Popular author and intellectual Jordan Peterson has spent a harrowing number of weeks trying to detox from a physical dependence on the benzodiazepine clonazepam and has had a severe "paradoxical" reaction to the drug, made worse when trying to remove it, which gives him "endless irresistible restlessness bordering on panic and inability to sit still" and "made him suicidal," his daughter, Mikhaila, revealed in a video update Friday.
"Finally, dad is on the mend, even though there is a lot of physiological damage he needs to recover from," she said.
Clonazepam, brand-name Klonopin, is a benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. In 2016 it was the 42nd most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 18 million prescriptions. It can be highly addictive.
Mikhaila claims that Peterson took the medication as prescribed, and that the doctors do not believe he is suffering from psychological addiction, but "physical dependence due to brain changes."
She said they sought emergency treatment in Russia after multiple attempts to detox at American clinics failed.
Mikhaila said Peterson is now off the drug and slowly getting better. "We are extremely lucky and grateful that he's alive," she said.