Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Please Note:  Nothing on this website constitutes medical advice. We simply encourage patients to educate themselves about psychiatric medications.

No one should abruptly stop prescribed psychiatric medications. Patients need to slowly taper off their drug(s) over a period of many months even years. Without slow tapering the symptoms of prescribed drug withdrawal can be severe, possibly life threatening and disabling.

Unfortunately many doctors are not knowledgeable about the need for patient-centered, slow tapering off psychiatric medications. Many doctors will taper a patient off psychiatric medications much too quickly, over weeks or months, even though the patient may have been on the drug for years. When alarming physiological, emotional, psychological symptoms develop, this is often viewed as the illness coming back – and often used as a reason why the patient needs to stay on the medication.

However, there are some resources on the internet which are based on medical research and lived experience that can help educate patients about safe tapering and enlighten doctors about de-prescribing.

Below is an excellent article by researcher and psychiatrist, Josef Witt-Doerring, appearing in a professional journal, Psychiatric Times.

Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry (U.K.)

A British website that highlights the latest medical research on the failures and problems associated with psychiatric medications.

Please see their very useful page which lists many websites that offer support and information for people withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

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The Withdrawal Project

Offers detailed information about safe micro-tapering methods to get off of psychiatric medications.

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Mad In America

MIA is the pre-eminent journalism website that offers stories, news, debate, and science around the issues of mental health, psychiatry, and the current paradigm of mental illness. Their Parent Resources section has drug information that is concise and useful.

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Benzo Buddies

A peer support forum designed for people in psychiatric drug withdrawal or tapering from benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.

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Surviving Antidepressants

A peer support forum designed for people in psychiatric drug withdrawal or tapering from antidepressants.

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Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs

A 52-page guide that explores harm reduction and supporting people to make the decision that is best for them in taking all kinds of psychiatric drugs.

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Addiction Dependency Solutions (Oldham, UK)

ADS is a leading UK drug and alcohol charity operating throughout the North and the Midlands, with decades of experience treating drug, alcohol and more recently prescription drug addiction.

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Battle Against Tranquilisers (Bristol, UK)

Supporting individuals to reduce the harms caused by prescribed drugs of addiction and withdrawal through a wrap-around service of one to one therapy, group therapy and a telephone support service.

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Bristol and District Tranquilliser Project (Bristol, UK)

Helping people who are experiencing involuntary addition to prescribed minor tranquillisers, slipping pills, and antidepressants.

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R.E.S.T. Minor Tranquilisers Service (Camden or Islington Boroughs, UK)

We offer advice and information, counselling, a weekly peer support group, access to the Foundations of recovery program, mindfulness, complementary therapies and support for family members and partners.

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The Bridge Project (Bradford, UK)

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Reconexxion (Australia)

Treatment, support and information about benzodiazepine dependency and withdrawal, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

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