which nootropics would benefit the brain to recover from pharmaceuticals especially benzo's, im finding my short term memory is suffering quite badly lately (i take benzos twice a week to alleviate chronic pain, its the only drug that completely removes the pain, better than any opiate but benzo's are horribly addictive)
Brahmi and Gingko is a popular stack, sometimes with phosphatidylserine included - brahmi has neurospecific antioxidants which reduce neuro inflammation and improve cerebral circulation. Phosphatidylserine facilitates neurogenesis, growth of new brain cells. You can even include some maca powder for increased cell turnover to speed things up.
CoQ10 and pycnogenol is also a powerful combination for improved attention, lowered anxiety and increased energy - CoQ10 optimized mitochondrial functioning and improves energy levels and endurance. Pycnogenol reduces inflammation and promotes healthy circulation and production of collagen.
Rhodiola is another great one for anxiety and memory. It can also improve eyesight.
Something else you might want to consider is ensuring your micronutrient reserves are well stocked. Some common deficiencies include magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
Even people who eat meat can be deficient in B12 because the quality of most meat is compromised and not what it used to be.
If you want to try optimizing your micronutrient levels, I recommend finding an organic and preferably active or reduced form for improved absorption.