratitude, and grace. All from the comfort of his own bed. Video ID: BFP127 CHAPTERS0:00:00 It’s 3:14 am0:02:21 Struggling Lately0:05:30 Podcast Delays 0:07:08 Benzo Peer Training0:07:51 Overwhelm & Fatigue0:09:02 New Content Coming… 0:10:35 Coping with Insomnia0:13:38 Missed Y’all 0:14:34 Ruminations in a Dark Room0:16:23 Finding Life Balance0:19:10 Motivation to Change 0:24:00 Discipline As We Heal0:26:00 Moving Forward0:28:38 It Does Get Better0:29:52 Advice for the Younger You?0:32:54 Being OK with Yourself 0:38:35 Trying to Belong0:40:14 A Calming Voice0:42:26 BIND Frustration / Emotion0:47:40 Talking in the Bathroom0:48:56 Podcasts & Authenticity0:51:24 Meditation & Perfectionism 0:53:53 Five Minute Meditation0:54:38 Yin Yoga & BIND0:56:19 Changing for the Better0:58:56 Benefits of Gratitude1:04:27 Three Gratitudes1:06:08 Being Grateful for Others1:13:27 CLOSING SITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE — Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com — YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx — Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfb — Instagram: https://instagram.com/easinganx SUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US — Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe — Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate  PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.  MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)  Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park" — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Press https://www.denimmountainpress.com
Our Mailbag: Symptoms, Science, Socialization and Success
Sep 8 2023
Our Mailbag: Symptoms, Science, Socialization and Success
Benzos and grief, diet, and distension. Benzos and pets, laughter, and levity. Benzos and indecision and lack of memory. Benzos and research, internet, and advocacy. So many topics, so much to discuss. In today’s episode, we dive into our mailbag again to hear from you. D shares some comments, answers some questions, and even reads some critical feedback. Join us for a few insights and friendly discussion.  Video ID: BFP126 CHAPTERS00:00 INTRODUCTION02:25 The Gift of Caregiving04:13 Our New Puppy05:48 The Social Benefit of Dogs07:50 Recent Blog Posts at EA09:41 1,000 YouTube Subscribers11:53 Graham, Jimmy, & Robin 17:07  Lightening the Load 21:45 A.I. and Being Genuine24:20 MAILBAG24:33 Indecision and  Control28:11 Five Stages of Grief29:25 No One Path31:11 Connection So Important32:45 Benzo Belly35:58 What Is a Healthy Diet?38:00 Way Too Much About Me39:04 Angie at Burning Man42:00  Internet for Awareness43:38 Research Is Important45:19 Internet Limitations46:09 Content Vying for Coverage47:27 Has My Memory Improved?50:51 Thanks for the Comments52:12 MOMENT OF PEACE REFERENCES INTRODUCTION — Easing Anxiety Blog Posts: https://www.easinganxiety.com/posts/categories/blog — Our New Puppy Blog Post: https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/meet-murphy-our-new-mascot MAILBAG — Indecision — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/anxiety-and-indecision-6-tips-to-help-you-decide — 5 Stages of Grief — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/benzos-bind-and-the-5-stages-of-grief — Who Am I Now? — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/who-am-i-now-confidence-and-self-esteem-in-benzo-withdrawal-bind-bfp122 — Benzo Belly (Take 2) — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/benzo-belly-our-gut-in-withdrawal-take-2-bfp060 — Lazy Morning on the Patio — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/lazy-morning-on-the-patio-updates-community-compassion-and-coaching  — Angela Peacock — https://apeacockconsulting.com — BIND Roundtable — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/the-bind-roundtable-benzodiazepine-survey-research-team — Benzo Brain — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/benzo-brain-cognitive-symptoms-in-withdrawal-bfp073 SITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE — Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com — YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx — Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx — Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfb SUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US — Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe — Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate  PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com) Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park" — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Press https://www.denimmountainpress.com
Lazy Morning on the Patio: Updates, Community, Compassion, and Coaching
Aug 7 2023
Lazy Morning on the Patio: Updates, Community, Compassion, and Coaching
