FDA MedWatch Program campaign failing, only 277 kooks fill out complaints to date

“277 reports may not be enough!” – panicked Benzo Buddies member

Benzo Buddies claims to have 33,085 members yet can’t rouse a paltry 1% of them to fill out a complaint to the FDA. The tiny, secret Facebook groups have perhaps 2000 members combined (most join multiple groups in order amplify the self-pity they can wallow in everyday as they talk about how bottled water can send them into a wave) but despite hounding by zealots can’t get more than a handful of their members to do this.

Trouble at BALA?

The word on the street is that an admin – a very special admin – has been booted from the tiny private club for being negative, bordering on abusive, toward fellow addicts.

I wonder if this palace coup has to do with accusations of Benzodiazepine Information Coalition addict shaming by Benzo Buddies members?

Mad in America promoting LSD?

“There is no denying that psychedelic medicines offer potential for healing beyond the reaches of talk therapy. But their tremendous healing potential carries with it equal capacity for abuse. Beyond my own experiences, history supports this view — whether it be the LSD trials of the CIA, Ewan Cameron’s thought control experiments, or the current spate of sexual abuse and iatrogenic harms pertaining to ayahuasca and other realms of psychedelic tourism. The intimacy of my first-hand involvement in the Phase II clinical trial for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD weighs heavily against my desire to challenge every facet of this approach.”

https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/10/psychedelic-series-1-mountain/

CULT OF SHAME

Re: Benzodiazepine Information Coalition's Website
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2016, 01:06:13 am »

[Buddie]

Thanks, […]! Good detective work! Did I miss it on the website? I thought perhaps there was some reason why I couldn’t find any specific names and biographies attached to this project. Why wouldn’t the names and bios be listed in the “About Us” section? Why wouldn’t they introduce themselves formally — especially if they’re asking for money? Am I missing something?
« Last Edit: September 18, 2016, 01:27:29 am by [Buddie] »

Re: Benzodiazepine Information Coalition's Website
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2016, 01:51:46 am »

[Buddie]

I know Lapis, I thought the same thing. No, you didn’t miss it on the website. It’s not there. This really should be information on the website, but apparently you have to be a Facebook member to find out everything, like members names, 24 hr fundraising event, not sure what else. I’m a little disappointed by this. I don’t like Facebook. This is how I found it (in bold):

Quote from: [Buddie] on September 18, 2016, 12:46:02 am
I can’t seem to post the link, I think because it’s Facebook. I’m not a Facebook member, but if you Google “who runs the benzodiazepine information coalition”, a Facebook return comes up called, “Benzodiazepine Information Coalition – Timeline | Facebook. Click on that and the above quote comes from the comment section and you can click on “Jocelyn”. You’ll recognize her from the videos.

CULT OF MADNESS, CULT OF SHAME

There is still a stigma
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:51:07 pm »

[Buddie]

You can tell people you have diabetes or another condition and there is no shame or stigma. I never tell anyone but close family that I have anxiety disorder and depression. My anxiety problems before I got hooked on Ativan and had a bad withdrawal 9 years ago were nothing compared to the way I am now. I went through hell, and I’m trying a substitution taper now. I’m going to get through this and get better to enjoy my retirement and the years I have let after 64. People do not understand, and it’s private struggle. Support groups like this is where we can freely share. Maybe someday people will not look down at those with anxiety, depression, or even more serious psych disorders and realize that this I not a sign of personal weakness or something to be ashamed about. Nutcase, loony, “just a neurotic” might be a thing of the past. So much of it is a medical or genetic condition or chemical imbalance, and science is learning more about this daily.

Re: There is still a stigma
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 11:59:32 pm »

[Buddie]

You are right there is a stigma and I have noticed it. When I got out of rehab in November I was not aware it was withdrawal since they told me to give it 2-3 weeks and everything would be fine. So I did not know what is wrong and by Christmas I thought I had to have a medical issue. So I saw every doctor in the free world have tests run and xrays from the head down and nothing was wrong. The doctors all told me also that it could no longer be related to anything abt withdrawal because the drugs where out of my system totally. I finally discovered sometime in Jan what was really happening. I found a psychiatrist who is an addiction specialist and he told me what was really wrong. I was so happy I found a doc to diagnose and tell me what was wrong and tell me I had a long way to go to get better.

I’m sorry I have a way of taking other ppls posts and making them about me. Anyway so when I got the diagnosis I started telling people around me what was wrong and I noticed that ppl did not like discussing it. It always made things kind of uncomfortable. I told my psych and he said it is a normal reaction that whenever you tell them something related to mental health they want to change the subject and not discuss it. As a result unless someone specifically asks me I just don’t bring it up. Sometimes family members bring it up to tell me “you are just depressed” or “that could not be your problem” so that always sucks and I just steer clear of them now.

Maybe someday it will be easier to discuss it but for now I keep it to myself.

Re: There is still a stigma
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2016, 04:02:29 am »

[Buddie]

I’m glad ppl. know I have brain damage now or have had a stroke and it’s not all in my head. A person who stutters and can hardly talk or function isn’t just suffering from anxiety and depression.

Cult of Shame

"Secret" Facebook Group
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:17:58 am »

[Buddie]

Is there a “secret” benzo withdrawl group on Facebook? I see there are “closed” ones, but others can see if I become a member. Only a handful of people know about my addiction and I’d like to keep it that way. 

Brainwashed buddies begin to realize with millions on benzos, and less than 1% having issues with them, they’re a tiny minority i.e. a cult

Are we really a small minority, or is benzo w/d underreported and misdiagnosed?
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:06:37 pm »

[Buddie]

With as many millions of people that go on Benzo’s, It seems like this board doesn’t have a ton of people on it compared to what I would expect to see.

Are what people on this board going through really as small of a sample size as it seems or are there countless others out there struggling silently or even worse, put on different pharmaceuticals to mask the symptoms or are misdiagnosed and put on something they don’t even have to be on.

Even online Google searches don’t seem to show as much as I would expect. So did we just draw the short straw in the gene pool?