Christy Huff, M.D.

Christy Huff, MD, FACC is a cardiologist who resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. Her cardiology training was completed at U.T. Southwestern in 2008, with a focus in advanced cardiovascular imaging and noninvasive cardiology. She was in private practice as a cardiologist in Fort Worth from 2008-2011. Following the birth of her child, she made the decision to become a stay at home mom.

Dr. Huff is currently experiencing benzodiazepine withdrawal firsthand after she was prescribed Xanax for insomnia related to a major health crisis in 2015. After developing concerning symptoms and receiving no answers from her primary care doctor and a prominent neurologist, she began to research benzodiazepines and discovered her symptoms were consistent with benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. With the help of a local psychiatrist, she slowly tapered off benzodiazepines using Valium over a three year period. Christy’s personal experience has led her to realize the dangers of these drugs and the severity of the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, neither of which were emphasized during her medical training. She is an advocate of better education of physicans regarding the dangers of benzodiazepines and how to safely taper patients off these drugs, and stronger regulation of the prescribing of benzodiazepines.

 

Media

Healing From Benzo Withdrawl w/ Dr. Christy Huff, Jesse Zook Man, Mental Radio, January 7, 2020


A Conversation with Dr. Christy Huff, D. Foster, Benzo Free Podcast, November 13, 2019
 
 
The Benzodiazepine: The Next Opioid?, MK Mendoza, KSFR, August 16, 2019
 
 
Safe Prescription Drug Use, Amy Keller, RN, DrugWatch, June 6, 2019
 
The Rise of the Social Media Doctor, Dana Carriel, M.D., Self, April 26, 2019
 
 
With benzos, a doctor discovers ease of dependency, ordeal of withdrawal, M.J. Tidwell, Daily Hampshire Gazette, January 1, 2019
 
Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis, Avichai Scher and Ali Galante, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, July 27, 2018
 
These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say, Christine Vestal, Pew Trusts, July 18, 2018
 
World Benzo Day Guests, Stacy Pinkerton, Talk Radio Europe, July 11, 2018
 
This is Why Xanax is Blowing Up in America, Maia Szalavitz, Vice, June 12, 2018
 
 
I Tried to Get Off Ativan, Harriet Brown, Vice, January 12, 2017

Blogs

In hindsight, I should have never accepted a Xanax prescription from my doctor. What followed was catastrophic — rapidly developing ...
Read More
A Xanax Prescription That Should Have Been Rejected

A Xanax Prescription That Should Have Been Rejected

Since the advent of the internet and rise of social media, patients can connect and compare their experiences with prescribed ...
Read More
Internet support forums for benzodiazepine withdrawal: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Internet support forums for benzodiazepine withdrawal: the good, the bad, and the ugly

“Alice Woods” is dying of metastatic breast cancer, but she cares little for awareness efforts like pink ribbons and catchy ...
Read More
Don’t miss this adverse drug reaction when tapering benzodiazepines

Don’t miss this adverse drug reaction when tapering benzodiazepines

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION Please review the information listed here and put your initials next to each item when ...
Read More
Informed Consent for Benzodiazepine Prescription

Informed Consent for Benzodiazepine Prescription

A printable version is available here As physicians, we are experts at prescribing medications. However, we often fail miserably when ...
Read More
10 tips to help patients through benzodiazepine withdrawal

10 tips to help patients through benzodiazepine withdrawal

The third annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD) will occur on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. This is my second year ...
Read More
Why I Participate in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

Why I Participate in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

Christine Anne Narloch passed away on June 16, 2017 at the age of 48 after a long struggle with benzodiazepine ...
Read More
Christine’s Story: Ativan, Withdrawal, Akathisia and Suicide

Christine’s Story: Ativan, Withdrawal, Akathisia and Suicide

April 2015 “I would like to report a murder.  There is a murder being planned.  The name of the murderer; ...
Read More
Toronto Man Leaves Heart-Wrenching Suicide Letter Naming Ativan as Murderer After Suffering Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome for 3 Years

Toronto Man Leaves Heart-Wrenching Suicide Letter Naming Ativan as Murderer After Suffering Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome for 3 Years

Arthur Shapiro and colleagues published a randomized, double-blinded study in the 1983 Journal of Psychiatric Research entitled Diazepam: how much better ...
Read More
1983 New York Study Shows Diazepam (Valium) No Better Than Placebo For Treatment of “Neurotic” Anxiety

1983 New York Study Shows Diazepam (Valium) No Better Than Placebo For Treatment of “Neurotic” Anxiety

Dear Chairs and Members of the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of ...
Read More
Dr. Christy Huff in Support of Massachusetts Bill H.3594

Dr. Christy Huff in Support of Massachusetts Bill H.3594

BIC Position Statement on the Use of Benzodiazepines in Patients Receiving Buprenorphine Treatment Laura C. Huff M.D. [a], Peter R ...
Read More
Position Statement on the Use of Benzodiazepines in Patients Receiving Buprenorphine Treatment

Position Statement on the Use of Benzodiazepines in Patients Receiving Buprenorphine Treatment

In October 2016, I wrote an open letter detailing my withdrawal and the dangers of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Many have ...
Read More
An Update To My Open Letter: The Suffering of a Physician with Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome and a Call to Fight

An Update To My Open Letter: The Suffering of a Physician with Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome and a Call to Fight

October 13, 2016 To Whom It May Concern: I am a 40 year old cardiologist from the state of Texas, ...
Read More
Cardiologist and Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on Dangers of Benzodiazepines, and Her Personal Withdrawal Story

Cardiologist and Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on Dangers of Benzodiazepines, and Her Personal Withdrawal Story