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Tapering strips

For general information about tapering strips and how then can be legally ordered from the UK see:

A petition to make such strips available in the UK

Dedicated services currently offering support in the UK

Bristol & District Tranquiliser Project
Support for withdrawal from tranquilisers and antidepressants

The Bridge Project, Bradford: New Directions
‘Addiction to Medicines’ service (painkillers, benzodiazepines and Z-drugs)

The Prescribed Medication Support Service
(PMSS) – North Wales

Shared Decision Making

NHS (2012). Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me – Government Response. Available online:

Coping tools for use during withdrawal – introductory links

The Withdrawal Project
Coping Mechanisms a-z, available online:


Baer, R. A. (Ed)(2014). Mindfulness based treatment approaches.

Anthony, Wen & Howard, Matthew & Garland, Eric & McGovern, Tricia & Lazar, Michael. (2017). Mindfulness treatment for substance misuse: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75. 10.1016/j. jsat.2017.01.008.

Mind (2013). Mindfulness exercises and tips. Available online:

NHS (2018). Guide to mindfulness. Available online:

Positive self-support and self-talk

Battles, M. (2019). Self talk determines your success. Available online:

Sound Mind (2017). Positive self talk. Available online:

Scott, E. (2019). Reduce stress and improve your life with positive self talk. Available online:

Breathing exercises

Breathing techniques

Boyes, A. (2016). Breathing techniques for anxiety. Psychology Today. Available online:

Human Givens Institute (2012). 7–11 breathing: How does deep breathing make you feel more relaxed? Available online:

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) aka “tapping”

It’s suggested that this is ideally learned from an EFT practitioner, although there are some You Tube videos from its founder, Gary Craig, which describe its use e.g. EFT Intro


Get self help (2018). Grounding techniques for coping with flashbacks and distress. Available online:

Taibbi, R. (2019). Upset? 10 grounding techniques first-aid for when you feel stressed, angry, overwhelmed. Psychology Today. Available online:


Villines, Z. (2017). What is the best type of meditation? Medical News Today
Available online:

Inner Compass, Guided Meditation Resources, Available online:, What is Meditation? Available online:

Self-compassion work

Good Therapy, Self-compassion, Available online:

Neff, K. & Germer, C. (2018). The mindful self-compassion workbook. Guilford Press, New York.

Keeping a diary

Mind (2013). ‘Self-care for anxiety’ encourages keeping a diary. Available online:

Scott, E. (2019). A ‘how to’ guide on keeping a diary. Available online:

Bipolar UK, Mood Diary (a template for tracking medications and feelings). Available online:


Okhai, F. (2003). The power of deep relaxation and guided imagery. Human Givens Institute, Available online:


Beck, A.T. (1985). Anxiety disorders & phobias. NY: Harper & Row

Blair, L. (2017). De-catastrophising. Available online:

Withdrawal Support Sites

The Ashton Manual
Research information and protocol for the treatment of withdrawal

Battle Against Tranquilisers
Support for withdrawal from benzodiazepines, tranquillisers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects

Benzo Buddies
Online support for benzodiazepine withdrawal
Articles, information, expert medical documents, news stories and personal accounts on benzodiazepine withdrawal

Bloom in Wellness
Free info or membership at nominal monthly fee for benzodiazepine and anti-depressant withdrawal

British Psychological Society
Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia

Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of Minds
A film by Daniel Mackler

The Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry
Providing evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference

Icarus Project and Freedom Centre
Harm reduction guide to coming off psychiatric drugs ComingOffPsychDrugs HarmReductGuide 2Edonline.pdf
Lehmann, P. (Ed), (2004). Coming off psychiatric drugs: Successful withdrawal from neuroleptics, antidepressants, lithium, carbamazepine and tranquilizers. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Publishing.

Mad in America
Learning about psychiatric withdrawal

Coming off of psychiatric drugs

Information on coming off of antidepressants

NICE Guidelines
British National Formulary – Guidance, advice and information for health, public health and social care professionals.

Recovery Road
Antidepressant and benzodiazepine withdrawal support

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Information on antidepressants
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Guide on stopping antidepressants:

Surviving Antidepressants
Online forum providing peer support for tapering and withdrawal syndrome

The Withdrawal Project
Support for tapering off psychiatric medication

Drug classes and their uses – summary table

Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Dr Tom Stockmann, May 2019

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