Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry
Please visit the CEP UK website for evidence regarding evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs. Its members include psychiatrists, academics, withdrawal support charities and others who are concerned about the prevalence of the ‘medical model’ and the increasing numbers of prescriptions for psychiatric drugs being given to both adults and children.
This is a review published in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, March 2011 issue, of the Benzo-Wise book (now republished as Recovery & Renewal) written by Bliss Johns, the founder of Recovery Road: Review of “Benzo-Wise” in the Norwegian Medical Association’s Journal
Here is the original article: “Benzo-Wise: A Recovery Companion” Review
The following is a review of the Benzo-Wise book from Dr. Leo Campbell, North Carolina, USA:
“As a practicing physician I am well aware of the trap we fall into of prescribing benzodiazepines as a quick and very effective fix for anxiety symptoms, only to regret later as we realize we have created a generation of drug dependent individuals. What is worse, benzos don’t solve the original problem causing the anxiety, so instead of one problem, the patient now has at least two. Additionally, the general population has come to realize that benzos are very effective for treating anxiety symptoms and now pressure their doctors for these prescriptions, without realizing the danger that lies waiting.
This easily-read, well-written book serves at least two useful purposes. It is educational for physicians who may know these drugs are strongly addictive, but don’t have enough time with their patients to see the emotional devastation that often comes with a simple prescription. For patients, it provides hope of freedom from drug dependence, and comfort, guidance, and support as the physiology twists and turns trying to normalize itself. I have already begun recommending this book to friends and patients.”
Overview of Benzodiazepines – Professor C Heather Ashton
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal – Professor C Heather Ashton
How to Taper Off Benzodiazepines – Professor C Heather Ashton