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Hosted by author D E Foster, The Benzo Free Podcast explores the background and dangers of anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills while providing first-hand insight into the struggles of dependence and withdrawal.

Hosted by author D E Foster, The Benzo Free Podcast explores the background and dangers of anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills while providing first-hand insight into the struggles of dependence and withdrawal.
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Hosted by author D E Foster, The Benzo Free Podcast explores the background and dangers of anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills while providing first-hand insight into the struggles of dependence and withdrawal.




Finding Faith, Hope, and Acceptance in Benzo Withdrawal: A Conversation with Jennifer Leigh, PsyD

Can a unique blend of neuroscience, compassion, and spirituality be the secret to success in benzo withdrawal? Jennifer Leigh seems to think so. And so do many of the people she has coached. Our interview guest today is Jennifer Leigh, PsyD. In this enlightened conversation, Jennifer shares neurological insights she has acquired from her doctorate studies in psychology along with lessons from her own personal journey through withdrawal. You don't want to miss this one. Welcome to Episode #14...


Benzo Bad Guys: Anger, Aggression, Depression, and Obsession

Have you ever heard of Benzo Rage? What about other withdrawal symptoms like depression, aggression, or violent tendencies? All these behaviors can be escalated by benzos and learning how to deal with them just might be the key to success. In today's episode, D explores the behavioral symptoms of benzo withdrawal and shares a few resources which might help manage them. He also shines a light on Benzo Buddies, shares a comment about yeast overgrowth and candida, and tells a caregiver story...


Conversation with a Caregiver

The underappreciated angels of the benzo community are the caregivers. What's it like to take care of someone going through benzo withdrawal? What are the key hurdles? What are the burdens? And most of all, what are the secrets that no one told you?In today's episode, D interviews his very own wife and caregiver, Shana Foster, who shares her insights from 17 years of experience. We also have a benzo story from Indonesia and shine our spotlight on W-BAD and their benzo awareness efforts....


Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal

Have you ever heard of "benzo belly?" How about abdominal distension? The gut-brain connection? Since our digestive and central nervous systems are so closely linked, our gut can take a big hit during benzodiazepine withdrawal. In today's episode, we'll explore the symptoms of the gut and reveal some of their causes. We also have a benzo story from Switzerland which spans 44 years, have some great feedback in our mailbag, and highlight Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the work they...


Insights on Withdrawal: A Conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy, MA, LPC hits the benzo community trifecta. She is a benzo survivor, an activist in the benzo community, and a therapist with a decade of experience working with dependence and withdrawal.In today's episode, we have an in-depth interview with Liz where we learn valuable insights about resilience, survival, and hope. We also take a brief look at the dark side of an idle mind, discuss the difficulty of finding support in non-English speaking countries, and shine a fresh...


Anxiety: The Beast of Benzo Withdrawal

When it comes to benzo withdrawal, all roads lead to anxiety. Anxiety is not only the most persistent and pervasive symptom of withdrawal, but it’s also the catalyst which makes all the others worse. In today’s episode, we learn about this mysterious emotional juggernaut called anxiety. What is it? What causes it? Why is it worse in withdrawal? And most of all, what can be done to help ease it? We also have two benzo stories, several news items, and a welcome message to the caregiver....


An Introduction to Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

What are the common symptoms of benzo withdrawal? How many are there? What do they all have in common? And, will any of them be permanent? In today's episode, we take a brief tour through the persistent parade of possible symptoms which accompany benzo withdrawal syndrome. We also introduce a new documentary film in the works, discuss media coverage of BWS, and share a story of successful withdrawal. Welcome to Episode #8 In today's episode, we start touching on the symptomology of...


The Ashton Manual – Who Wrote It and Why You Should Read It

Have you read the Ashton Manual? Do you know what it is? Do you know who Prof. Ashton is? Well, if you or anyone you know is dependent on benzos, you should.In today's feature, we focus on Professor C. Heather Ashton, her work with benzo withdrawal patients, and her life-saving manual. And we say a heartfelt thank you, for all she has done. We also touch on some news, discuss GABA receptors and the doctor dilemma, and share the first benzo story from one of our listeners. Welcome to Episode...


Dependence, Disbelief, and the Doctor Dilemma

Do you feel all alone in your dependence on benzos? Do you feel like no one believes you? Not even your doctor? Well, you’re not alone — thousands of others feel exactly as you do.In episode 6 of the podcast, we're going to shake things up a bit. Today we will talk about the difficulties many of us face in finding qualified, educated medical assistance. We’ll share differing opinions on the subject and provide a few suggestions on how to find the compassionate support you deserve. Welcome to...


Managing the Fear of Benzo Withdrawal (Part 3 of 3)

Many see benzo withdrawal as an epic, exhausting, never-ending battle — but what if it doesn’t have to be? In the final part of this three-part series, you’ll learn how to step back, get out of your own way, and let your body heal.Kindness — both to yourself and to those around you — is a hidden secret to recovery. Anger and resentment have never been a recipe for healing. Finding acceptance of your condition and compassion for all involved is the surest way to have peace and finally...


Managing the Fear of Benzo Withdrawal (Part 2 of 3)

Are you in benzo withdrawal? Do you feel stuck? Hopeless? Do you wish you could be more positive? More active? In part two of this three-part series, you’ll learn tips for improving your physical and mental health. Maintaining a positive mindset during withdrawal may sound like a near impossibility — but it's a goal worth fighting for. And keeping active — while a continuous struggle – can be equally as challenging but just as key to your sanity and success. Podcast Summary This podcast is...


Managing the Fear of Benzo Withdrawal (Part 1 of 3)

Experts agree that reducing fear and anxiety is critical to success during benzo withdrawal. But how do you do that? In part one of this three-part series, I introduce fivekey areas of focus for creating a stable mindset during withdrawal. The first of these is taking responsibility. It's your body and your recovery — you should be in charge. Learn how to work with your doctor as a partner and take control of your own health and healing. Listen Now Podcast Summary This podcast is dedicated...


My Benzo Story (A Personal Account of Withdrawal)

What’s it really like to withdraw from anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills? For some of us, the experience is beyond words — but I will try anyway.Today, I share my personal story of benzo withdrawal — warts and all. I do this now to help raise awareness and hopefully become more relatable as your host. I was on clonazepam (Klonopin) for over 12 years and I'm now four years benzo-free. Even though I still have some symptoms, I consider my withdrawal a success. There is hope — if I can make...


What Everyone Should Know About Benzos

What are benzos and why should you care? If you’ve been taking anti-anxiety medication or sleeping pills, chances are it’s a benzo. Learn about the downside to benzos, where to turn for help, and what it’s like to withdraw.In our inaugural episode, D E Foster, author of the book, "Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal," discusses the basics that everyone should know about benzos whether you’ve taken the drug for years or never even heard of them before....