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Emily Cook, LCSW

9:15-10:15 AM

The Coming Benzodiazepine Crisis:  The Role of Behavioral Healthcare Workers

Emily J. Cook is a licensed clinical social worker who earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania with a clinical practice track.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to identify types of benzodiazepines and the reasons they are prescribed.

2. Participants will learn about the risks associated with benzodiazepines and sleep medications.

3. Participants will be provided guidance in assisting patients who are working with their benzodiazepine prescriber.

4. Participants will learn how to recognize benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and techniques in how to counsel people experiencing withdrawal.

Biography continued...

Since graduating in 1998, she has been counseling those with drug and alcohol use disorders of all ages and employs a harm reduction philosophy in her practice. Following the opioid epidemic, she became concerned with the emerging crisis of benzodiazepine dependence and the suffering of people who are endeavoring to get off of them.  She has presented at Rutgers University School of Alcohol and Drug Use on the subject of benzodiazepine use disorder and withdrawal.  


She has a personal background in international adoption and issues concerning adopted children ultimately earning the Adoption Certificate from Rutgers University.  After moving from New Jersey, she took a hiatus to raise her son and presently lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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