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[Buddie]

Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:53:15 pm »
Hello,

It's been a very long time since I quit benzos. In December, it will be 7 years. I wanted to pop in and give an update and some encouragement.

First of all, YOU CAN DO THIS. It's so hard, but you can do it. It took me almost 8 years to taper from 4 mg Klonopin. But here I am. Benzo free with nearly all the effects far in the past.

I was given Xanax in 1994 for anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. I was managing them fine at the time, but was in nursing school and thought maybe there was a better way to manage. There wasn't. It was a devastating mistake on my part. The first time I took a Xanax, I got in a head on collision with another car after I ran a stop light I just didn't see. I stayed on long enough that I had crippling anxiety when I tried to go off.

Long story short, my life fell apart entirely. I became totally housebound agoraphobic for years and years. There were actually times I counted how long it had been since I was out of my house in the number of years. I started tapering in early 2003. I finally finished 8 years later. I made a lot of mistakes, but even without those it would have taken at least a good few years to get off. In the end, I was water titrating. It was SO hard. I never gave up, even though I went back up and then down again. I'm SO happy to be off them.

Today, I work full time, write and am a published author and photographer, travel regularly, and cannot remember the last time I spent even one entire day at home. I still have anxiety and even agoraphobia, and probably always will. But I manage those conditions through diet (gluten free & vegan) and exercise (lots and lots). I take no medication at all and feel better today than ever in most regards.

I worry about cognitive damage, and get online to take IQ and memory tests every so often. I don't seem to have any significant last effects, although I do think I'm slightly less quick and my short term memory isn't quite as good. But it's not significant.

I started benzos just before my 30th birthday. I finally got off them at 47. i wasted my youth on this poison. It's the biggest regret of my entire life. I hope this never happens to anyone else.

Now, at 54. I'm healthy, happy, super busy, and looking forward to lots of good things in my life. My sister died suddenly a couple years ago, and it was devastating, but I survived and then recovered ... totally without drugs. Good vegan food, plenty of water, and lots of yoga/cardio/strength training are my drugs.

There IS life after benzos and it's awesome. Whoever you are, I wish you all the best.

Much love and healing ... YOU can do it.  :thumbsup:
S
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[Buddie]

Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 10:06:10 pm »
Awesome post! So glad to come across stories like this one. I've been at this for over 4.5 years since jumping off my last dose and thinking the symptoms won't end (particularly during waves). I am getting closer though, I can feel it deep within. The whole agoraphobia ordeal drags me down and makes me feel so alone. I know it will pass in time. Thanks for coming back and giving some of us "old-timers" a reminder that this will end sometime. 8) Enjoy your freedom!!
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2018, 03:47:36 am »
This is a wonderful story of resilience, persistence, and never-ending patience and belief in the future and in yourself. CONGRATULATIONS!!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
May you live long and free!!!  :smitten:
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2018, 04:21:52 pm »
Agoraphobia is one of my biggest problems. Much worse since my setback in Nov. 2016 anyhow.
Maybe this thread should be moved into "Success Stories"...?
Whatever, I'm bumping it anyway.
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2018, 06:08:51 pm »
Hello,

It's been a very long time since I quit benzos. In December, it will be 7 years. I wanted to pop in and give an update and some encouragement.

First of all, YOU CAN DO THIS. It's so hard, but you can do it. It took me almost 8 years to taper from 4 mg Klonopin. But here I am. Benzo free with nearly all the effects far in the past.

I was given Xanax in 1994 for anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. I was managing them fine at the time, but was in nursing school and thought maybe there was a better way to manage. There wasn't. It was a devastating mistake on my part. The first time I took a Xanax, I got in a head on collision with another car after I ran a stop light I just didn't see. I stayed on long enough that I had crippling anxiety when I tried to go off.

Long story short, my life fell apart entirely. I became totally housebound agoraphobic for years and years. There were actually times I counted how long it had been since I was out of my house in the number of years. I started tapering in early 2003. I finally finished 8 years later. I made a lot of mistakes, but even without those it would have taken at least a good few years to get off. In the end, I was water titrating. It was SO hard. I never gave up, even though I went back up and then down again. I'm SO happy to be off them.

Today, I work full time, write and am a published author and photographer, travel regularly, and cannot remember the last time I spent even one entire day at home. I still have anxiety and even agoraphobia, and probably always will. But I manage those conditions through diet (gluten free & vegan) and exercise (lots and lots). I take no medication at all and feel better today than ever in most regards.

I worry about cognitive damage, and get online to take IQ and memory tests every so often. I don't seem to have any significant last effects, although I do think I'm slightly less quick and my short term memory isn't quite as good. But it's not significant.

I started benzos just before my 30th birthday. I finally got off them at 47. i wasted my youth on this poison. It's the biggest regret of my entire life. I hope this never happens to anyone else.

Now, at 54. I'm healthy, happy, super busy, and looking forward to lots of good things in my life. My sister died suddenly a couple years ago, and it was devastating, but I survived and then recovered ... totally without drugs. Good vegan food, plenty of water, and lots of yoga/cardio/strength training are my drugs.

There IS life after benzos and it's awesome. Whoever you are, I wish you all the best.

Much love and healing ... YOU can do it.  :thumbsup:
S

THANK YOU !!! From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU! you donít know how much it means to hear someone who had panic, anxiety and agoraphobia come back with a happy story. Iím 52 and been on mostly since 1993. I feel no hope for my life.

 Most of the success stories seem to be from people who had nsomnia or muscle spasms or non mental health issues ( which Iím not in any way lessening the impact of) itís just wonderful to see someone with a story that started like mine.  Iím so sorry for the loss of your sister. I am very close to mine.

All the best !
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 09:14:17 pm »
This is a wonderful success story...thank you!!
 I think there are many of us who take a long while to heal...but we do!

With gratitude,
[...] :smitten:
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 09:31:36 pm »
Agoraphobia is one of my biggest problems. Much worse since my setback in Nov. 2016 anyhow.
Maybe this thread should be moved into "Success Stories"...?
Whatever, I'm bumping it anyway.

 :) This is a good idea.
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2018, 09:37:13 pm »
I missed this one.  Terrific story!  :thumbsup: :smitten:
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2018, 11:37:17 pm »
Thanks so much for sharing your experience.  I am 47 years old and just about to finish my taper.  Your post has given me so much hope.   :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:
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Re: Long Term Success-7 years off Klonopin and Life is Wonderful
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2018, 04:59:25 am »
Thanks so much for sharing your experience.  I am 47 years old and just about to finish my taper.  Your post has given me so much hope.   :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:

[...] you tapered by .001 ..... thatís what Iím doing....how are you doing since last dose ever ?
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