With sadness and love, we announce that long-time community member and activist Jack Hobson-Dupont passed of natural causes at age 75 on January 2nd, 2024. Jack is best known publicly for authoring The Benzo Book: Getting Safely Off Tranquilizers (2006). Privately, Jack is well known across varied circles as kind, brilliant, hilarious and a talented “artiste” in numerous mediums, casting a wide net of positive effects in untold people’s lives. Jack’s book ends with him being 9 months off benzodiazepine, experiencing much improved but challenging effects. He concludes by writing that he’s capable of experiencing hope about the future. People often wonder what happened next. Jack acknowledged that he never regained the pre- psychotropic health of his younger years but that he had much improved from the worst bits of his tangles with psychiatry. He also shared honestly that he was left with some residual lifelong challenges from having been prescribed psychotropics in middle age. Nevertheless, following protracted issues after cessation, Jack once again became capable of connecting with hobbies he enjoyed and people he loved. In the end, our friend cultivated a most meaningful life and this brought him pleasure. Jack left us surrounded by family on his beloved Nantucket Island.
If Jack or his work touched your life, please let us know in the comments.
Jack’s testimony before the Massachusetts’ legislature for informed consent in benzodiazepine prescribing can be seen here.