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Killer Brain Candy: One Woman’s Odyssey Through Benzodiazepine Addiction and Withdrawal or How Chicken...

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...o note that the main difference between the different types of benzodiazepines exists only in their potency and their duration of action in the body. Ativan is ten times the strength of Valium, which is, perhaps, the most well known of the benzodiazepines. Dr. Dave had chosen Ativan for its potency...

UK Woman Speaks Out About 22 Year Addiction With Prescribed Ativan

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...tures and article and video today about the widespread problem of addiction and withdrawal from benzodiazepine drugs used to treat anxiety, including Ativan, Librium, Diazepam and Temazepam. Mother of three Sandra Minshull shares her story and discusses how Ativan “robbed her of her life.” Video →...

The 99th Mile: When Benzo Withdrawal Meets Parenthood

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...h moors and could only slog from swamp to swamp, cloaked in a fog thick enough to swallow light. What I do know is that I received my first script of Ativan in January of 2010. By July of that year I was up to 6mg of Ativan a night. I took this amount, a powerhouse sedative for my slight five- foot...

My Story of Benzo Withdrawal and Activism

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...no memory at all, for that time. Then in 1981 I was prescribed 10 mgs daily of the drug Ativan, until in 1985 I was being doctor prescribed 30 mgs of Ativan daily. This amount of Ativan is equal to 300 mgs of Diazepam daily or 15 mgs of Klonopin daily. In addition, by this time my headaches where...

Ambien to Ativan and Tapering

A video made by a person in withdrawal from benzodiazepines and sleeping pills that offers information, personal experience, and hope for the journey to healing. She describes what it’s been like for her, what she’s learned, and what she didn’t know when she was first put on...

The Prescription that Changed My Life

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...sability because I worked for myself). I have lost a sense of safety in the world and in medical professionals whom I trusted to do no harm. You see, Ativan was pushed on me. I don’t want to sound like a victim, but it simply was. I went to a well-meaning holistic doctor after a shocking reaction...

Contesting the Chemical Cure

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...7;s my job! Oh, I’ve got just the drugs for you!:   Risperidal, Lamotrigine, Wellbutrin and Paroxetine, Effexor and Fluoxetine, Valproate, Ativan, Sertraline!”   A few months later I went back–not better, only worse Binging/purging daily now, I thought that I was cursed. He...

Call to Action: Support a Bill for Informed Benzodiazepine Use

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...n recent months. Benzodiazepines can cause long-term damage to the central nervous system, and in 10-30% of long-term users (defined by the makers of Ativan as more than 2-4 weeks), recovery can last from months to several years after cessation. Prescription guidelines, as outlined by the...

Who and What Killed Prince and Michael Jackson? Will the Role of Benzos Ever...

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...ddition to the propofol were all in his system.” “Sooo….!” I say with a baffling sense of amazement, “there were three benzodiazepines drugs (Valium, Ativan, and Versed) in his bloodstream, yet the medical examiner somehow determined that Michael Jackson died from acute Propofol intoxication.”...

Benzos: A Dance With the Devil

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...a job, or your house just burned down. Maybe you were attacked, or perhaps your husband makes you feel like you’re losing your mind. Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium spell simple relief. Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill. Like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics, the many...

How Big Pharma and the Medical Doctors Killed my Father

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...was again accused of “belligerence” and “being combative.” This time he was given—without his or our consent—an injection of the ‘anti-anxiety’ drug Ativan (lorazepam), a drug not approved for use in the elderly! The side effects of Ativan are no better than those of Haldol. This set Dad back even...

Once Upon a Time in Withdrawal

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...troubled, alcoholic home and from an early age suffered from severe anxiety. And so, when I was 15, my family doctor prescribed me a benzodiazepine: Ativan, twice daily. Not knowing that benzos are tranquilizers, I took it faithfully as prescribed and functioned quite well in high school as a...

