The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held at Outrigger Surfers Paradise in Queensland on the 20 – 22 May 2015. Workshops will run Wednesday 20 May and require pre-registration.
Workshop Presenter: Ms Fiona Lewi, Benzodiazepine Counsellor, Reconnexion
Workshop Schedule: Wed 20 May 2015 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Abstract Overview: Benzodiazepines: The Rocky Road to Recovery!
This workshop is for anyone working with people who are contemplating or wish to withdraw from benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines are one of the most difficult drugs to withdraw from and helping clients through this process can be extremely challenging. Nothing is black and white and everyone’s experience is different. Unlike other drugs of concern, they carry such a high risk of dependency that even at therapeutic doses tolerance and dependency can develop within a few days. Coupled with other licit and illicit drugs they become life destroying and all too often life threatening.
This interactive and informative workshop will be a chance to develop or refresh your knowledge of the ways in which Benzodiazepines work, how they interact with other drugs including alcohol and illicit drugs, reasons for prescribing and use, risks surrounding dependency, understanding and managing this complex withdrawal.
The workshop will use case studies and small group discussions to help participants understand how to assist their clients in identifying dependency and managing withdrawal, supporting their clients to full recovery.
To register for Ms Fiona Lewi’s Workshop, please click here.