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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction.1. A Faded Memory: My Success Story. 2. How They Work. About Antidepressants. About Sleeping Pills and other Benzodiazepines. Down-regulation. Tolerance. Half-Life. Paradoxical Reaction. Dependency or Addiction? 3. The Basics. "Cold Turkey". Tapering. Recovery Timeline. 4. Symptoms. Withdrawal or Underlying Issue? Acceptance. 5. Managing Psychological Symptoms. Brain Fog. Depersonalisation and Derealisation. Depressive Thoughts or Low Moods. Paranoid Ideation. Obsessive, Unwanted Thoughts. 'Rational' Mind. 6. Acute Withdrawal. Journal Logs. 7. Post-Acute and Protracted Withdrawal. Journal Logs. Progress Reports. 8. Coping Tools. 9. Stimulants, Supplements and Diet.10. Supporting Someone in Withdrawal. Tips. 11. Suicidal Ideation. What to do if Someone is Suicidal. 12. Counsellors. What Every Counsellor Should Know. 13. Doctors. What Patients Wish Their Doctors Knew. 14. Employment and Debt. 15. Recovery. Journal Logs. The Aftermath. 16. Closure. Letting Go. 17. Your New Chapter. 18. Success Stories. Protracted Duration. Normal Duration. Resources Guide. List of Common Antidepressants. List of Common Benzodiazepines. Equivalence Table. Symptoms A to Z. Bibliography. Index.

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An inspirational and supportive guide for anyone struggling to overcome prescription drug dependency

About the Author

Baylissa Frederick pursued post graduate studies in Integrative Counselling at the University of South Wales and is a BACP registered counsellor. She is the founder of Recovery Road, a project supporting individuals affected by antidepressant and tranquilliser withdrawal. She delivers motivational speeches and workshops on recovery, hope and empowerment and has been interviewed and quoted by newspapers and journals including 'The London Times', 'The Independent' and 'British Medical Association News'. She is the author of 'With Hope in My Heart: A Memoir,' and lives in Cardiff, UK.


There are astonishingly few books on dependence on and withdrawal from prescription drugs, and fewer still that are as balanced, informative and helpful as Recovery and Renewal. This is one of the most important areas of medicine but one of the most neglected. Anyone can get you on a drug, but it takes real healing to get you off them. -- David Healy MD, FRCPsych, Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist and Author of Pharmageddon
This book gives warm-hearted understanding and practical advice about benzodiazepine and antidepressant dependence and withdrawal. It is based on personal experience, since the author has herself been through withdrawal. She is an experienced counsellor who has already helped many others through her support group, Recovery Road; this new edition will extend her proved success and will be a help to many others. -- Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, Clinical Psychopharmacologist and the UK's leading expert on benzodiazepines
The personal stories are both insightful and at times moving. Having suffered severe and protracted withdrawal from prescription medication herself, Frederick writes from real experience. With practical information about going cold turkey versus tapering, and chapters specifically for caregivers and medical professionals, I will recommend this book for information and inspiration to the patients I see withdrawing from antidepressant and antianxiety medicines. -- Peter Smith, holistic medical consultant and author of Sleep Better with Natural Therapies
Who Should Check Out This Book?
Prescription drug users: "Recovery and Renewal" will provide you with all information you need when experiencing withdrawal, regarding symptoms and methods of coping. All shared techniques have been shown to be tested and effective. Plus, you can relate to the stories and testimonials of people who have already successfully passed the through the withdrawal phase. They will encourage and give you hope that will make huge difference in your coping experience.Counselors/Doctors: This book will give you insight into the users minds and how they percept/experience the withdrawal symptoms. Also ,the techniques used for establishing safe withdrawal, can enrich the strategies you use to help people who are struggling prescription drug abuse.-- Addiction Blog, 6 Dec 2015

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