Jo suffered from exam stress at university, which led to insomnia and a prescription for lorazepam from her doctor. After having a bad reaction she was switched to diazepam, and eventually came off 60mg ‘cold turkey’. She went through a horrendous withdrawal experience and still suffers from some symptoms two years later.
Melanie has been the manager of MIND in Camden’s REST Project for 20 years. She facilitates a weekly support group, providing individual advice, information and support regarding safe withdrawal from benzodiazepines.
Ian Singleton withdrew from a benzodiazepine in the 1980s and has spent his career since then working for the Bristol Tranquilliser Project, where he has helped thousands of people get through the withdrawal process. In this interview he answers some frequently asked questions.