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

Benzo nightmare: US doctor on a personal mission to highlight the dangers of the drugMargaret Jennings, Irish Examiner, April 24, 2020

The Anxiety Trap, Peter Andrey Smith, Men’s Health, April, 2020

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

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

“Masha’s” father’s life was destroyed because he followed his prescription for Ativan.  She contacted the Benzodiazepine Information
Coalition to share his suicide note, hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of prescribed benzodiazepines.  She states that “My father is dead.  He hanged himself in 2015.  He was taking Ativan for anxiety, as was Chris Cornell (lead singer of Soundgarden).  In light of Cornell’s suicide, also by hanging, I feel a duty to share my father’s suicide note.  If this letter speaks to you, please share it.”    

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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

In October 2016, I wrote an open letter detailing my withdrawal and the dangers of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Many have asked how I am doing since that time.  I’m going to be completely open and honest in this update. Things have been extremely rough.  I have...

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