Author Topic: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!  (Read 22571 times)

[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2017, 12:52:59 pm »
You give hope.
Thank you.

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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2017, 06:42:27 pm »
Amazing story and heartbreaking at the same time.
How did you survive? Did you have family close by or did you live alone? You must of had horrid sxs!  When you would end up going back on, was it Ativan or Valium?

I have so many questions popping into my head. I have been on benzos for 30 years, Xanax but recently placed on K and wanting desperately to get of. I thought because I am now 57 years old, it would be extremely difficult but you have given me hope. I will talk to my Nurse Practitioner about Mirtazipine/ Remeron as sleep has more recently become an issue for me.

Thank you so much for posting this! I wish I could somehow bookmark it for inspiration.
Wishing you a wonderful life of freedom !!!

Sorry I haven't replied sooner, only just come across the replies -- I didn't have anyone close by so I was alone in all of this!  When I had to go back on it was Diazepam (Valium) -- thank you for your kind words and I wish you all the best  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #42 on: June 15, 2017, 06:44:35 pm »
Dear Susie, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story.  It will be 2 years for me in June. I've not shared my story yet (just to horrifying).

Don't you wish we had Google back in the day?!!! Anyway Heart Felt Wishes To You :smitten:

Thank you so much -- yes, Google would have been good  :smitten: -- all the very best to you  :tickedoff:
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2017, 06:45:33 pm »
You give hope.
Thank you.

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Bless you  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2017, 06:01:52 am »
Amazing story and heartbreaking at the same time.
How did you survive? Did you have family close by or did you live alone? You must of had horrid sxs!  When you would end up going back on, was it Ativan or Valium?

I have so many questions popping into my head. I have been on benzos for 30 years, Xanax but recently placed on K and wanting desperately to get of. I thought because I am now 57 years old, it would be extremely difficult but you have given me hope. I will talk to my Nurse Practitioner about Mirtazipine/ Remeron as sleep has more recently become an issue for me.

Thank you so much for posting this! I wish I could somehow bookmark it for inspiration.
Wishing you a wonderful life of freedom !!!

Sorry I haven't replied sooner, only just come across the replies -- I didn't have anyone close by so I was alone in all of this!  When I had to go back on it was Diazepam (Valium) -- thank you for your kind words and I wish you all the best  :smitten:
Hi Susie and Mellow  :hug: I'm 57 as well, no children and also am all alone , have an upstairs neighbour from hell, continual stress outside my control  and  the only person that calls to my home is the food  delivery guy once a week.  And no one ever rings or texts to see how I am its been that way for years as I was also Over 10 year's in unbeknown severe tolerance withdrawal on my prescribed dose. I don't buy into it happening when your tapering and have to hold that's just plain withdrawal symptoms continuing.  My taper has been  3 year's of continuous hell on top and I had to updose as a matter of survival and am holding as I'm still very unstable and symptomatic.

Anyway Susie, I'd like to say thank you so much for posting the above  :hug: your the ONLY person that I've seen write a success story that went thought it alone, everyone else makes a big point of having at least one person you can rely on to help you thorough this. How its essential to have your family and friends there all the way, unfortunately for many of us that's not a choice we have through no fault of our own, Benzos have cost so many of us everything. And it make me feel even worse when I see people continuously listing 'Surround yourself with family and friends"" as a big point towards recovery but you've done it solo so it proves that that's not the case at all.  Thank you again  :hug:




Love [...] xxx :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2017, 04:21:20 pm »
Thanks for your testimony, very inspiring after watching all the YouTube horror stories.
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #46 on: June 16, 2017, 04:28:08 pm »
Ah, [...], I'd recommend Success Stories over Youtube horror stories any day! Stick with the good news stories like this wonderful one.  :)
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2017, 09:32:01 pm »
Amazing story and heartbreaking at the same time.
How did you survive? Did you have family close by or did you live alone? You must of had horrid sxs!  When you would end up going back on, was it Ativan or Valium?

I have so many questions popping into my head. I have been on benzos for 30 years, Xanax but recently placed on K and wanting desperately to get of. I thought because I am now 57 years old, it would be extremely difficult but you have given me hope. I will talk to my Nurse Practitioner about Mirtazipine/ Remeron as sleep has more recently become an issue for me.

Thank you so much for posting this! I wish I could somehow bookmark it for inspiration.
Wishing you a wonderful life of freedom !!!

Sorry I haven't replied sooner, only just come across the replies -- I didn't have anyone close by so I was alone in all of this!  When I had to go back on it was Diazepam (Valium) -- thank you for your kind words and I wish you all the best  :smitten:
Hi Susie and Mellow  :hug: I'm 57 as well, no children and also am all alone , have an upstairs neighbour from hell, continual stress outside my control  and  the only person that calls to my home is the food  delivery guy once a week.  And no one ever rings or texts to see how I am its been that way for years as I was also Over 10 year's in unbeknown severe tolerance withdrawal on my prescribed dose. I don't buy into it happening when your tapering and have to hold that's just plain withdrawal symptoms continuing.  My taper has been  3 year's of continuous hell on top and I had to updose as a matter of survival and am holding as I'm still very unstable and symptomatic.

Anyway Susie, I'd like to say thank you so much for posting the above  :hug: your the ONLY person that I've seen write a success story that went thought it alone, everyone else makes a big point of having at least one person you can rely on to help you thorough this. How its essential to have your family and friends there all the way, unfortunately for many of us that's not a choice we have through no fault of our own, Benzos have cost so many of us everything. And it make me feel even worse when I see people continuously listing 'Surround yourself with family and friends"" as a big point towards recovery but you've done it solo so it proves that that's not the case at all.  Thank you again  :hug:




Love [...] xxx :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:

Well [...], I don't think anyone who hasn't been through this horror could understand for one moment exactly what we have been through so really it was inconsequential and mattered little that I had to go through it alone!  It's a difficult and lonely path that we tread but you will succeed and come out of it at the end of the day -- so stick with your plan, take each day as it comes and one day you will be free forever and feel well again.   I send you my very sincere best wishes for your recovery and better life in the future.  The secret for me was to hold after each cut until I felt well enough to push on to the next stage and it really doesn't matter how long that is so long as you get there in the end :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #48 on: July 13, 2017, 09:42:28 pm »
Thank you for sharing and giving hope to those of us still struggling.
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[Buddie]

Re: My Story: 50 Years on Benzos - Now FREE!
« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2017, 12:27:26 pm »
Hi Susie: Your story is so inspirational and always ceases to amaze your journey to freedom. I would like to ask you, if you don't mind, I assume you also had to wean off the Mirtazapine, correct? Was it hard to come off it? How do you handle sleep and depression now? I ask because I am going through a rough spot in my tapering right now with depression and insomnia. I have never taken antidepressants in my life, and I hope I won't have to resort to one; but at this point, I wonder if it would be beneficial. I have taken Ativan for 18 months only, but still coming off of it's kicking my butt. This is my second attempt.
Wish you continue healing. You are a true warrior and give us so much hope!
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