Melissa Bond

Killer Brain Candy: After 2 years of Ativan for pregnancy-related insomnia, and the knowledge that the drug was slowly disassembling her brain and body, Melissa Bond went through a hellish withdrawal. She writes about it on her website, and in her forthcoming book, Dear Little Fish. The...

JC Curle

...ng on her master’s in clinical mental health, pursuing her goal of becoming a mental health counselor, when she was disabled by the prescribed use of Ativan in 2014. Shocked by widespread lack of knowledge within the medical community about problems associated with iatrogenic dependence to...

Backing Away from Psychiatry

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...home with no idea what withdrawal was. I now understand that the nightmare I went through was from the sudden discontinuation of medications such as Ativan and Prozac. Twenty years later, I finally realized that death was better than here, but I didn’t want to die. ‘Here’ was...

Cracked Open

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This is the first of a series of excerpts from Cracked Open, a book whose unintentional beginning came after I became addicted to Ativan in 2010. After a year of following my doctor’s orders for daily use to treat insomnia, my body began to fall apart. My story is much like the stories I’ve read...

Chapter Twenty-Four: Off the Meds and Out of My Mind

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...t had adjusted to over the prior seven years. On my second night on the unit, after shuffling to the nurses’ station with my walker to get my nightly Ativan— the benzodiazepene they’d told me would help with the withdrawal— I was asked how I was feeling by my nurse. “I f-f-f-feel like my mind is in...

Transformations to Liberation

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...f Abilify, an antipsychotic/mood stabilizer, which was 15mg greater than the maximum therapeutic dose; 450mg of Wellbutrin, an antidepressant; 4mg of Ativan, a benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety, and I was on Seroquel that was prescribed to aid in sleep (which it never did). The taper off of...

Dave Cope

...S Naval Academy, a 2012 graduate of MIT and a disabled veteran as of 2015. A four-year interaction with psychiatry that began with a prescription for Ativan cost him his career in the US Navy and nearly his life. He continues to recover from exposure to a cocktail of medications that were taken as...

Smash the Biological Anxiety Myth: Say ‘No’ to Benzodiazepines

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...e papers, all the research that validated them? But: fear not. Immediately new benzodiazepines popped right up to take their place — Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Versed, Serax, Restoril, et al. These, of course, are still touted as safe and efficacious. Worldwide sales in 2011 for benzodiazepines was...

“Focus on Opioids May Obscure Other Drug Issues”

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...ushing another potential public health crisis into the shadows,” the Metro West Daily News reports. Anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, like Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax, were involved in over thirty percent of all opioid-related overdose deaths in 2014, according to a new CDC report....

Stumble Biscuits and the Murk of Benzo Disability

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...ne between dream and waking states started to blur. I was a danger to myself. I was a danger to my child. So when a thoughtful doctor told me to take Ativan nightly for as long as needed, I did. Six months later, I began to slide into a hazy and uncharted disability. Through sheer luck I discovered...

Off Psychiatric Drugs After Fourteen Years

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...six month anniversary off of psychiatric drugs. Over the course of fourteen years, I have been on Prozac, Lithium, Lamictal, Zyprexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Ativan, Seroquel, Depakote, Wellbutrin, Klonopin, Geodon, Abilify, and probably others. I was first prescribed Prozac by my GP when I was 18. It was...

Update: Massachusetts Benzodiazepine Bill Hearing

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...ors an opportunity to tell their stories. What is this bill about? Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs which include commonly known brand names like Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Restoril. Generics include lorazepam, alprazolam, and clonozapam. Non-Benzodiazepine Hypnotics are Z Drugs,...

A Veteran’s Letter to Congress

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...ress was I suicidal or clinically depressed, simply anxious. I voluntarily sought treatment from a psychiatrist and was prescribed the benzodiazepine Ativan (lorazepam) and the SSRI Zoloft (sertraline). It is critical to note that I was not informed of potential for physical dependency to...

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