Recovering from Benzodiazepine Use for Peer Specialists Jan. 2024

Sponsor: Choices Addiction & Recovery Education

Course Description:

Anyone who is working with someone who is taking, has taken benzodiazepines know the side effects are extremely devastating. People with lived experience have been working tireless for years bring this knowledge to the mainstream communities. Now, you can be a part of their solution by having more knowledge of the effects of benzodiazepines and how to support individuals with these conditions. The struggle is real!

1 in 5 Americans take benzodiazepine prescribed by a physician or psychiatrist, and many providers do not know enough about the drugs and their adverse effects. Benzodiazepines can cause physical dependence when taken continuously, and withdrawal from this class of medication can produce long-term life-altering consequences. This training will educate peers, counselors, and caregivers on benzodiazepines, their effects, tapering, and withdrawal.

Objectives:

  • Discuss benzodiazepine conditions for prescribing, use and discontinuation.
  • Identify the difference between substance use disorder (SUD) and Physical Dependency (PD).
  • Define, describe and explain BIND.
  • Understand the barriers & stigma that impede wellness and healing.
  • Develop skills to support hope, healing & wellness for Benzodiazepine Affected Individuals.
  • Recognize and identify boundaries for the helper and the caregiver.
  • Learn strategies to prevent compassion fatigue.

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Multi-day Event