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    Descriptive info: .. |.. Home.. Our services.. All about benzodiazepines.. FAQ.. BAT in the media.. Downloads.. Links.. News.. Contact.. BAT AGM.. Vacancies.. Search.. About BAT.. Mission Statement.. NEWS.. Twitter.. Date:.. 04/09/2012.. BAT are now on Twitter check us out: @BattleTranx.. more.. New Office Number.. Update your contact list BAT has a new office number 0117 9690303.. Would like to volunteer for BAT?.. 04/08/2011.. We are looking for people keen to help.. If you would like to get involved in any way please contact us on.. Who are we?.. BAT is a user-led, user-sensitive registered charity, based in Bristol.. Several ex-benzodiazepine users, and carers of users, are on BAT s management committee.. Our mission statement:.. To lessen the harm caused by benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers and sleeping pills.. Our aims.. To help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines, tranquillisers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects, and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.. To educate and inform all those who may come across the problem of Benzodiazepine addiction, either personally or professionally, towards and understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs actions and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal.. To influence services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from Benzodiazepines and similar drugs.. What we do:.. Provide direct  ...   offers specific training and support to organisations/workers, whose clients/patients experience the problems of benzodiazepine use and withdrawal.. Many national and local organisations signpost people to BAT for specialist tranquilliser help.. These include NHS Direct, National Drugs Helpline, Mind, Sane, and The Samaritans.. Our history.. Battle Against Tranquillisers began as a self-help unfunded group in 1985.. The need for such a group quickly became apparent.. Bristol Drug Project contacted us within a few weeks of opening, to offer the use of a room because that so many people who contacted the Project were also taking benzodiazepines.. In 1991 BAT won the Association of British Insurers Regional Gold Medal for Medical Services to the Community.. In 1994 a local GP contacted BAT to hold a series of consultations with patients who had been taking benzodiazepines long-term.. This was because she had noticed that older patients who fell and fractured bones, seemed almost always to be taking these drugs.. The following year (1995) BAT was placed on a firmer foundation and started to be funded from a number of sources.. It is now a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.. Jean Corston, a local Member of Parliament, is patron.. DOWNLOADS.. Some downloads may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.. Annual Report.. Medications and Interactions.. BAT Leaflet.. BAT Leaflet in Bengali.. Battle Against Tranquillisers, Registered Charity No.. 1056508, PO Box 658, Bristol, BS99 1XP Telephone: 0117 9663629 Site by.. PerfectArc..

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    Descriptive info: Services.. Battle Against Tranquillisers offers a range of support and educational services.. These are available to users of tranquillisers and sleeping pills and to health professionals, voluntary organisations and all those who have an interest in the subject.. For convenience the services have been presented in two sections:.. User services.. and.. Educational Services.. User Services.. These services are generally free, apart from normal telephone call charges, travel etc.. Peer Support Line:.. 0844 826 9317.. This is a national support line and is completely confidential and you will able to talk to someone who has considerable knowledge of the subject from personal experience.. We are a small organisation, and this support line is run by volunteers, so please be patient if you get an answering machine or the line is engaged.. We try to call back any messages left on the machine but this may not be the same day.. Calls to this service from a BT phone line will cost 5p per minute on weekdays.. Calls from other service providers and mobiles may be considerably more.. Some calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.. Support Groups.. We have several support groups in South Gloucestershire, North Somerset,Bristol and Bath.. These are informal groups and.. it is not necessary to be referred by a doctor.. Anyone looking for help is very welcome to come along.. The groups offer mutual support to help anyone who wishes to consider the level of benzodiazepines etc.. they take or to come off these tranquillisers.. There is no pressure as we encourage clients to be in charge of their own withdrawal.. We are always very happy to see those who have not yet made their minds up about coming off.. We also welcome family, friends and carers who might  ...   Centres.. BAT works in conjunction with a number of alcohol and drug organisations to support those who may have problems with multiple drug usage as well as benzodiazepines alone.. You can arrange to see one of our advisers at certain drop-in centres in Bristol, South Glos.. Bath and Weston-super-Mare.. Contact us.. for details.. Back to top.. Many health professionals now have some awareness of problems with benzodiazepine use.. Few, however, appreciate the full extent and intensity of the problem and are able to see it from the user's viewpoint.. Misdiagnosis of symptoms still occurs.. Illicit use of tranquillisers by drug users is underestimated.. Education about such matters is a vital part of our role.. As a small organisation we are very flexible and presentations will be tailored to the needs of your organisation or group.. If you don't see the service you want, we will be happy to consider your suggestions.. Please note that we do make a charge these services.. These are on a sliding scale from large well-funded organisations down to smaller not-so-well funded organisations.. There is no charge for unfunded community groups, user and carer groups, and small groups of interested people.. Please contact us for details of our charging policy.. Post-Graduate training for GPs.. This has been delivered in many different local areas, and continues to be available.. Guest Speaker Service.. An increasingly popular service, as benzodiazepines climb ever higher up the agenda.. Training sessions for Health, Social Services and other professionals.. Informal talks and meetings.. These can be arranged for community groups and others, including schools.. Reciprocal training.. We are always willing to discuss reciprocal training arrangements with other voluntary sector organisations.. Contact Us.. Click.. here.. for details of ways in which you can get in touch with BAT..

