"These drugs have produced a nightmare of dependence and addiction."
ERIE, Colo. (PRWEB) October 23, 2018
In 1979, Senator Ted Kennedy led a Senate subcommittee hearing into the dangers of benzodiazepines stating, “these drugs have produced a nightmare of dependence and addiction.” Almost 40 years later, this same class of drugs is 20 times more potent and taken by approximately 36 million Americans every day.
Known best by their brand names, such as Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax, benzodiazepines and z-drugs are continually prescribed long-term, despite decades of warnings. Withdrawal can be tortuous – a painful, agonizing, and life-altering experience that drags out over months, even years. If not managed properly, it can even be fatal. But there is hope. The burden of benzo withdrawal can be eased with proper knowledge, preparation, and support.
"Benzo Free" is the result of four years of research on over a thousand scientific studies, books, and articles. It is an honest and objective look at the world of anti-anxiety drugs blended with the real, personal story of withdrawal. Written in an engaging, conversational style, "Benzo Free" shares the history, science, and culture of benzos along with encouragement and guidance for those seeking help – all supported by over 350 cited references.
D E Foster is a writer, screenwriter, and former writing instructor at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Colorado Film School. For the past five years, D has experienced debilitating withdrawal complications from clonazepam (Klonopin), a prescription benzodiazepine. He is now four years benzo-free but still struggles with symptoms every day.
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