Benzodiazepines a Love Hate Relationship

Being diagnosed with Panic attacks and Generalized Anxiety disorder, I was prescribed Klonopin as the anecdote for my disorder. What I didn't know was that if taken long term they are a bitch to get off of. Tried cold turkey one time, not knowing this was not advised and after two weeks the walls looked... Continue Reading →

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Benzos, Opioids and Z-Drugs: Deadly Combos

With all the news media accounts and reports from governmental health organizations about the opioid epidemic, including the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, a newly emerging threat is gaining attention: use and misuse of benzodiazepines, opioid drugs and Z-drugs. Specifically, combining these three drugs can create a deadly combination that snuffs out lives. Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths... Continue Reading →

Pro’s and Con’s of Benzodiazepines. Why don’t Doctor’s Know?

Its beyond my comprehension, how doctors are so uneducated to properly understand how to taper someone who has taken klonopin or any benzodiazepine for a long period of time. We have doctors that are older and prescribed these medication freely in the 80's and 90's who now are hesitant to prescribe these medications because of... Continue Reading →

My Doctor Prescribes it, I can’t be an Addict

The newest revision of the diagnostic manual for mental disorders (the DSM-5) has updated the criteria commonly used to diagnose either an alcohol disorder (commonly referred to as alcoholism) or a substance use disorder. According to the DSM-5, a “substance use disorder describes a problematic pattern of using alcohol or another substance that results in... Continue Reading →

Six Untold Secrets of Benzodiazepine Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome

It cannot be too strongly stressed that withdrawal symptoms can be minimized and largely avoided by slow tapering, tailored to the individual's needs. However, some long-term benzodiazepine users begin to experience "withdrawal" symptoms even though they continue taking the drug. This is due to the development of drug tolerance which sometimes leads doctors to increase... Continue Reading →

What I Know about Mental Health and Substance abuse

What you Dont Know about Mental Health and Substance Abuse It's not uncommon for Mental Health Disorders, to be accompanied by Substance abuse. I write this post, from personnal experience. Anxiety, General Anxiety disorder (GAD), Depression, Bipolar Disorder sometimes are not always treated properly, or they go untreated altogether. Sometimes people treated with these disorders... Continue Reading →

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