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    Descriptive info: Identification.. The Problem.. Symptoms.. Dependency.. Advice.. Equivalence.. What are they?.. Benzodiazepines.. The.. background to the benzo problem.. is given on another page.. Here we give some basic information about the drugs.. Benzodiazepines are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world and include Diazepam (Valium), Temazepam and Nitrazepam (Mogadon).. To check if the drug that you are taking is a benzodiazepine or closely related drug, see.. drug identification.. Members of the benzodiazepine family are all related chemically and have similar effects on the nervous system.. These include reduction of anxiety, sleepiness and muscle relaxation.. One of the key differences between individual benzodiazepines is the duration of the intended effects.. This is expressed as their half-life (the time for the blood concentration to fall by half).. The shorter half-life drugs are favoured as sleeping pills so that you are not too drowsy when awake.. The longer acting drugs are more often used as tranquillisers , because the effect is more evenly spread.. Some of the benzodiazepines have other uses, and they are widely used in hospitals (e.. g.. pre-medication before operations).. Withdrawal symptoms tend to cause more problems with the shorter acting drugs, probably because the level in the bloodstream varies so much.. With the longer acting drugs any withdrawal symptoms may occur several weeks after a reduction in  ...   benzodiazepines and similar drugs are sometimes termed minor tranquillisers as opposed to the major tranquillisers which are antipsychotic drugs.. The term minor misleads some people (including some in the medical profession) into underestimating the power of these substances.. The three Z s.. Later drugs have been introduced which are often claimed to be free of the problems which the benzodiazepines have.. The key drugs are Zolpidem, Zopiclone and Zaleplon (see.. It is difficult to be certain how addictive they are but indications suggest that they should be treated at least as cautiously as benzodiazepines.. Many more adverse reactions have been reported for Zopiclone, for example, than for the much older diazepam.. It should be noted that the "three Z's" are taken up at some of the same, very specific, receptor sites in the brain used by the benzodiazepines.. Their action is therefore similar.. Prescribing advice (BNF) is that they should not be used long term.. Other drugs.. A range of other drugs, besides the benzodiazepines, have been used as tranquillisers and sleeping pills.. Most of these have suffered from problems with dependency, toxicity or both.. The search for the holy grail of a truly harmless tranquilliser goes on, but some authorities feel that dependency may be an inherent feature of tranquillisers.. See our notes on the.. background to the benzodiazepine problem..

