Are Anti-Anxiety Meds the Next Opioid Crisis? “BENZO FREE,” a New Book by D E Foster, Reveals the Facts and Intimate Reality of this Developing Epidemic.

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Millions of people take anti-anxiety meds, such as Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax, every day, and yet few know anything about them. Withdrawal from benzos can be tortuous and last months, even years. BENZO FREE: THE WORLD OF ANTI-ANXIETY DRUGS AND THE REALITY OF WITHDRAWAL is the result of four years of research on over a thousand scientific studies and articles. It covers the history, science, benefits, and dangers of these drugs while blending in a first-hand account of what it’s really like to withdraw.

"These drugs have produced a nightmare of dependence and addiction."

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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