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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 experienced 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.

Dr. Huff is available to be interviewed or for professional speaking engagements

 

The updated benzodiazepine boxed warning: What you need to know
Dr. Christy Huff blogs on KevinMD about the latest FDA benzodiazepine black box warning and the limitations of the warning: ...
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The updated benzodiazepine boxed warning: What you need to know

4 Drugs That Interact with Anxiety Meds
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for Medshadow about 4 drugs that affect benzodiazepines: With benzos, there are two main areas of ...
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4 Drugs That Interact with Anxiety Meds

Stop cutting patients off their prescribed benzodiazepines
Dr. Christy Huff shares about the importance of safe tapering in her latest KevinMD.com blog: The benzodiazepine problem goes beyond ...
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Stop cutting patients off their prescribed benzodiazepines

A Xanax prescription that should have been rejected
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for KevinMD about her own experience with Xanax harm: In hindsight, I should have never accepted ...
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A Xanax prescription that should have been rejected

Don’t miss this adverse drug reaction when tapering benzodiazepines
Dr. Christy Huff blogs about the often missed benzodiazepine-withdrawal induced akathisia and its dire consequences: Patients suffering from akathisia are ...
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Don’t miss this adverse drug reaction when tapering benzodiazepines

Internet support forums for benzodiazepine withdrawal: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for KevinMD about the online patient benzodiazepine support groups: For these reasons, it’s not shocking patients ...
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Internet support forums for benzodiazepine withdrawal: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Support Forums for Benzo Withdrawal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for Doximity Op-Med about the online patient benzodiazepine support groups: For these reasons, it’s not shocking ...
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Support Forums for Benzo Withdrawal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

10 tips to help patients through benzodiazepine withdrawal
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for KevinMD about her tips for doctors to help patients in benzodiazepine withdrawal: As physicians, we ...
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10 tips to help patients through benzodiazepine withdrawal

Take it from this physician: Beware the dangers of benzodiazepines
Dr. Christy Huff blogs for Kevin MD about her own experience with the dangers of benzodiazepines: During my journey, I ...
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Take it from this physician: Beware the dangers of benzodiazepines

Class of 2001: Christy (Mitchell) Huff, M.D.
From Christy's alma mater:   Medical School alumna Christy (Mitchell) Huff, M.D., has been appointed Director of Benzodiazepine Information Coalition, ...
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Class of 2001: Christy (Mitchell) Huff, M.D.

The Podcast by Kevin MD: What you need to know about the updated benzodiazepine boxed warning
Dr. Christy Huff spoke with Kevin MD about the new FDA black box warning: The FDA recommended an updated boxed ...
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The Podcast by Kevin MD: What you need to know about the updated benzodiazepine boxed warning

Why You Should Try a "Coffee Nap"—and Other Surprising Tips on How to Sleep Better
Nicole Pajer writes for Parade Magazine about the best tips to conquer insomnia. Filled with helpful tips and even one ...
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Why You Should Try a “Coffee Nap”—and Other Surprising Tips on How to Sleep Better

Benzo nightmare: US doctor on a personal mission to highlight the dangers of the drug
Margaret Jennings of the Irish Examiner interviews Dr. Christy Huff about her benzodiazepine harm and four-year benzodiazepine taper. The piece ...
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Benzo nightmare: US doctor on a personal mission to highlight the dangers of the drug

The Anxiety Trap
Peter Andrey Smith explores the risks of benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety in this Men's Health piece. Telling the stories of ...
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The Anxiety Trap

Healing From Benzo Withdrawal w/ Dr. Christy Huff
Mental Health Podcast's Jesse Zook Mann talked Dr. Christy Huff about the side effects of benzos, how patients can cope, and ...
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Healing From Benzo Withdrawal w/ Dr. Christy Huff

A Conversation with Dr. Christy Huff
In this episode of the Benzo Free Podcast, D.E. Foster speaks with Dr. Christy Huff. In part 1, Dr. Huff shares ...
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A Conversation with Dr. Christy Huff

The Benzodiazepine: The Next Opioid? Part One and Part Two
MK Mendoza speaks with Dr. Christy Huff from the Benzodiazapine Information Coalition, an advocacy group helping people who are silently suffering ...
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The Benzodiazepine: The Next Opioid? Part One and Part Two

Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2019
James Moore Interviews Dr. Christy Huff for Mad in America Benzodiazepine Podcast 2019 Listen to the podcast HERE ...
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Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2019

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal & Dependency: Dr. Christy Huff's Horrible Experience
Dr. Erin Stair interviews Dr. Christy Huff on this Causes or Cures podcast. In this podcast, Dr. Huff opens up ...
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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal & Dependency: Dr. Christy Huff’s Horrible Experience

Safe Prescription Drug Use
In this Drugwatch article Amy Keller, RN explores safe prescription drug use, especially opioids, benzodiazepines and z-drugs. The article interviews ...
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Safe Prescription Drug Use

The Rise of the Social Media Doctor
Dana Corriel, M.D. writes about the rise of doctors on social media using the platform to fight against pseudoscience. Our own ...
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The Rise of the Social Media Doctor

The Deadly Worst-Case Scenario for America’s Xanax Obsession
In this Vice piece Maia Szalavitz warns of the potential deadly consequences of physicians barring access to benzodiazepines in response ...
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The Deadly Worst-Case Scenario for America’s Xanax Obsession

Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis
Dr. Christy Huff appeared on NBC's Nightly News with Lester Holt to warn about prescribed benzodiazepine physical dependence and damage. Dr ...
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Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say
Christine Vestal writes about benzodiazepines and their dangers. Focusing on the similarities in prescribing as the opiate crisis, Vestal reports ...
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These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

With benzos, a doctor discovers ease of dependency, ordeal of withdrawal
In their series on sedatives in the opioid crisis, M.J. Tidwell interviewed both Dr. Christy Huff and Sonja Styblo about their own ...
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With benzos, a doctor discovers ease of dependency, ordeal of withdrawal

I Tried to Get Off Ativan
Harriet Brown recently published her own harm from prescription Ativan in Vice. The piece covers how Brown unexpectedly fell into physical ...
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I Tried to Get Off Ativan

Updated Benzodiazepine Informed Consent Available
We are pleased to release an updated version of our benzodiazepine informed consent. Authored by Dr. Christy Huff at Benzodiazepine ...
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Updated Benzodiazepine Informed Consent Available

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

Response to “Acute and Persistent Withdrawal Syndromes following Discontinuation of Psychotropic Medications” by Cosci et al. (2020), Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, February 8, 2021

What I Was Not Taught in Medical School About Benzodiazepines
In this video, our director, Dr. Christy Huff, shares about what she was not taught in medical school about benzodiazepines.  ...
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What I Was Not Taught in Medical School About Benzodiazepines

DocTalk4: Tapering and Managing Withdrawal w/ Christy Huff, MD
Our director Dr. Christy Huff recently spoke about tapering and managing withdrawal ...
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DocTalk4: Tapering and Managing Withdrawal w/ Christy Huff, MD

10 Tips to Find Medical Help with Benzodiazepine Cessation from Dr. Christy Huff
Our director, Dr. Christy Huff, shares tips on how to find a prescriber to help with a benzodiazepine taper.   ...
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10 Tips to Find Medical Help with Benzodiazepine Cessation from Dr. Christy Huff

The Podcast by Kevin MD: What you need to know about the updated benzodiazepine boxed warning
Dr. Christy Huff spoke with Kevin MD about the new FDA black box warning: The FDA recommended an updated boxed ...
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The Podcast by Kevin MD: What you need to know about the updated benzodiazepine boxed warning

Public Workshop: Safe Use of Benzodiazepines: Clinical, Regulatory, and Public Health Perspectives
Duke University's Margolis Center for Health Policy, in cooperation with the FDA, held a public workshop Safe Use of Benzodiazepines: ...
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Public Workshop: Safe Use of Benzodiazepines: Clinical, Regulatory, and Public Health Perspectives

Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium
Dr. Christy Huff presented Safe Prescribing Protocols of Benzodiazepines: Lessons Learned from the Opioid Crisis alongside Dr. Alexis Ritvo on July 18, ...
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Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium

Surviving Xanax.. When the Doctor Becomes the Patient
Cardiologist Dr. Christy Huff and Physician Assistant Nicole Lamberson tell Psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Halliganhow they both survived Xanax and are ...
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Surviving Xanax.. When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

Colorado Opioid Epidemic Lunch and Learn: Benzodiazepine Prescribing Protocols
On March 31, the Colorado Consortium held the Lunch and Learn Safe Prescribing Protocols of Benzodiazepines: Lessons Learned from the Opioid Crisis, ...
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Colorado Opioid Epidemic Lunch and Learn: Benzodiazepine Prescribing Protocols

On Being Both A Medical Provider And A Patient Harmed By Prescribed Psychiatric Medication
The documentary Medicating Normal presents a discussion with our director, Dr. Christy Huff, along with Nicole Lamberson, PA, Dr. Mark ...
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On Being Both A Medical Provider And A Patient Harmed By Prescribed Psychiatric Medication

Benzodiazepines: A Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight
Dr. Christy Huff, Dr. Stephen Wright and Dr. Anna Lembke presented Benzodiazepines: A Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight at the American ...
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Benzodiazepines: A Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight

West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Drs Christy Huff and Sandra Steingard presented on benzodiazepines at West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders WCSAD 2020 ...
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West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders

Benzodiazepines and Suicide
Dr. Christy Huff spoke about benzodiazepines harm and their relationship to suicide prevention at Grand Rounds Aaron Bailey Memorial Suicide Prevention ...
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Benzodiazepines and Suicide

Healing From Benzo Withdrawal w/ Dr. Christy Huff
Mental Health Podcast's Jesse Zook Mann talked Dr. Christy Huff about the side effects of benzos, how patients can cope, and ...
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Healing From Benzo Withdrawal w/ Dr. Christy Huff

A Conversation with Dr. Christy Huff
In this episode of the Benzo Free Podcast, D.E. Foster speaks with Dr. Christy Huff. In part 1, Dr. Huff shares ...
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A Conversation with Dr. Christy Huff

Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2019
James Moore Interviews Dr. Christy Huff for Mad in America Benzodiazepine Podcast 2019 Listen to the podcast HERE ...
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Mad in America Benzo Podcast 2019

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal & Dependency: Dr. Christy Huff's Horrible Experience
Dr. Erin Stair interviews Dr. Christy Huff on this Causes or Cures podcast. In this podcast, Dr. Huff opens up ...
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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal & Dependency: Dr. Christy Huff’s Horrible Experience

 

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