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Supplements and Benzo Withdrawal

All data must be read in conjunction with the survey limitations.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of respondents said that they took supplements prior to taking benzodiazepines.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of respondents said that they added supplements during withdrawal.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of those who added in supplements thought it helped them and 23% thought that they were detrimental to their withdrawal.

The table below compares 4 groups. The groups were, those that added in supplements during withdrawal who thought it helped them, those that added in supplements during withdrawal who thought it neither helped them nor hurt them, those that added in supplements during withdrawal who thought it hurt them and those who did not add supplements during withdrawal.

They were compared on their

- average functionality rating at the worst point in their withdrawal

- the rating they gave to their withdrawal experience (10 = Easy and 13 = extremely difficult)

- the average number of months it took to recover.

The group that added in supplements and thought it helped them and the group who didn't add supplements were very similar. For instance the group who added in supplements and thought it helped said that they were able to do 2.7 of the nine rated activities with ease compared to 2.3 activities of the group who didn't add in supplements. Both groups rated themselves the same on the difficulty of their withdrawal.

The groups who added in supplements and said that they neither helped nor hurt them or that they hurt them scored worse on all three measures compared to the other groups.

 

      AVERAGE FUNCTIONALITY RATING
  Extra Supps Added Not Added
      Helped Neither Helped or Hurt Hurt  
    Mean 2.7 1.3 1.1 2.3
      WITHDRAWAL DIFFICULTY RATING
  Extra Supps Added Not Added
      Helped Neither Helped or Hurt Hurt  
    Mean 12.4 12.7 13.0 12.4
      AVERAGE MONTHS TO RECOVER
  Extra Supps Added Not Added
      Helped Neither Helped or Hurt Hurt  
    Mean 11.9 13.3 16.0 11.8

 

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Last updated 22 July 2015