What’s new at Easing Anxiety? What’s new in the benzo community? What’s new in the world of BIND? And what should someone new to benzos do if they’re just getting started? Join D for an off-script conversation this lazy Sunday morning.In today’s episode, D records the podcast live on his back patio enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. He discusses the EA Community, a new team member, lingering symptoms, coaching, training, surviving, and a few tips for those just getting started.Video ID: BFP125 CHAPTERS00:00 Introduction02:41 Sunday on the Porch05:05 Replying to Your Emails08:41 EA Community Update09:56 Welcome Doryn Chervin11:41 How to Be Notified12:37 Podcast Update13:59 My Health Status15:39 9 Years Benzo Free16:21 Managing the Crazy17:26 Starting Out Afraid18:48 Why I Still Have Symptoms21:40 More Benzo Support Today24:19 Advice for Beginners25:37 Amazing Benzo Support Orgs30:55 You Got This31:38 Love Doing the Podcast33:23 Blog, Subscribe, and Log In35:08 Coaching and Training40:46 We Heal41:30 BIND and BIND Coverage43:54 Our Approach at EA46:20 Compassionate Responsibility51:03 D Unscripted52:04 Wish You Were Here55:58 Thank You57:03 ClosingBIND RESOURCES— Easing Anxiety — https://easinganxiety.com— Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) — https://benzoinfo.com— The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices — https://benzoreform.org— Benzo Action Work Group — https://benzoaction.org— Benzo Peer Training — https://benzopeertraining.org— Baylissa Frederick — https://mccare.org— Jennifer Leigh — https://benzowithdrawalhelp.com— Benzo Warrior — https://benzowarrior.com— Geraldine Burns — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/benzodiazepine-awareness-with-geraldine-burns/id1358022441— Angela Peacock — https://apeacockconsulting.comSITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE— Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com— YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx— Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx— Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfbSUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US— Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe— Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies.Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com)Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park"— Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com
The BIND Roundtable (Benzodiazepine Survey Research Team)
Jun 30 2023
The BIND Roundtable (Benzodiazepine Survey Research Team)
Join the Benzodiazepine Survey Research Team for a lively roundtable discussion about their research, the findings from the survey, and their latest paper which formally introduces the term benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction, or BIND. Benzodiazepine use and discontinuation are associated with nervous system injury and negative life effects that continue after discontinuation, according to the article “Long-term consequences of benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction: A survey” published June 29, 2023, in the open access journal PLOS ONE.The research team in attendance includes A. J. Reid Finlayson, MD, D E Foster, BA, Christy Huff, MD, Peter R. Martin, MD, MSc, and Alexis D. Ritvo, MD, MPH, along with moderator Angela Peacock, MSW.CHAPTERS00:00 Introductions (Peacock)06:02 Where It All Started (Huff)07:27 Intro to the 3rd Paper (Ritvo) 09:15 Recognizing BIND Differentiation (Foster)09:51 Is Withdrawal and BIND Different? (Martin)12:00 Limitations and Research (Finlayson)13:32 Delphic Process for Determining BIND (Ritvo) 16:23 Appropriateness of the Term BIND (Finlayson) 16:44 BIND Definition (Ritvo)17:18 Neuroadaptation & Neurotoxicity (Martin)20:40 Adverse Life Events (Ritvo) 22:22 What’s Next for the Team? (Martin)24:45 What About Other Psych Drugs? (Ritvo)28:12 Any New Research Projects? (Foster) 28:44 Narrative Study of Benzo Buddies (Huff)29:22  Scoping Literature Review on Long-Term Benzo Effects (Ritvo)30:35 Overuse, Effectiveness, & Mental Health (Finlayson)32:17 Toxicity of Benzodiazepines (Martin) 34:54 Confusing for Doctors Too (Martin)36:11 Most Symptoms Are New (Martin)37:44 Large Data Analysis (Finlayson) 38:04 Any Research on Actual Neurology (Martin)38:55 Important to Narrow Down Symptoms of BIND (Finlayson) 39:17 Long Term Effects of Benzos & Other Psych Drugs (Finlayson)41:31 Neurotoxicity & Hope / People Do Heal (Foster)42:41 People Do Heal / She Is Healed (Huff)43:18 Connections with Others (Finlayson)45:16 It’s Hard on Doctors Too (Martin)49:40 Marathon Not a Sprint (Ritvo)51:47 That’s a Wrap (Peacock)52:22 Acknowledgments (Foster)REFERENCESNEW PUBLICATION (3rd Paper / Focus of Roundtable)— Ritvo A, Foster DE, Finlayson R, Silvernail B, Martin P. Long-term consequences of benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction: A Survey. PLOS ONE. June 29, 2023. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0285584. OTHER PUBLICATIONS ON THE BENZODIAZPINE SURVEY OF 2018/2019— Reid Finlayson AJ, Macoubrie J, Huff C, Foster DE, Martin PR. Experiences with benzodiazepine use, tapering, and discontinuation: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2022;12. doi:10.1177/20451253221082386. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20451253221082386. — Huff C, Finlayson AJR, Foster DE, Martin PR. Enduring neurological sequelae of benzodiazepine use: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2023;13. doi:10.1177/20451253221145561. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20451253221145561. BIND INFOMORMATION— BIND Definition (The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices) — https://benzoreform.org/BIND — Basics of BIND (Easing Anxiety) — https://easinganxiety.com/BINDBENZODIAZEPINE RESOURCES— The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices — https://benzoreform.org — Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) — https://benzoinfo.com — Easing Anxiety (The Benzo Free Podcast) — https://easinganxiety.com — The Benzodiazepine Action Work Group (BAWG) — https://benzoaction.org— A Peacock Consulting (Angela Peacock) — https://apeacockconsulting.com **************************************************************Produced by Easing Anxiety (The Benzo Free Podcast)https://easinganxiety.com **************************************************************DISCLAIMERAll content provided in this video is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The presenters in this roundtable are not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit Easing Anxiety’s website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com
Conversation with Podcaster Naftal Benisty (Benzo Tired)
Jun 6 2023
Conversation with Podcaster Naftal Benisty (Benzo Tired)
Naftal Benisty is the creator and host of the podcast, “Benzo Tired.” A social worker by trade, Naftal’s personal experience with kindling, seizures, and multiple prescriptions for benzodiazepines steered him into the world of benzo advocacy.In our conversation, Naftal shares his benzo story and the reasons he decided to start a podcast. We also talk about seizures, the indefinite hold, BIND, deprescribing guidelines, medical education, remaining positive, and so much more.Video ID: BFP123CHAPTERS0:00:00 INTRODUCTION0:01:06 Feeling Good / Taking a Break0:02:54 Peer Support Training0:04:34 Checking in with You0:08:54 FEATURE: Naftal Benisty0:13:51 Welcome0:14:36 A Bit About Naftal0:16:15 Naftal’s Benzo Story0:26:32 Benzos and Seizures0:29:20 Tapering & the Indefinite Hold0:35:18 How Are You Now?0:36:18 Starting His Podcast0:38:29 Making the Podcast Is a Gift0:41:04 Benefits of Lived Experience0:43:44 BIND Discovery0:44:59 Consortium’s Deprescribing Guidelines0:46:28 U.S. vs. International Benzo Support0:50:31 Educating Medical Professionals0:52:08 Are There Good Benzo Uses?0:53:48 Haeley & Tom Episode0:56:22 Our Caregivers0:59:16 Future for Naftal / Podcast1:00:47 Long COVID and Benzos1:01:16 How Podcasts Help1:03:48 Balancing Honesty and Positivity1:06:09 Doing Great Work1:06:58 One Piece of Advice1:07:17 Deprescribing Guidelines1:08:57 Shane Kenny’s Movie1:09:20 Final Words1:10:50 CLOSING RESOURCES— Benzo Tired on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7HHdbrsbTpMMmlrL9TCWfi— Benzo Tired: Haely & Tom Episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1VTFkXLVDrMVrHdHiaoMaV?si=P5_pecyKSyap3iSweKPwsg— BAWG Documentation (scroll down to see “projects”): https://benzoaction.org— Deprescribing Guidelines from BAWG: https://corxconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/Benzo-Deprescribing.pdf— BIND Description: https://easinganxiety.com/BIND SITE LINKSVISIT US ONLINE— Website: https://www.easinganxiety.com— YouTube: https://youtube.com/@easinganx— Twitter: https://twitter.com/@easinganx— Facebook: https://facebook.com/easinganxfb— Instagram: https://instagram.com/easinganxSUBSCRIBE / SUPPORT US— Join Our Mailing List: https://easinganxiety.com/subscribe— Make a Donation: https://easinganxiety.com/donate PODCAST SUMMARYThis podcast is dedicated to those who struggle with side effects, dependence, and withdrawal from benzos, a group of drugs from the benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine classes, better known as anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, sedatives, and minor tranquilizers. Their common brand names include Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Lunesta, Valium, and Xanax. DISCLAIMERAll content provided on this YouTube channel is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical or health advice. The author of the content provided on this channel is not engaged in rendering medical, health, psychological, or any other kind of personal or professional services. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies.Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. MUSIC CREDITS— All music provided / licensed through Storyblocks (https://www.storyblocks.com) Benzo Free Theme— Title: "Walk in the Park"— Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTION CREDITSEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com
