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09 February 2020 10:50

Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson suffers year of 'absolute hell' and needs emergency treatment for drug addiction that forced him to withdraw from public life, daughter says

Jordan Peterson's daughter says the controversial Toronto author and professor is recovering from a dependency to benzodiazepine in Russia. Mikhaila Peterson says in an online video statement that her father had been prescribed the medication for anxiety and that his dose increased after his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April. Jordan Peterson has been forced to pursue "emergency" drug detox treatment in Russia after getting hooked on highly addictive psychoactive anti-anxiety drugs, his daughter has said. Peterson's daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, said his physical dependence on benzodiazepine tranquilisers first became clear to his family last April when his wife of 30 years, Tammy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. World news in pictures 1/50 7 February 2020 A Palestinian demonstrator hurls stones at Israeli forces as tires burn near the Israeli barrier during a protest against the US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, in the village of Bilin, West Bank Reuters 2/50 6 February 2020 Two people were killed and dozens injured when a train derailed outside the city of Lodi in Italy AFP via Getty 3/50 5 February 2020 Health teams and fire brigade crews surround a passenger plane which split into three pieces after it skidded off the runway at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey Anadolu Agency via Getty 4/50 4 February 2020 Sri Lanka's military march with national flags during the 72nd independence day ceremony, in Colombo Reuters 5/50 3 February 2020 Refugees and migrants confront riot police during a demonstration outside the Kara Tepe camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 3, 2020 Reuters 6/50 2 February 2020 An Iraqi demonstrator sits amid burning tires blocking a road during ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq Reuters 7/50 1 February 2020 Horses panic as a spot fire runs through the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie near Canberra, Australia.

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The daughter and her husband took Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto who has long battled depression, to Moscow last month; he was diagnosed with pneumonia and put into an induced coma for eight days, according to the National Post. The controversial psychology professor and self-help book author has been battling an addiction to tranquillisers for years, his daughter Mikhaila Peterson has said. Peterson, 57, left an intensive care unit in a Russian hospital last week, after receiving treatment for his addiction to benzodiazepine, an anti-anxiety medication. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Mr Peterson's daughter Mikhaila said he has been suffering from a physical dependency on the drug for eight months, which he was prescribed for anxiety. Mr Peterson initially went onto benzodiazepine when he had an "extremely severe autoimmune reaction to food", she said, with the dosage being raised after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.