Benzodiazepine Addiction – withdrawal and recovery

This web site is dedicated to sufferers of iatrogenic benzodiazepine tranquilliser addiction everywhere. Launched on July 6, 2000 with a dozen pages this site now has more than 1200 pages of articles and information, expert medical documents, news stories and personal accounts. You can navigate this site from the side frame to the left or from the dropdown menu below. A good place to begin is the FAQ Document – “Benzodiazepine Dependency and Withdrawal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file” … (Mainpage 1/2).

All Sites have the same URL: Find internal links in the left column as: (an excerpt) … Homepage; Site Index; Symptoms; Drug Index; Beat The Benzos; FAQs; Forum; News, Views; Media Archives, Feedback online … and many others.

Mainpage 2/2: … For the best and most up-to-date information on benzodiazepine withdrawal you are encouraged to read: “Benzodiazepines: How they Work & How to Withdraw” (The Ashton Manual) by Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, Revised August 2002. Versions of the Ashton Manual in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Finnish, Danish and Swedish can be accessed from this page.  

For online benzodiazepine withdrawal support you may like to apply to join BenzoIsland.Org which is a private benzodiazepine withdrawal support group and full membership is strictly by application and approval.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Any advice given on this site should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed about benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal. All advice given here is therefore to be followed at your own risk. You are advised never to stop taking any medication abruptly.

Please also note this is a personal web site and its owner has no connections with any organisations or support groups. Here are some of your comments about this web site and a review by Dr James Cave of

“On benzodiazepine brain damage reported to the Medical Research Council in January 1982: “The results didn’t surprise us because we already knew long-term alcohol use could cause permanent brain changes. There should have been a really good, large-scale study but I was never given the facilities or resources to do it. I asked to set up a unit to research benzos but they turned me down… they could have set-up a special safety committee, but they didn’t even do that. I am not going to speculate why; I was grateful for the support they did give me. There were always competing interests for the same resources, so maybe it wasn’t regarded as important enough. I was getting on with other research and didn’t want to be labelled as the person who just pushed benzos… I should have been more proactive… I assumed the prescribing would peter out, but GPs are still swinging them around like Smarties.” – Professor Malcolm Lader, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, Independent on Sunday, November 7, 2010. More Quotations … (full long text Homepage).

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