Antidepressant Withdrawal Feels Like Circles of Hell

Stopping anti-anxiety agents or antidepressants suddenly is a mistake. Sertraline withdrawal can cause "brain zaps." Is there a better way? Doctors have been prescribing tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents for centuries. Antidepressants are more recent. They weren’t discovered until the 1950s. When a doctor prescribes anxiolytics or antidepressants, does he or she envision the patient taking … Continue reading Antidepressant Withdrawal Feels Like Circles of Hell

Withdrawal Results from Refusal to Renew Alprazolam

Over 5 million people take alprazolam (Xanax) for anxiety. If a doctor does not renew alprazolam prescriptions he can trigger some very nasty symtoms! A caller to our syndicated radio show complained about Xanax withdrawal decades ago. She wanted to stop taking this anti-anxiety agent. When she discontinued the drug, though, she felt awful. She did not … Continue reading Withdrawal Results from Refusal to Renew Alprazolam

Popular Sleep & Anxiety Drug Causes Addiction

In a recent paper, researchers say that a class of drugs called benzodiazepines that can help treat anxiety and insomnia may lead to dangerous addiction. The research was conducted by a team at Yale University. Anxiety as a medical condition has plagued human beings for centuries. Previous research has shown that benzodiazepines could help treat … Continue reading Popular Sleep & Anxiety Drug Causes Addiction

Staggering! As We Come to the Close of 2019, Here are 42 Mind Blowing Facts about Addiction

We’ve compiled the following list of addiction statistics from several verified sources to help educate you. Addiction is a big problem throughout the world, with a lot of people battling various forms of the disease. Because of addiction’s prevalence in the world today, it has become necessary to know the various forms this problem takes and the … Continue reading Staggering! As We Come to the Close of 2019, Here are 42 Mind Blowing Facts about Addiction

Are Benzos (Benzodiazepines) the Next “Opioid” Crisis?

When Rachel Ziegler was 22, her doctor prescribed 0.5 mg of Xanax once a day to treat generalized anxiety and panic attacks. “I don’t recall ever discussing a potential stopping point,” says Ziegler, who works as a chemistry-lab technician at the University of Illinois, “but I do remember asking her if I would become addicted.” … Continue reading Are Benzos (Benzodiazepines) the Next “Opioid” Crisis?

Benzodiazepines and Opioids

More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Common benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), … Continue reading Benzodiazepines and Opioids

3 Tips for Tapering Benzodiazepines or Sleep Meds (hypnotics)

I am posting the article below for those of you who insist on benzo tapering on your own - despite the risks of  VERY SERIOUS, EVEN FATAL SIDE EFFECTS.  You truly need to be tapered in a medically supervised setting (hospital or detox facility) by a board certified addictions medical doctor.  That all said, I … Continue reading 3 Tips for Tapering Benzodiazepines or Sleep Meds (hypnotics)

‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

A profoundly sad story from abroad; however, it is certainly happening here in the US as well. ~NationalAddictionNews.com Kyle Remzi, a computer science student at Essex University, died aged 20 after an overdose in 2017 At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures … Continue reading ‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

Questions to Ask your doctor when he/she prescribes an opioid, benzodiazepine, antidepressant, stimulant, antipsychotic, or other dangerous medication

ALL medications have dangers... I mean ALL.  I have prepared a list for my readers of questions you need to print out and take with you to your doctor - each and every single time you visit him or her.  Medication, whether it be a dangerous opioid or any other medication is a major commitment … Continue reading Questions to Ask your doctor when he/she prescribes an opioid, benzodiazepine, antidepressant, stimulant, antipsychotic, or other dangerous medication

Psychiatric Drugs Destroy Lives & Kill

Psychiatrists can’t predict what adverse side effects you might experience because not one of them knows how their drugs work. Psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins with the power to kill. Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. And … Continue reading Psychiatric Drugs Destroy Lives & Kill