Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking is a memoir by Peter Ritson, a co-founder of the nonprofit organization CITA (Council for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction) in England. The book details Ritson’s journey from benzodiazepine withdrawal. Ritson became addicted to a sleep aid drug when it could be purchased over the counter; when the government began regulating it and a prescription was necessary for purchase, he had to quit cold turkey. This is the story of how he survived cold turkey withdrawal.


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