Dr. Christy Huff blogs for Doximity Op-Med about the online patient benzodiazepine support groups:
For these reasons, it’s not shocking patients turn to the internet for advice and support. In a survey of the major benzodiazepine forums, out of 425 respondents, 66% reported their provider did not believe their symptoms were related to withdrawal. Only 9% were utilizing taper advice from their provider, with the overwhelming majority relying on advice from the internet. This needs to change. While these forums are invaluable, they are a sign of a broken system. It is imperative that providers are educated and involved in the withdrawal process.
Read Support Forums for Benzo Withdrawal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly HERE