Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape from Benzo Madness

A 2013 book by MIA blogger Matt Samet, chronicling his “near-fatal struggle with anxiety and depression, and his nightmarish journey through the dangerous world of prescription drugs.”

In this book, Matt Samet eloquently describes the depression that led him to seek professional help and discusses how he developed an addiction to benzodiazepines. The book also details Matt’s recovery and how his passion for rock climbing in the wilderness helped him survive the withdrawal process.


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