Who Am I Now? Confidence and Self-Esteem in Benzo Withdrawal (BIND)
May 12 2023
Who Am I Now? Confidence and Self-Esteem in Benzo Withdrawal (BIND)
Personality changes. Loss of ability. Loss of confidence. Loss of self. These are common in benzo withdrawal and BIND, and yet we rarely talk about them. What does this look like? What are its causes? And most of all, what can we do about it?In today’s episode, we explore the loss of self during benzo withdrawal. We also respond to a question on tinnitus, share a comment on the benefits of nature, and hear a benzo story from New Zealand.https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/who-am-i-now-confidence-and-self-esteem-in-benzo-withdrawal-bind-bfp122Video ID: BFP122Chapters00:00 INTRODUCTION01:28 Back from Vacation03:36 Benzo Work Updates04:57 Still Have Some Symptoms07:00 Today’s Format08:11 MAILBAG08:17 Benzos and Tinnitus12:58 Nature and Connection15:39 BENZO STORY16:29 Eta’s Mum’s Story / New Zealand22:04 Medical Communication Failures25:40 FEATURE26:59 BIND Refresher27:43 Our Lives Have Changed28:29 Benzo Life Effects Data30:41 Loss of Confidence35:00 Humility vs. Egoism35:54 Symptoms that Affect Confidence38:23 What Can We Do?38:42 Making Use of the Extra Time40:35 Finding Acceptance42:59 Six Tips for Improving Self-Esteem47:22 MOMENT OF PEACE ResourcesThe following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.— Ackerman, Courtney E. “What Is Self-Confidence? (+9 Proven Ways to Increase It).” Positive Psychology. July 9, 2018. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://positivepsychology.com/self-confidence/.— Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. https://easinganxiety.com/ashton.— Finlayson, AJ Reid, Macoubrie J, Huff C, Foster DE, Martin PR. Experiences with benzodiazepine use, tapering, and discontinuation: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2022;12. doi:10.1177/20451253221082386. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20451253221082386.— Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, CO: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://www.benzofree.org/book.— Huff C, Finlayson AJR, Foster DE, Martin PR. Enduring neurological sequelae of benzodiazepine use: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2023;13. doi:10.1177/20451253221145561. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20451253221145561.— Ravenscraft, Eric. “Practical Ways to Improve Your Confidence (and Why You Should).” New York Times. June 3, 2019. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/smarter-living/how-to-improve-self-confidence.html.— Tinnitus. Mayo Clinic Patient Care & Health Information. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156.— “Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Low Self-Esteem.” Ditch the Label. September 26, 2022. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.ditchthelabel.org/overcoming-low-self-esteem/. The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribeYOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganxDISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.CREDITSMusic provided / licensed by Storyblocks Audio— https://www.storyblocks.comBenzo Free Theme — Title: “Walk in the Park”— Artist: Neil CrossPRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Final): Life’s Detours
Apr 18 2023
Rx Road Trip (Final): Life’s Detours
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Final) / Presentation Cancellation, Vacation Reschedule, Benzo Community Activity, Social Media Effects, and Rollin’ with the Changeshttps://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-final-lifes-detours-bfp121Podcast ID: BFP121Chapters00:00 Which Day Is It?00:19 Presentation / Vacation04:59 What to Talk About?05:48 Benzo Community Activity06:15 Social Media Effects08:30 Promoting Others’ Sites10:12 Rollin’ with the Changes12:23 Closing ResourcesThe following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribeYOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganxDISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Day 5-6): Conference Day 1 / Symptom Management
