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New Book by an Antiguan Author Gives Hope

Benzo Wise book “Benzo-Wise: A Recovery Companion” is a widely acclaimed self-help book which is proving to be a lifeline to many thousands worldwide. It is written by Vynne Baylissa Frederick, a former Antiguan resident, now a mental health counsellor based in the United Kingdom.


The book tells of her miraculous and inspiring recovery from a harrowing reaction to a drug  prescribed by her doctor for a facial tic. Filled with rich insights and practical wisdom, “Benzo-Wise: A Recovery Companion” offers profound guidance, healing and hope for those who have unwittingly become dependent on this highly addictive class of drugs known as 'benzos'.  

Benzos, which include Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Rivotril and the date rape drug, Rohypnol, and 'Z' drugs such as Ambien and Lunesta, are also used recreationally and illegally. Although when prescribed for short-term use they are deemed safe, with chronic use addictions develop, they lose their efficacy and patients gradually need increasing amounts to have the desired effect. Unfortunately, this is what is believed to have happened to Michael Jackson who, according to a recent CNN news report, was addicted to benzos and took more than ten Xanax daily.  

The author was inspired to put pen to paper after enduring the most frightening and prolonged withdrawal as she weaned off the drug. More than two million people in the United Kingdom and the USA are addicted to benzodiazepines, and a significant number from the Caribbean have also become dependent. Many were prescribed the drug for medical conditions and were not warned of its addictive properties. According to Professor Malcolm Lader of the UK's Institute of Psychiatry, “It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is from heroin.”  


This gem of a book includes information on how to manage withdrawal symptoms, tips for counsellors, doctors and relatives, journal logs and uplifting reflections. The book's medical information has been reviewed and approved by Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, Clinical Psycho-pharmacologist and a world leading expert on benzodiazepines. It is truly an example of a personal challenge being turned into a blessing for others.

Vynne Baylissa Frederick is the founder of the “Benzo-Wise” Helpline which supports thousands globally and promotes benzo awareness. As a young adult she lived and worked in Antigua and fondly considers it her second home and the island where she 'grew up'.   

“Benzo-Wise: A Recovery Companion” is available at Amazon and can also be ordered from your local book retailer quoting ISBN #978-0982375907.

 

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#10 Jay » 2010-12-15 00:42

CONGRATULATIONS on your book award!! I'm glad it has been given the recognition it deserves. Keep up the good work.
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great book

#9 allison » 2009-08-25 06:28

i bought your book and just finished reading it. wow! you're a very strong , courageous woman. it made me put things into perspective. if you're alive, don't give up hope. what a thing with these drugs. i just read that michael jackson was given valium and two other benzos on the day he died. good for you vynne for using your experience to help and educate others.. me proud 'o you.
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good for you

#8 karen(in jamaica) » 2009-08-03 04:52

i have'nt read the book as yet, but i know of the struggles you went through, i'm really proud that you found the wisdom and strength to repeat in print that sad part of your life ,but you have always been a very vibrant person stay sweet
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RE: New Book by an Antiguan Author Gives Hope

#7 Jaclin Frederick » 2009-07-30 21:42

"How best can I serve?"
You have shown us with
this book, your blog/web
site and the youtube trailer
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Benzowise

#6 Tony » 2009-07-28 09:35

You have certainly excelled !
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#5 Tina Sayer » 2009-07-27 23:18

Hi Vynne

I look forward to reading your book - I admire you greatly for having the courage to use your experience as an opportunity to help others. I wish you every success with your book.

Love,
Tina
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#4 Dr. Keola G.A. Downing, Ph.D. » 2009-07-27 04:43

Aloha Vynne,

We are all so greatful that you made it through the Benz - Nightmare, to open up your heart for others. All over the world people are being saved as they recover from their own nightmare situations. Your important work is the path to recovery that so many people need and deserve. Thank you so much for your story and your help to others. When patients find a way out of addiction, withdrawl, depression, they imerge stronger and more healthy than they ever were before. Your help and "gift of life" is so important, we can never thank you enough. Ho'oponopono for you and all that you do.

Mahalo,

Keola
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#3 Michelle Rogers » 2009-07-27 03:15

You are an inspiration to all those people out there... x
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#2 Netta » 2009-07-27 02:00

After reading the book, "Benzo-Wise," I have been given new hope that recovery from benzo addiction is fully possible. The author personally shares her experience and offers strategies to cope and remain positive, moving the reader to a new level of empowerment. Additionally, she reaches out to the greater medical community to promote awareness of this serious issue with benzo addiction. Inspirational and powerfull, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking help with managing their benzo usage.
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Well done

#1 Liz » 2009-07-26 20:59

I'm not surprised. From way back you have been an inspiration always giving to everyone and looking out for others. I will order a copy soon. All the best.
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