Author Topic: The Easier Taper Support Group  (Read 84725 times)

[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2016, 06:53:22 pm »
[...] if you've only been on for a few months at varied small doses there's no need to panic. Panic disorder is not fun...not fun at all but honestly maybe if you tried therapy to learn how to manage your attacks that would be great. I'd [...] go slow on the taper and try some therapy at the same time. You're so much better to avoid the benzos at least I think so. To me they are for short term use only (wish I'd known that years ago) or as a rescue Med for serious stress situations...only as needed. e.g perhaps flying if you are dreadfully horrified. Many with panic disorder overcome or control it with CBT or other therapies. Definately avoid the benzos...you are ahead of the game with them right now. Best to taper as soon as you can. You'll be fine. No horror stories from me. I have bad days, [...] days and good days. I [...] try to take them as they come. Don't forget to breathe! B
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2016, 11:00:45 pm »
Love these post gives me [...]  :)
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2016, 11:07:48 pm »
Speaking from my experience on this forum, people don't seem to post much unless they are having problems.  It's probably the nature of the beast and I guess if you aren't having problems, there's not much need to post.

I think people need to see the posts from people not having problems.

Good Luck [...] :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2016, 08:12:11 am »
Hi, I definitely agree that "Slow and Steady Wins the Race".  :thumbs: I've started a very slow taper using jewellery weighing scale since Nov of last year. I have a spine operation which made me very careful in tapering.  Yes, I do have withdrawal Sxs but they're mild and most would appear if I became so confident to eat on sugary foods and do activities and food that I feel my body cannot handle. I've learned that you [...] have to carefully listen and observe which works and which would not work for your body.

I keep in mind every single day that "wid sxs are [...] temporary" and that "All will be well".  Wid sxs are signs that our body is healing. We're almost there and one day, we'll get back to our old best self.  Hang on. With God's help, we will win this battle  :smitten:

kind regards,
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2016, 12:35:45 pm »
I think for rapid taper and cold turkey I've had a better experience than most on here. It was brutal  at points but I feel like I'm getting on my feet and I am not suffering anymore. I have symptoms for sure still and I feel like my mind is wiped but I'm [...] taking it slow and trying to learn to relive in this world again.
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2016, 01:00:07 pm »
one more story - i have gone from (15 mg [...] equivalent) to (2 mg [...] equivalent) in 5 months and expect to have the whole process complete in 6.5 months for so. this is after long term use. the most encouraging thing i can say is that the rate of full recovery seems to be high if you go slowly. while there is a lot of variability and unpredictability even in the best of tapers that i have experienced or read about, you can always be optimistic that tomorrow won't be that bad because that is true. and if it is, [...] work your way through it and [...] for the next good day. this process is amazingly successful. imagine how bad it is for people who are dependent but have received bad advice from their doctor and misinformation from the pharma companies and don't understand how to taper off these drugs. they are in a world of side effect and tolerance withdrawal hurt and are often clueless that it is the drug and have no idea how to solve their problems. simply but educating yourself as you already have, you are way ahead. now [...] start walking toward the finish line!
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2016, 04:07:31 pm »
My K taper went so easily that I didn't have any s/x or post ones. Now my [...] taper is equally easy as well. Slow and steady wins the race.
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2016, 04:14:40 pm »
I'm 8 days into my first taper period (down .125mg of Klono) and aside from a little anxiety that I'm causing myself, I'm [...] fine. I know your feeling. I expected doom and I've got a long road ahead, but I've read some stories where people had a really hard time with their first drop and that's not me at all. Know that symptoms are possible, but also know that when people do things with no bad effects, they don't feel the need to post about it in general.

I [...] to be one of those, but I will post, because I want people to see when this is all over that it doesn't all have to be bad. If it is, that's okay. To each their own and I feel terrible for those having a hard time.

Words that someone shared with me which helped me gain the courage to do it, "You're probably gonna feel a little yucky. Expect yucky. Don't expect the worst."
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2016, 06:44:36 pm »
Why is it that anytime a thread starts asking for some positive thoughts, it stops....dead in it's track!  I can not be the only one not having a problem!

Thanks [...] K for responding.  I didn't start the thread but I think it is one that is needed.  There needs to be some sort of offset for the newbies, so they don't get scared out of their mind.

Ha ha I'd like to know why when I post on threads, whether positive or negative, I get ignored. It's not my imagination. [...] I finally started my mt but I read a LOT on here back in 2013 when I tried to taper myself and got very sick. So I went through the OMG and all that, reading hellish things people have gone through. Here's some stuff I got which helped:

1) Realize that the folks on BB are here because they are sensitive for the most part; there are many people out there who come off fairly easily (this includes people who are drinking, (which I've found from my job) that they don't notice the benzo w/d). Not to say this is an easy drug to stop; it's a monster.

2) Try not to spend too much time on here reading horror stories. Your path will be your own. Read enough to learn and to get help. For some people, posting support for others is helpful.

This is the most scattered forum I've ever seen. I expect it's due to cog fog. I relate. You might have to bump your thread to get replies. BTW for me my mt is going very well, it's been almost a month and based on past experience I would have felt something by now. .5 mg drop per month is my starting taper. Someone posted on here about too much sugar or doing too much. I recently found that a dietary change helped so much, even having been a pretty healthy eater I discovered that a change to the right food and elimination of sugar made me feel so much better. I use the blood type diet and wow, it's like having the wind at my back for the taper. Anyway I know I'm not myself but I'm a veteran of that, having the disease of alcoholism and doing the recovery.

Surprised to see there was a support group. Too bad the people are not supportive.  :D Take care, HM
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[Buddie]

Re: has anyone at all had an easy taper??
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2016, 08:49:12 pm »
I am not going to say easy but at the same time not as hellish as some. I did have a couple of really bad days a couple of weeks ago but that was my fault (big cut) and I will try not to make that mistake again.
My typical 14 or so day cycle is,
make a cut followed by
couple of good days
7 or so days where I feel like I have a bad cold, and morning anxiety.
2 or 3 days where things get not so nice including insomnia, loud tinnitus and anxiety
back to a few good days then cut again and start the cycle over.
Looking at the above and thinking about it the only time I feel like not doing anything at all is the 2 or 3 days every couple of weeks when I don't sleep and the tinnitus is very loud, apart from those I can go out for diner or the movies, shopping and a host of other things including day trips to the mountains or boat rides to see fireworks on 4th July.
All in all its bearable.
The thing that is hard is getting your head around the fact that a taper can take from a few months to best part of a year.
I am getting impatient at the moment and need to settle down as I have [...] gone to 0.195mg of klonopin per day from 0.5mg in 3 1/2 months, down 61%.

I wish everyone well and a easy and safe trip off of these drugs.
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