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As the saying goes "Life's a Bitch". Whilst some of us sail serenely through life's sometimes troubled waters others experience crises, disappointments, failures, and frustrations and seek support through a quick fix pharmacological "crutch". The availability of benzo's must have seemed like manna from heaven for the relevant pharmaceutical companies and their share holders and also for medical practitioners desperate to offload 'difficult' patients.
This book confirms the very real dangers of obtaining temporary relief through benzodiazepine use only to experience addiction and horrendous withdrawal symptoms downstream. If there are lessons to be be learned then surely they must include education for both patients and prescribers seeking the root cause(s) of referral symptoms and only if absolutely necessary, the prescription of the minimum benzodiazepine dose for the shortest possible time.
The case histories experienced will be revealing for some and encouraging for others. At the end of the day coping with benzodiazepine withdrawal seems best managed by simple strategies, confirmation of the problem, education, rest, relaxation techniques, good food, fluid balance, balanced diet, counselling and regular reassurance that things will get better.
Many of the worst withdrawal symptoms seem to be related to misperceptions or a gross hyper-accentuation of the normal sensations as if the nervous system and its various nerve receptors become overwhelmed by what would normally be "usual" stimuli.
The advice given is well sourced and seems sound. The list of brand versus generic benzodiazepines is especially useful as some patients may not even be aware of the exact nature of their prescribed drugs. If in doubt ask and if the response seems inadequate get a second opinion!
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