Luke Montagu interviewed by Dr Peter Breggin–-061417/

Useful background information about benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine withdrawal

The Ashton manual, produced by Professor Heather Ashton, University of Newcastle

Benzobuddies support forum

Centre for Evidence-Based Psychiatry

Rosalind, a fellow sufferer, recently recovered after 40 years on nitrazepam. She is campaigning against benzodiazepines.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (UK)

TV Programmes

These video clips of a TV Documentary made a big impression on me.  First of all the suffering of those featured is evident for all to see and the fact that this documentary was broadcast almost 30 years ago.

dangers of benzodiazapenes part 1:

dangers of benzodiazepnies part 2:

addiction to Ativan, Cook Report 1988.  Roger Cook confronts drug company boss on golf course and is threatened with death.  Company boss says “good” when accused of creating thousands of drug “addicts”.


Books questioning the scientific basis of psychiatry, the role of the drug companies and the American Medical Association

Anatomy of an Epidemic
Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America
Robert Whitaker, 2011

The Bitterest Pills: The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs
Dr Joanna Moncrieff, 2013

Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has corrupted Healthcare
Peter Gotzsche, 2013

Depression Delusion Dr Terry Lynch, 2015

Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications  Peter Breggin, 2008

Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Violence, Suicide, and Crime Peter Breggin, 2009

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove, 2015

Toxic Psychiatry. Drugs and ECT Therapy: The Truth and The Better Alternatives Peter Breggin, 1993

Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis Daniel J. Carla, 2010

“How to withdraw” books and personal stories of withdrawal

The Benzo Book: Getting Safely off Tranquillisers
Jack Hobson-Dupont, 2012

Author’s website

Beyond Benzos: Benzo Addiction, Benzo Withdrawal and Long-Term Recovery from Benzodiazepines Taite Adams, 2015
This book is available for free via Amazon.

Death Grip: A climber’s escape from benzo madness
Matt Samet, 2013

Free to be Me: A story of sadness and tragedy but also of laughter and humour  Fiona H French, 2015

From Fear to Freedom: A Story of Addiction, Misdiagnosis, Survival, Hope and Healing   Don Killian, 2015

I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can  Barbara Gordon, 2011

Klonopin Withdrawals and Howling Dogs: Maybe it was God
Audrey Anne Wagner, 2014

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families Peter Bergen, 2012

Recovery and Renewal: Your Essential Guide to Overcoming Dependency and
Withdrawal from Sleeping Pills, Other “Benzo” Tranquillisers and Anti Depressants Baylissa Frederick, 2014

Worse than Heroin  E. Rober Mercer, 2008

Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and why to stop taking psychiatric medications Peter Breggin and David Cohen, 2007

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