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    Descriptive info: Sleeping well.. FAQs.. Table of Contents.. How quickly should I come off?.. Wouldn't I be better off just staying on the drug?.. Shouldn't I concentrate on therapy for my emotional problems?.. I tried cutting slowly but hit problems!.. Should I ever increase my dose?.. How likely am I to become addicted?.. I don't like taking the tablets; surely I'm not an addict?.. How does a support group operate?.. What is BAT's attitude to those taking unprescribed drugs?.. There is no absolute answer since there are so many variables but you are much more likely to succeed if you do it.. slowly.. Most people try to come off far too quickly.. If you have been taking the drug for more than a few weeks ON NO ACCOUNT stop suddenly or make large cuts in dosage.. If there is a support group near you then consider using it.. See.. withdrawal advice.. This has to be a personal decision after taking the best available advice including consulting your doctor (it is very important to have a cooperative doctor!).. However in general the answer is "no" for the following reasons:.. The "therapeutic" effects of the drug reduce with time and you are probably getting little benefit.. If you keep increasing the dose to overcome this you will quickly become tolerant of the increase.. Even on a fixed dose you may eventually get some withdrawal symptoms.. The drug can distort your perception of the world and reduce your quality of life.. Some people think that it is too late but this is not so.. Whatever your age or length of time on the drug you.. can.. come off.. The answer is to reduce your dose very slowly.. This minimises withdrawal symptoms and eventually you will be free of the pills.. If your problems have developed since you started taking the drug then they may be side effects.. If your  ...   becomes higher if you take the drug regularly over a long period.. The Committee on Safety of Medicines recommends that benzodiazepines should not be prescribed for longer than 2-4 weeks.. Unfortunately this advice has often been ignored.. At longer periods than this the drugs lose their intended effects and withdrawal symptoms become increasingly likely.. See notes on.. It's all a matter of terminology.. There are many reasons for becoming dependent.. People may like the effects of the drug or they may fear the withdrawal symptoms.. They may think the pills are keeping them well.. Perhaps they tried to come off before but couldn't cope because they didn't have the information they needed to succeed.. We can only speak for our own support groups, which currently operate in the Bristol, England area.. BAT's policy is to offer support and advice for you to make your own decisions.. There is no pressure for anyone to reduce the amount they take before they feel ready.. We welcome people who haven't decided what they want to do yet.. Most people find listening to other people's experiences reassuring and informative.. Groups are usually guided by people who have come off pills themselves and understand the problems.. Our groups are informal and you are welcome to attend as often (or as rarely) as you wish.. It is important for people to be in charge of their own withdrawal rates.. BAT operates a client-led service which is non-judgmental.. We support clients with information, advice and a willing ear.. Groups are usually also happy to welcome relatives, carers and health professionals who wish to find out more about the subject.. See BAT services.. BAT is not concerned with how you came to be taking the drugs or what other drugs you may be taking.. We take a non-judgmental attitude.. As well as our support groups we offer a service at several drop-in centres..

