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Dr. Christy Huff blogs for KevinMD 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 Internet support forums for benzodiazepine withdrawal: the good, the bad, and the ugly HERE