Apr 12 2023
Rx Road Trip (Day 5-6): Conference Day 1 / Symptom Management
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Day 5-6) / 1st Day of Rx Summit, Small Victories, Managing Benzo Limitations, BIND, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Urinary Difficulties, Fear of Heights, and Finding Ways to Do Thingshttps://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-day-5-6-conference-day-1-symptom-management-bfp120Video ID: BFP120Chapters00:00 Welcome to Days 5-600:28 Day 5 Recap01:31 First Day of Conference04:15 Benzo Morning Obsessions06:50 Small Victories07:13 Managing Limitations07:47 Pelvic Floor Dysfunction10:45 Managing PFD14:57 Symptom Management15:50 Fear of Heights17:40 Finding Ways to Do Things19:06 Thought Train Derailment 220:30 Closing ResourcesThe following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribeYOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganxDISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Day 4): Limitations and Boundaries
Apr 10 2023
Rx Road Trip (Day 4): Limitations and Boundaries
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Day 4) / Nashville, TN to Alpharetta, GA / Driving and Flying Working Around Limitations, Emotions and Social Media, Setting Boundarieshttps://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-day-4-limitations-and-boundaries-bfp119Video ID: BFP119Chapters00:00 Welcome to Georgia02:16 Managing My Symptoms 102:46 Hotel Room Tour04:51 Driving in the Rai05:42 Managing My Symptoms 206:24 Driving and Flying07:47 Work Around Limitations08:48 Emotions and Social Media11:59 Setting Boundaries12:52 Train of Thought Derailment13:20 Back to Boundaries14:53 Care for Our Caregivers15:37 Closing ResourcesThe following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribeYOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganxDISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Day 3): People on the Roadside
Apr 9 2023
Rx Road Trip (Day 3): People on the Roadside
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Day 3) / Branson, MO to Nashville, TN / Back Home in Missouri, People with Crosses on the Roadside, Getting Out There and Doing Thingshttps://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-day-3-people-on-the-roadside-bfp118Video ID: BFP118Chapters00:00 Welcome to Opryland01:11 Back Home in Missouri03:27 Roadside Crosses: Preface07:29 Roadside Crosses: Interview09:24 Roadside Crosses: Follow Up12:54 Getting Out There and Doing Things14:31 Closing ResourcesThe following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribeYOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganxDISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer.PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Day 2): Benzos, Confidence, and Indecision
Apr 8 2023
Rx Road Trip (Day 2): Benzos, Confidence, and Indecision
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Day 2) / Salina, KS to Branson, MO / Benzos and indecision, the loss of confidence, life becoming small, and appreciation of the little things.https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-day-2-benzos-confidence-and-indecision-bfp117Video ID: BFP117Chapters 00:00 Welcome to Branson01:24 Drive Status01:58 Confidence, Indecision, and Benzos07:10 Life Becoming Small09:06 Appreciating the Little Things11:50 What’s Next?12:55 Thanks for Joining Me13:08 Finding Beauty in Everything14:13 Closing  Resources The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata). WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribe YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx DISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com ©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Rx Road Trip (Day 1): Series Intro
Apr 8 2023
Rx Road Trip (Day 1): Series Intro
Road Trip to the Rx Summit in Atlanta (Day 1) / Denver to Salina, Kansas / Series introduction, why I like road trips, a friendly voice. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/rx-road-trip-day-1-series-introVideo ID: BFP116Chapters 00:00 Welcome to Day 1 00:47 About the Road Trip 02:45 Why I Like Road Trips 03:33 Our New Social Feeds 04:31 Human Connection 07:33 A Friendly Voice 09:11 I Hope You’ll Join Me Resources The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Rx and Illicit Drug SummitRx Summit: https://rx-summit.comRx Summit Agenda (Benzo Presentation Tuesday 8:00am): https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/RxSummit/agenda.asp?startdate=4/11/2023&enddate=4/11/2023&BCFO=&pfp=FullSchedule&mode=&fa=&fb=&fc=&fd= The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata). WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribe YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx DISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com ©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Conversation with Benzo Coach David Powers (Part 2 of 2)
