In the episode, "A Chat with Emma Hames and Rev Heather Elizabeth on Benzo Withdrawal and Recovery in the Film 'Playing with Life: The Soundtrack' (S3, E10)," Emma and Heather share how they both were affected by the same benzodiazepine psychiatric drug prescriptions, and both turned to sound healing, nature and creativity to rebuild their lives. The two formed a strong bond and came together to co-produce the film “Playing with Life: The Soundtrack.” In tandem with the film, they are producing an NFT collection called Cassette Monkeys in order to create community and funding for the production.
In America alone, 120 million people are currently on the class of medication known as benzodiazepines, which is highlighted in the film, along with how holistic healing can be achieved without drugs and with better alternatives. As the Western biomedical paradigm regarding mental illnesses is a global problem, Emma and Heather believe in supporting health sovereignty while we prepare for change.
Emma Hames is an artist, songwriter, musician, and filmmaker currently living in the UK. At University she studied Environmental Science, later taught English and Art in a Cambodian orphanage, studied climate change in Malaysian rainforests, and even lived on her own 23' sailing boat for a year, which connected her to the natural world and gave her the freedom to explore her creativity. She later went onto Tour as a saxophonist and musician in several bands throughout Europe.
In 2012 she was prescribed Bromazepam abroad after going a year with undiagnosed asthma and reduced lung capacity, which led to anxiety, following doctors' orders as prescribed for 4 years, and without knowing the risks she cold-turkey-ed the drug which caused Protracted Benzodiazepine Withdrawal. She decided to challenge herself with writing the soundtrack for the film as part of her recovery, and explore the role of creativity in healing. Check out Emma's website at: https://www.emmahames.com/ or follow her on Twitter: @emjadehames or IG: @emjadehames.
Rev Heather Elizabeth is an artist, healer, and savant, and considers herself an interdimensional woman of faith. She was diagnosed with several psychiatric disorders as a teen while dealing with anorexia nervosa and childhood sexual trauma, and was prescribed the highest doses of pharmaceutical meds well into her 20s. She is still micro tapering off diazepam after well over 5 years of dedicated tapering.
She devotes her professional pursuits to mental health and overall wellness through the use of functional wellness and health coaching, using breathwork and nature as a main modality of transformative healing. She also believes the use of psychedelics--specifically magic mushrooms--can help in a transformative and therapeutic way towards more compassionate healing. She is currently writing her second book related to her own mental health journey. Follow Heather on Twitter: @RevHeatherEli or IG: @revheatherelizabeth.
And follow the film at: https://www.thesoundtrackfilm.com/.
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