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Emily Cook, LCSW
The Benzodiazepine Crisis: Challenges for 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.
1. Identify types of benzodiazepines and the reasons they are prescribed.
2. Recognize the risks associated with benzodiazepines and sleep medications.
3. Provide guidance in assisting patients who are working with their benzodiazepine prescriber.
4. Discuss how to recognize benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and techniques in how to counsel people experiencing withdrawal.
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. Since graduating, she has primarily been counseling people with drug and alcohol use disorders of all ages employing a harm reduction philosophy in her practice.
Following the opioid epidemic, she became concerned with the increase in benzodiazepine prescriptions and assists people who are endeavoring to get off of them. She has presented at the National Association of Social Workers and Rutgers University School of Alcohol and Drug Use on the subject of benzodiazepine use disorder and withdrawal. She presented at last year’s Pain and Addiction Summit. She lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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