Alternative treatments for withdrawing the long-term benzodiazepine user: A pilot study

Ronald G. Nathan, Dean Robinson, D. R. Cherek, C. Simon Sebastian, Mary Hack, Sharon Davison

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Anxiolytic therapy with benzodiazepines and their potential for dependence are reviewed. Relaxation training and biofeedback have been used for chemically dependent anxious patients. These techniques have been recommended for benzodiazepine-dependent patients, but not investigated. Previous withdrawal studies offer only limited follow-up data. Stress management treatment was based on a successful case study. Recruitment difficulties were encountered. However, seven patients were randomly assigned to stress management or brief psychotherapy. All showed improvement, but three of four patients available for 1 year follow-up had returned to pretreatment dependence. These withdrawal difficulties suggest the need for more effective treatments and more adequate follow-up studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-211
Number of pages17
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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