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    Descriptive info: What The Papers Say.. Benzos - News from Abroad.. Misery of the tranquilliser addicts forced to go cold turkey by GPs.. Article by Jo Waters form the Mail Online.. 22nd March 2011.. http://www.. dailymail.. co.. uk/health/article-1368666/Misery-tranquilliser-addicts-forced-cold-turkey-GPs.. html.. Article about the death of Actor Corey Haim and his addiction to Benzodiazepines.. Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, orders investigation into harm caused by Tranquillisers.. Daily Express - 7 February 2010.. The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, has ordered an investigation by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs into the harmful effects of long term use of tranquillisers and benzodiazepines.. Benzodiazepines named as a contributing factor in Michael Jackson's death - Cardiologist may face charges.. The LA Coroner has declared Michael Jackson's death a homicide, with.. "acute propofol intoxication" given as the actual cause, but with an unhealthy mixture of benzodiazepines ( lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and ephedrine) named as a contributing factor.. Please click heading above to go to the actual article.. Michael Jackson had 3 different types of benzodiazepines in his bloodstream when he died.. Interview with Dr George Graf, a certified anesthesiologist, talks about drugs and benzodiazepines in the treatment of patients.. Sky News web article on death of Michael Jackson.. Interview with BAT's  ...   new partnership, which has been made possible by St Monica's Lottery Trust funding.. The West Tonight.. Friday 20th March 2009: The West Tonight TV Interview.. An interview with Dave Dicks and Professor Steve Field about benzodiazepine addiction and the prescribing of benzodiazepines by GPs.. Alternative content.. To view this content you need the latest Flash Player.. 7th February 2008: Dave Barrett Morning Show.. Following the death of Heath Ledger, which was partly attributed to his use of benzodiazepines, Una Dave were invited to appear once again on the Dave Barrett Morning Show:.. Kiss FM 101 Soundbites.. 20th March 2007 6am-9am.. News item:.. Young people can get addicted to prescribed drugs:.. Celebrities in rehab coming off benzos in 3 weeks sends the wrong message about withdrawal:.. 'The West Tonight' (Local news show, ITV1 West region).. 3rd November 2006 at 6pm.. News item: Inadequate Services for Benzodiazepine Users.. The item addressed the need for specialised support services for benzodiazepine users: In a short interview, BAT called for doctors to work and cooperate with specialised voluntary benzodiazepine groups.. Watch the video (approx 3 minutes.. Requires Flash Player).. 27th October 2006: Dave Barrett Morning Show.. Una and Dave appeared on Dave Barret's morning show.. Listen to this interview again:..

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    Descriptive info: Here is a selection of useful information for you to download and use.. Harm Reduction Leaflet.. BAT Leaflet in Punjabi.. BAT Leaflet in Gujarati.. BAT Leaflet in Urdu.. How much do you Know about Benzodiazepines Leaflet front.. How much do you Know about Benzodiazepines Leaflet Back.. Diazepam Patient Information Leaflet.. NHS Prodigy advice for Doctors..

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    Descriptive info: LINKS.. SMMGP.. "Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)".. is a developing network to support GPs other members of the primary health care team who work with substance misuse in the UK.. The project team produces the SMMGP newsletter (Network) organises the annual conference 'Managing Drug Users in General Practice'.. Link to  ...   and anyone who has to deal with them, with references to poly-drug use involving benzos.. Check out the FAQs (.. Dr Fixit's FAQs).. Resource Library.. They are also very complimentary about BAT's website!.. "A great on-line resource for those who are dependent on hypnotics and anxiolitics.. ".. (SMMGP Clinical Update May 2007)..

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    Descriptive info: Latest Developments.. Coming Soon.. As we have had such success with our helpline we thought that we could reach out to even more people.. To do this we will be launching a second helpline for the Carers of Benzodiazepine users.. Just like our current helpline which is run by volunteers that are recovered/recovering benzo users  ...   for benzo users.. We will keep you updated on when this service will be opened.. (04/09/2012).. 0844 8269317.. Our national helpline for anyone that needs help and support with their Benzodiazepine use is open between 9am to 8pm.. Calls from other service providers and mobiles may be.. 0844 8269317 NEW HELPLINE OPEN MONDAY.. (14/10/2010).. (04/08/2011)..

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    Descriptive info: Help Line: +44 (0)844 826 9317.. Some calls may be recored for training and monitoring purposes.. Una Corbett,.. Co-ordinator.. Battle.. Against Tranquillisers.. PO Box 658.. Bristol.. BS99 1XP.. United Kingdom.. Email:.. Support@bataid.. org.. Telephone: +44 (0)117 9690303..

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    Descriptive info: 2010.. 2011.. Annual General Meeting.. 2011-2012.. Battle Against Tranquillisers invites you to a talk by.. Professor Kenneth Wann.. October 18th 2012.. Prompt start at 7.. 00pm.. At Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway.. (This is Coniston Community Centre.. NOT.. Patchway Community Centre).. Please download your.. invite..

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