In the introduction I give you a little bit of my background, my experience with benzodiazepines and discuss some of the topics I would like to tackle moving forward with the podcast.
Medical Prescribers LISTEN to your Patients
This is an episode I’m doing by myself addressing medical professionals to be more informed and cautious when prescribing. I list reasons people were put on benzos from a survey years back. I list books and websites for them to educate themselves and I ask them to take responsibility for their lack of knowledge and harm they have caused.
Melissa Bond, Journalist - A Decision to Hold on a Taper
Melissa Bond is a narrative journalist and poet. In the years of her dependence on benzodiazepines, Melissa blogged and became a regular contributor for Mad in America. ABC World News Tonight interviewed her for a piece in January 2014. Melissa is a respected writer on the perils of over-prescribing benzodiazepines and has been featured on PBS Story in the Public Square, Radio West, the podcasts Risk!, IGNTD, and Psychology Unplugged. The Salt Lake Tribune and the New York Post have both done features on Bond's book Blood Orange Night, her memoir about becoming dependent upon and the withdrawal process coming off of benzodiazepines. Blood Orange Night was published by Simon & Schuster in June 2022. Learn more at MelissaABond.com
Jennifer DeGuilio: A Positive Attitude Through Tapering
Jennifer DeGuillio is a wife, mother of four and a health coach, who specializes in ketogenic living, nutrition, health and wellness. She has coached hundreds of women, who have successfully sustained a healthy lifestyle. Jennifer loves sharing knowledge and helping others. She is a passionate person who will go the extra mile and over-deliver.When an Iatrogenic illness to benzodiazepines took her by surprise, she used this same healthy lifestyle and positive attitude to approach her taper. She is proof, not everyone has to suffer when tapering a benzodiazepine.https://linktr.ee/JenniferDeguilio
A Nurse - THE ONE NO ONE THOUGHT WOULD HEAL, BUT DID!
Beth is a wife, mother and a Registered Nurse who is going to school to be a nurse practitioner and will be studying Functional Medicine once she gets her NP. She also has her degree in Psychology. She will tell you her amazing story from being one of the most debilitated survivors of psychiatric drugs in the benzo communities that many thought she would never heal. But she did heal! Her story will encourage anyone who is sick and feels they can’t get better. Never give up the hope of recovering. Don’t forget to stay tuned after the podcast for our post show conversation.
Jennifer Swantkowski, Ph.D. - Victim, Advocate, Author
Jennifer Swantkowski has her masters in social work from the University of Houston, a post-graduate fellowship in End of Life Care, and a PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She has worked as a family therapist at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA and was an adjunct professor at Boston College. She then returned to Houston, Texas where she served as an individual and family therapist at. The Menninger Clinic, was an instructor for individuals conducting their post-graduate Fellowships at Menninger and was also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. For the last ten years, Jennifer has been in private practice working with adults providing individual and couples counseling. In her practice, she focused mainly on professionals dealing with issues such as anxiety, addiction and relationship struggles; as well as young adults who were failing to launch in their lives. Unfortunately, due to a neuro-toxic reaction to an antibiotic and subsequent struggle to come off the benzodiazepine prescribed for that injury, Jennifer stepped away from her clinical practice in 2020. During this time away, she has focused on healing as well as heavily researching medication injury and benzodiazepine withdrawal. She has written a book called The Waiting Room: My Journey of Recovery from Medication Injury and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal that will be out in early July of this summer. She is currently working on a second book and creating YouTube videos on her channel ( jenniferswanphd) where she discusses various issues related to benzodiazepine withdrawal as well as a separate series called Therapy from the Sidelines where she discusses a wide array of psychological topics. She is passionate about being a part of advocacy and awareness efforts and serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition.
RECAP SHOW 2021
In our 2021 Recap Show we catch up with the same four we followed last year. Hear how Jim Thompson, Mellie, Lisa and Ken are doing one year later. I’ll also update you on a few others just so you can see the progression of healing and how life goes on after benzos. I’ll also update on myself and what transpired at our November 8th hearing at the Massachusetts State House regarding our benzo bill.
The Best Benzodiazepine Show on Apple Podcasts
Having suffered benzodiazepine dependence, withdrawal, and relapse over the course of 17 years, I can write with confidence that this is best benzodiazepine-related podcast that I have found. It's tragic that there aren't more podcasts or resources like this show, given that people have been deeply struggling with benzodiazepines for many decades. I have found that discussing benzodiazepines online can be tricky; almost as if there are algorithms trained to 'cancel' accurate benzodiazepine content. The guests that appear on this show are a blessing for anyone enduring benzodiazepine issues, whether you're the sufferer or someone close to the sufferer, as they accurately relate the multifaceted aspects of dependence and withdrawal. Some of the best support in healthcare is peer support, so being able to hear guests' stories helps one to feel that they aren't alone and will heal one day. Losing loved ones, such as my Dad, was a difficult experience, but nothing in my entire life comes close to how difficult benzodiazepine issues are. This world is severely lacking in awareness about this subject which is why this podcast is so valuable and needed. Geraldine is an extraordinary and compassionate host. I thank God for her every time I listen to this podcast. I wish you all Love, Light, and Healing. You're going to be ok.
Geraldine keeps me going every day!
Geraldine Burns is a calm and dedicated benzo savior! Thank you for caring enough about those healing from benzo dependency and creating a supportive community to develop awareness in our communities, in the medical community, and help those trying to taper off these meds. The withdrawal symptoms are too difficult to do alone. You are a kind support to those trying so desperately to get off these medications!
Geraldine is amazing. The amount of love and care she puts into each episode is evident. I feel comforted hearing her voice and get so much great information from this podcast. If you or someone you know is suffering from Benzo use or withdraw you should listen.