Recovery and Renewal – Book Review


Recovery and Renewal: Your Essential Guide to Overcoming Dependency and Withdrawal from Sleeping Pills, Other “Benzo” Tranquillizers and Antidepressants

Author: Baylissa Frederick

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley; Revised edition May 21, 2014

208 pages




This easy-to-read, inspirational and supportive guide is essential reading for anyone struggling to overcome prescription drug dependency. Drawn from the author’s personal knowledge of coming off benzodiazepine tranquillizers and her experience as a counselor, this book explores everything you need to know before, during and after withdrawal, from how to recognize the symptoms to how to manage them and make firm steps towards recovery. With a focus on recovery and empowerment, it provides all the practical and emotional support needed to help you cope and regain control. This book will be a lifeline for anyone taking or withdrawing from sleeping pills, other benzodiazepine tranquillizers and antidepressants. It will also equip family and friends to offer support and provide counselors, psychotherapists, complementary therapists and other health professionals with invaluable insight critical to providing best care.

My Thoughts

Recovery and Renewal by Balissa Frederick is an updated version of Benzo-Wise.

The author is very transparent about her own nightmare of symptoms and struggles that she experienced while withdrawing from her prescribed use of a benzodiazepine. In addition, she contributes stories from other users and how they overcame their withdrawal symptoms to become drug free.

This is a must read for all mental health professionals as well as those who want to stop using benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and sleeping pills. Family and friends of the person using these medications would also benefit from reading this book. I thought the author was very thorough.

After sharing her personal experience, Frederick provides chapters on withdrawal symptoms as well as coping skills. There is also a section of Resources at the end of the book which is very significant. There she provides an extensive list of withdrawal symptoms listed alphabetically and a list of common antidepressants, benzodiazepines and z-drugs. There is also a section for withdrawal support projects and helplines.

This complimentary copy was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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