Apr 1 2023
Conversation with Benzo Coach David Powers (Part 2 of 2)
David Powers is an artist, filmmaker, PhD candidate in psychology, and founder of Powers Benzo Recovery Coaching. After a severe car accident, David became dependent on diazepam. Now benzo-free, he helps others through his films, videos, and coaching. In Part II of our conversation, we learn about support, coaching, and membership sites. We also discuss psychology, overprescribing, gratitude, burnout, healing, society, culture, and much more. Please join us for this relaxed and informative conversation.https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/conversation-with-benzo-coach-david-powers-part-2-of-2-bfp115Video ID: BFP115Chapters 00:00 INTRODUCTION02:04 Benzo Recovery School07:13 Benzo Collaboration13:09 Shooting Short Films14:25 Feature Benzo Film20:11 Support, Burnout, and Fees28:38 Benzo Clinic / Commune30:53 Structured Healing33:34 Opportunity for Positive Change37:07 Gratitude in Withdrawal37:37 Jungian Approach40:38 Not the Ideal Situation41:09 Benzo Overprescribing44:21 Benzo Revolution44:58 America, Society, and Unity47:43 Bruce Lee, a Chinese Hero48:22 Humanity and Positivity51:34 Age, Wisdom, and Reality56:43 Wrapping Up58:47 CLOSING Resources The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Powers Benzo CoachingWebsite — https://www.powersbenzocoaching.com/YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18DrdP18DuSxoi2dxuSYUgBenzo Recovery School — https://www.powersbenzocoaching.com/benzoschool The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata). WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribe YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx DISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. CREDITSMusic provided / licensed by Storyblocks Audio — https://www.storyblocks.com Benzo Free Theme — Title: “Walk in the Park” — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com ©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved
Conversation with Benzo Coach David Powers (Part 1 of 2)
Apr 1 2023
Conversation with Benzo Coach David Powers (Part 1 of 2)
David Powers is an artist, filmmaker, PhD candidate in psychology, and founder of Powers Benzo Recovery Coaching. After a severe car accident, David became dependent on diazepam. Now benzo-free, he helps others through his films, videos, and coaching. In Part I of our conversation, we hear about David’s personal struggle with benzodiazepines. We also discuss research and funding, the limbic system, GABA, fear, hope, symptoms, and even chat a bit about film. Please join us for this relaxed and informative conversation.https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/conversation-with-benzo-coach-david-powers-part-1-of-2-bfp114Video ID: BFP114Chapters 0:00:00 INTRODUCTION0:02:35 Rx Summit0:03:46 Upcoming Vacation0:06:02 INTERVIEW: Intro0:07:28 Filmmakers Chat0:11:38 Welcome to the Podcast0:12:34 David’s Benzo Story0:25:38 Benzo Advocacy0:27:29 Are You Fully Healed?0:28:39 Giving Hope 0:30:36 Audience-Led Podcasts0:33:14 Publishing His Book0:34:47 Moving into Coaching0:38:22 Benzo Recovery School0:44:56 Wrapping Up PhD0:46:26 Research and Funding0:50:35 Forums and Fear0:53:35 GABA and the Limbic System0:56:08 Responding to Fear 0:58:15 Nerves, Symptoms, and Focus1:02:24 CLOSING Resources The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein. Powers Benzo CoachingWebsite — https://www.powersbenzocoaching.com/YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18DrdP18DuSxoi2dxuSYUgBenzo Recovery School — https://www.powersbenzocoaching.com/benzoschool The PodcastThe Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata). WEBSITE: https://www.easinganxiety.comMAILING LIST: https://www.easinganxiety.com/subscribe YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@easinganx DISCLAIMERAll content provided by Easing Anxiety is for general informational purposes only and should never be considered medical advice. Any health-related information provided is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems, or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it. Please visit our website for our complete disclaimer at https://www.easinganxiety.com/disclaimer. CREDITSMusic provided / licensed by Storyblocks Audio — https://www.storyblocks.com Benzo Free Theme — Title: “Walk in the Park” — Artist: Neil Cross PRODUCTIONEasing Anxiety is produced by…Denim Mountain Presshttps://www.denimmountainpress.com ©2023 Denim Mountain Press – All Rights Reserved