Battle Against Tranquillisers is an organization created to lessen the harm caused by benzodiazepine and Z drug tranquillisers and sleeping pills. The organization’s stated aims are:
- To help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines, tranquillisers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects, and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.
- To educate and inform all those who may come across the problem of BZ etc. addiction, either personally or professionally, towards an understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs’ action and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal.
- To influence services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from benzodiazepines and similar drugs.
Battle Against Tranquillisers provides direct services to users and carers through local support groups, drop-ins, home visits, a peer support line, and technical support for agencies and workers. They also provide public education through presentations and their website.
The website’s “About Benzos” section includes information about a variety of topics related to benzos such as withdrawal symptoms, dependency, the history of benzos, and benzos and driving. The “I Need Help” section describes the organization’s direct services in depth and provides information about how to access those services. The section also includes client stories and testimonials.
The website also answers some frequently asked questions about benzodiazepines, such as how long withdrawal symptoms typically last and how to taper from tranquillisers.