This page has resources you'll find useful in researching benzodiazepines (benzos) and sleeping pills including finding help if you need it. PMAG does not provide personal input/advice about individual tapers.
Many of us turn to drugs to deal with sleeplessness. This article offers a drug-free alternative.
For decades, Kate Edgley struggled with insomnia. She tried everything, but nothing seemed to work… Here, she reveals the terrible toll it took on her life — and how she eventually realised her dreams. — How I finally learned to sleep
Benzodiazepine withdrawal is characterized by sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, shaking, sweating, difficulty with concentration, confusion and cognitive difficulty, memory problems, dry retching and nausea, weight loss, palpitations, headache, muscular pain and stiffness, a host of perceptual changes, hallucinations, seizures, psychosis, and increased risk of suicide. — Wikipedia
If you need help recovering from benzo addiction, these resources can help:
Dr. Heather Ashton's Maine Benzodiazepine Conference Presentations (Oct./05)
Dr. Heather Ashton's lectures on Benzodiazepine Dependence and Withdrawal Methods to heath care providers in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. are available on DVD:
These pages deal with policy — things we can change to avoid problems in the future:
Bonnie was a brilliant, creative, curious, kind person who took her life due to Benzodiazepine withdrawal. She had worked very hard to taper off of benzodiazepines for over 21 months then took her life 4 weeks after completing her taper.
Bonnie's Story (PDF–84 KB) is a tribute to Bonnie's struggle to recover from benzodiazepines.
PMAG does not provide individual advice or respond to individual requests for assistance. We encourage you to seek qualified medical support. More…
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Updated: January 12, 2024