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BDZ eHealth Study Information

 

Welcome to the Benzodiazepine (BDZ eHealth) program

 

The BDZ eHealth was developed to assist people who would like to know more about benzodiazepines and who may be thinking about gradually reducing (and eventually withdrawing) from using benzodiazepines. The information in this program was developed by the Centre for Biopsychosocial and eHealth Research & Innovation (CBeRI) at Federation University, in association with Reconnexion (a service of EACH).

If you are interested in signing up for the BDZ eHealth program, please first read through the information below.

 

 

 

The BDZ eHealth program modules

The BDZ eHealth program is accessible via web, mobile and tablet and consists of an introductory module and five program modules, including:

  1. Benzodiazepine and Dependence
  2. The Pathway to Reduction
  3. A Gradual Reduction Program (Case Example)
  4. Withdrawal Symptoms
  5. Managing Withdrawal Symptoms

 

  • Please open the toggle boxes below if you would like to read more about the BDZ eHealth program resources and things to consider before signing up for the BDZ eHealth program.
BDZ eHealth program Resources

 

All modules are accessible immediately and Module 5, in particular, is a very practical module. Here you will find a range of strategies and helpful tools (e.g., guided audios) designed to assist you to better manage your withdrawal symptoms and stress levels. The strategies discussed in Module 5 include:

 

  • Controlled Breathing
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Riding the Emotional Wave
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal Setting
  • Brain & Gut Nutrition
  • Increasing Physical Activity / Exercise
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Cognitive Bias Modification

 

You will also be able to access the program via mobile, tablet or web platforms – as we have used a responsive layout design. In addition, we have created one particular web page called  ‘On the Go’ Mobile Tools’. On this page we have placed all of the useful ‘on the go’ tools in the one place so you can have immediate access to these tools when you are out and about. You can even create your own mobile app icon for this page.

 

Things to consider before signing up for the BDZ eHealth program

 

Before starting any type of benzodiazepine reduction process it is essential that you get your GP involved.

If you decide that you would like to do the BDZ eHealth program, it will be necessary that:

  • you are 18 years of age or older
  • you live in Australia and;
  • that you agree not to use the ‘cold turkey’ method (i.e., complete withdrawal from using benzodiazepine medication) should you decide that you would like to reduce your benzodiazepine dosage. 

 

We also strongly encourage you to make use of the Reconnexion telephone support service if you decide to sign up for the BDZ eHealth study. You can read more about the study by reading the Plain Language Information Statement. 

 

So, if you are interested in signing up for the BDZ eHealth program, please click here.