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Over 50 million people in the US are prescribed benzodiazepines, insomnia aids, opioids and antidepressants, which is more than 20% of the US adult population. Physicians initiate many of these medications during a time of distress in the patient’s life. For a host of reasons that physicians and patients are up against, use of these medications during and after episodic short-term medical situations can unintentionally lead to tolerance and dependence.
Physicians regularly encounter patients who have been on these medications for a short period of time, typically less than 2 years after a treatment/procedure such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or symptomatic treatment of insomnia/depression/anxiety. Our goal is to prevent these patients from sliding into long-term dependence and addiction, while simultaneously assisting overburdened physicians.
Breaking Benzo provide a comprehensive, 24/7 digital medication tapering and withdrawal management platform and service that builds a personalized program and delivers support, guidance, therapy and medication management from professional coaches and medically-licensed psychiatrists on an ongoing basis to help your patients taper from habit-forming medications safely and effectively. We provide private, confidential support directly from your patient's computer or smartphone - any time, anywhere.
The program has the following five main components:
- Personalized tapering plan by a psychiatrist
- Video-based psychiatric sessions
- Daily monitoring of patient's progress and status via digital feedback
- 24/7 messaging with health coaches
- Collaboration with the refering Doctor for prescription changes
By offering Breaking Benzo to your patients, you can rest assured that we will be there for them all the way providing support, guidance and therapy to help them taper safely and effectively. Patients will receive world-class treatment by a compassionate and Stanford-trained care team that is focused on and is passionate about helping people eliminate their dependency on habit-forming medications.
Breaking Benzo makes it easy for your patients to get the care they need and gives you a faster way to direct patients to behavioral health services. For those patients who live in remote areas, are housebound, have trouble lining up childcare, or just have too much going on in their lives to make room for regular therapy sessions, this may be the best - and in some cases the only - way they'll get help for medication tapering and withdrawal management. All they need to meet with a therapist or psychiatrist is a computer, webcam and broadband internet access. The information that you provide will stay strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone.