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Worcester Withdrawal Group

The Worcester Withdrawal Group is a not for profit voluntary service which is due to commence on October 9th, 2019.  It has been set up to help those having difficulties with prescribed psychotropic medication.

The Group has the following main objectives:-

1. To offer a safe space for people to discuss their difficulties with prescribed antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sedatives.

2. To offer peer support for people to manage dependency and withdrawal safely from antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sedatives where appropriate.

3. To inform and educate people about prescribed medication, health and wellness by exploring relevant topics and having suitable guest speakers.

Who is the Group for?
Adults who are currently taking antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sedatives and either want to taper off, are currently tapering off or have successfully tapered off, but are still experiencing withdrawal effects.

We do not require that people are referred to us by a prescriber, but ask people to inform their prescriber of any changes to their medication and health.

What does it cost the client?

We do not make any charge.  Clients can make a donation if they wish.

Who is organising the group?

The group is being run by Stuart Bryan and Sue Irwin, who both have personal experience of involuntary dependency and withdrawal difficulties from prescribed psychotropic medication.  Both have also worked in local mental health services.

How does the Group help people?

The group provides a safe, supportive atmosphere where people can discuss the problems caused by prescribed medication dependency and withdrawal.  The group will draw on both established and the latest research from experts in the field of prescribed psychotropic medication dependency and withdrawal, paying particular attention to the safest tapering method of gradual reduction.  Coping methods and alternatives to prescribed medication will be explored.  The group is peer led and not run by medically qualified people, so participants will always be encouraged to further discuss any health concerns with appropriate professionals.

When and where is the Group held?

The group starts on October 9th and will run fortnightly between 7.15 to 8.45 pm at Worcester Quakers Meeting House Friends, 1 Sansome Walk, Worcester, WR1 1UG.

Contact Stuart Bryan for further info’.

Contact name:
Stuart Bryan

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