Step by Step Strategy to Get Off Benzos

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

By the end of this blog you are going to walk away with three things to help you get off benzo:

Stick around to the end and I’ll share with you my next steps so that you can get started today.

Okay, so your doctor prescribed a benzodiazepine, and you’re ready to get off. When you went back in for your follow-up visit, you were given a generic taper protocol and sent on your way.

But when you tried to reduce the dosage, your symptoms skyrocketed. You couldn’t sleep, your moods became unmanageable and so you had to go back up. Every time you try to reduce, you feel worse, and now you’re feeling hooked, trapped and your doctor isn’t helping.

Does this resonate?

If so, know you’re not alone.

In fact, more than 1 out 8, or 12.6% of adults have been prescribed benzodiazepines in the last year. And this number is climbing. With the COVID19 pandemic, unprecedented numbers of anxiety and sleep drugs were prescribed- to such a degree that there was concern of a national medication shortage.

While benzodiazepines can be extremely helpful, they should only be used short term. This category of medications are highly habit-forming, and side effects from the medications may range from mild to severe.

And the withdrawal is often debilitating. This puts you in a never ever-ending record groove. But the good news is that there is a solution. And I’m going to teach it to you today.

First step is the GABA bridge.

1. Identify signs that you need to create a GABA bridge before tapering

A GABA bridge creates a link between the GABA your body is producing, and the GABA you are getting as a result of your benzo medication. If your body is not keeping up, when you taper the medication, you will experience a huge drop in GABA levels, which causes withdrawal side effects.

Signs that you need a GABA bridge include:

2. Scientifically proven strategies to help counteract benzo withdrawal

There are 3 scientifically proven strategies to help counteract benzo withdrawal. They are:

Let’s start with how to create a GABA bridge.

The most effective GABA bridge is formed through the use of amino acids that work by helping your brain to naturally produce its own GABA. There are 4 key amino acids that you need to know about, they are: Theanine, Glycine, Taurine and Inositol.

The second is to talk about inflammation.

What you might not know, is that one of the effects of a benzodiazepine is the reduction of inflammation and histamine in the brain. Therefore, as we reduce the dose of your drug, if there is not sufficient anti-inflammatory support, you will experience signs of inflammation increasing. You may experience this in terms of mood instability, body pains, skin rashes, dizziness, numbness and tingling, digestive upset and more.

There are two key ways to deal with this:

The first is to add Phosphatidylserine to your GABA bridge protocol. Phosphatidylserine is healing for the brain, it reduces inflammation, and it helps with the side effects of brain fog and protects your neurological tissues from the effects of stress.

The second is to focus on a low-histamine diet. Stay away from fermented foods like ketchup or white vinegar, and emphasize fresh Alaskan fish like wild-caught salmon.

3. A map of HOW to do a benzo taper in a way that WORKS

I promised today that I would give you a map to help you strategize a taper that works. Having a MA in Clinical Psychology, and a naturopathic medical degree, I have had the great pleasure of consulting with thousands of people who were ready to turn the page in their stories. You can get your life back, you can get out of the record groove of life stuck on medications, then dealing with the side effects, and feeling unable to taper down.

Over the past decade, I have found what works, and I’m going to share it with you.

FIRST: You need the education and the team. I have created an entire course on how to taper benzodiazepines, and you need a doctor on board who will help you with this process. It is important to make sure that your body is equipped for the taper and that someone is ensuring that the tapering is tailored to your unique needs.

SECOND: You need to create a GABA bridge. Over the years I have found the BEST success in Happy Sleepy Powder.

THIRD: You need to get to the root cause of WHY you needed the benzodiazepine to begin with. A problem with benzos is that they do not actually ADDRESS the root cause. Benzos are Band-Aids. And I get it, when I was at the rock bottom of panic, anxiety, and insomnia. All I wanted was someone to give me something, anything, to just give me a moment of relief. But your benzo has taken you as far as it can, and now it’s time to do the work. I went from doctor, to doctor, specialist to specialist, looking for the solution, but the answer was in myself. And I had to take the steps, and it was hard work to get my life back. I have created a model to teach you exactly how to do what I did.

If you follow these three steps, you can get better. You can get off your benzodiazepines.

So let’s do this. I’ll be with you every single step of the way.

Here’s what you need to do next:

Step 1: Get a supportive doctor in your corner.

Step 2: Order your Happy Sleepy Powder and start forming your GABA bridge.

Step 3: Get educated on how to taper, because sometimes our doctors fall short in this arena. I have this built out for you in Mapping Out Your Benzo Taper.

Step 4: Register for the Holistic Wellness Collective. It’s going to change your life.

Are you ready to change your life?

Let’s do this.

This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first.

Dr. Nicole Cain is an advocate for empowering people around the world to help themselves via her educational free resources, online courses, and membership group. You can receive the tools you need to find the root cause of your symptoms and feel healthy again.