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Author of "Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness"

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Death Grip chronicles a top climber's near-fatal struggle with anxiety and depression, and his nightmarish journey through the dangerous world of prescription drugs. Matt Samet lived to climb, and craved the challenge, risk, and exhilaration of conquering sheer rock faces around the United States and internationally. But Samet's depression, compounded by the extreme diet and fitness practices of climbers, led him to seek professional help. He entered the murky, inescapable world of psychiatric medicine, where he developed a dangerous addiction to prescribed medications—primarily "benzos," or benzodiazepines—that landed him in institutions and nearly killed him.

With dramatic storytelling, persuasive research data, and searing honesty, Samet reveals the hidden epidemic of benzo addiction, which some have suggested can be harder to quit than heroin. Millions of adults and teenagers are prescribed these drugs, but few understand how addictive they are—and how dangerous long-term usage can be, even when prescribed by doctors.

After a difficult struggle with addiction, Samet slowly makes his way to a life in recovery through perseverance and a deep love of rock climbing. Conveying both the exhilaration of climbing in the wilderness and the utter madness of addiction, Death Grip is a powerful and revelatory memoir.

Samet also served as the editor of Climbing Magazine and is now the editor at Pocket Outdoor Media. He has been an avid climber since the mid-1980s, and is the author of the Climbing Dictionary and The Crag Survival Handbook. He enjoys early-morning MoonBoard sessions, spending time with his family, and scoping for new routes in his backyard of the Flatirons, Colorado.

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Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness

Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness

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  • Beauty in the Breakdown

    What happens when a rock climber, gripped by the natural high of his sport, gets hooked on powerful prescription tranquilizers that help him beat back the fear and anxiety?

  • Listen to an Interview With Climbing Editor Matt Samet on the ReddyYeti Podcast

    For decades Climbing Magazine has delivered some exceptionally captivating stories, reporting, reviews, and features keeping us entertained and connected with the climbing world but, have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of all those captivating headlines? For current editor-in-chief Matt Samet, his introduction to Climbing Magazine was a mix of great timing and the drive to...

  • "Death Grip" author Matt Samet talks climbing, addiction, drugs - The ...

    Veteran Colorado climber Matt Samet, former editor in chief of Climbing magazine, was at the top of his form as an athlete when his avocation was sidelined, ...

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Matt Samet

Author of "Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness"

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Matt Samet Biography

Death Grip chronicles a top climber's near-fatal struggle with anxiety and depression, and his nightmarish journey through the dangerous world of prescription drugs. Matt Samet lived to climb, and craved the challenge, risk, and exhilaration of conquering sheer rock faces around the United States and internationally. But Samet's depression, compounded by the extreme diet and fitness practices of climbers, led him to seek professional help. He entered the murky, inescapable world of psychiatric medicine, where he developed a dangerous addiction to prescribed medications—primarily "benzos," or benzodiazepines—that landed him in institutions and nearly killed him.

With dramatic storytelling, persuasive research data, and searing honesty, Samet reveals the hidden epidemic of benzo addiction, which some have suggested can be harder to quit than heroin. Millions of adults and teenagers are prescribed these drugs, but few understand how addictive they are—and how dangerous long-term usage can be, even when prescribed by doctors.

After a difficult struggle with addiction, Samet slowly makes his way to a life in recovery through perseverance and a deep love of rock climbing. Conveying both the exhilaration of climbing in the wilderness and the utter madness of addiction, Death Grip is a powerful and revelatory memoir.

Samet also served as the editor of Climbing Magazine and is now the editor at Pocket Outdoor Media. He has been an avid climber since the mid-1980s, and is the author of the Climbing Dictionary and The Crag Survival Handbook. He enjoys early-morning MoonBoard sessions, spending time with his family, and scoping for new routes in his backyard of the Flatirons, Colorado.

Matt Samet Videos

  • Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
    Rock climber, author, and Mad in America Blogger Matt Samet discusses his experience becoming addicted to, and subsequently coming off of,...

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  • How much does it cost to book Matt Samet?

    Booking fees for Matt Samet, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Matt Samet, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Matt Samet?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Matt Samet for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Matt Samet for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Matt Samet or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Matt Samet or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Matt Samet is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Matt Samet for your event is available upon request. Matt Samet generally travels from Boulder, CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Vic Strecher, Ph.D. MPH, Joe Pantoliano, Alan Hobson, John Amatt and Stacy Allison. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Matt Samet for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Matt Samet Speaker Videos

  • Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
    Rock climber, author, and Mad in America Blogger Matt Samet discusses his experience becoming addicted to, and subsequently coming off of, benzodiazepines.

Matt Samet News

  • Beauty in the Breakdown

    What happens when a rock climber, gripped by the natural high of his sport, gets hooked on powerful prescription tranquilizers that help him beat back the fear and anxiety?

  • Listen to an Interview With Climbing Editor Matt Samet on the ReddyYeti Podcast

    For decades Climbing Magazine has delivered some exceptionally captivating stories, reporting, reviews, and features keeping us entertained and connected with the climbing world but, have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of all those captivating headlines? For current editor-in-chief Matt Samet, his introduction to Climbing Magazine was a mix of great timing and the drive to...

  • "Death Grip" author Matt Samet talks climbing, addiction, drugs - The ...

    Veteran Colorado climber Matt Samet, former editor in chief of Climbing magazine, was at the top of his form as an athlete when his avocation was sidelined, ...

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