Author Topic: What's the right type of help to seek?  (Read 413 times)

[Buddie]

What's the right type of help to seek?
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:35:41 pm »
Well, today I finally hit a point where I've admitted to myself that I am going to need to take some medical leave from work. I've talked to my boss, and the wheels are in motion.

The anxiety and depression have gotten so bad that I feel like I am also in need for some very extensive therapeutic mental help. I've started considering maybe even doing an inpatient program somewhere, but I don't know what type a facility to call. I have called a few that claim to be "Mental Health Centers" of some sort, but the second I mention benzos, they start talking about how they will "safely detox me". I'm also afraid that any facility will just try to medicate me further.

I just know I need help, but it's so hard to find the right kind of help with benzos. I'm in therapy, but that's just not cutting it. Any pointers on where I should turn?
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2019, 12:45:43 am »
Bump

... I do not wanna do a detox center, but there’s one that has almost talked me into it, though. I feel like I need some sort of AD or something to help me through this. Where should I go for help??!
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2019, 02:11:47 am »
I can't answer your question specifically but i think a detox centre could cause you more harm than good. It may be ok if they allow you to continue your taper on your terms and monitor you if you start an AD but most want to drag you off in a week. The one you mention might be different but idk, it's still a risk imo. I understand you saying you need other help, at 22 months off I'm sick of this horror show but be careful, be armed with knowledge and ask lots of questions.
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 04:16:39 am »
Hey,
I would go to a doctor that is "Benzo" friendly. They are out there.  There is a list out there somewhere of some.

I would not do detox center. I went there. Pumped me full of librium and a week after I got out... horrible withdrawal symptoms.
However, it did get me OFF the Xanax.  Now on Klonopin down to .50.    However, being in a detox facility eliminated all the stressors
in my life.  What are you taking, how much etc?
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2019, 04:53:58 pm »
Talked to a few detox centers this morning, and they all told me that if I continue my taper on my own terms and don't do a detox there, then it's not covered by insurance  >:( . They all say that they don't know of any facilities around that focus on mental health only. It seems so ridiculous. They say to ask for help when you're desperate, but I am frantically asking for help, and nobody can help me.

I am definitely armed with knowledge and questions, too much so. Everything I read on here scares the shit out of me even more. I need to just stay off of here, but I just can't seem to.

I'm taking Klonopin... .25mg/day. Debating a switch to Valium, but I'm scared.
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2019, 06:53:27 pm »
Talked to a few detox centers this morning, and they all told me that if I continue my taper on my own terms and don't do a detox there, then it's not covered by insurance  >:( . They all say that they don't know of any facilities around that focus on mental health only. It seems so ridiculous. They say to ask for help when you're desperate, but I am frantically asking for help, and nobody can help me.

I am definitely armed with knowledge and questions, too much so. Everything I read on here scares the shit out of me even more. I need to just stay off of here, but I just can't seem to.

I'm taking Klonopin... .25mg/day. Debating a switch to Valium, but I'm scared.

Sweetie.. try and calm the fear a bit.   Fear makes logic flee the building.  :)   Deep breaths, darlin'.

Look at what you already know.   The detox centers can't help you mainly because they can't treat you for the length of time that you may require while dealing with withdrawals.   I'm unfamiliar with the medical systems where you are but are there no therapists that can treat you outside in an office setting?   For specific mental issues only?   While you continue with your taper on your own?

Or is your question mainly about switching benzos?   I'm a bit confused.  Sorry.
Libs 
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2019, 07:29:35 pm »
Sweetie.. try and calm the fear a bit.   Fear makes logic flee the building.  :)   Deep breaths, darlin'.

Look at what you already know.   The detox centers can't help you mainly because they can't treat you for the length of time that you may require while dealing with withdrawals.   I'm unfamiliar with the medical systems where you are but are there no therapists that can treat you outside in an office setting?   For specific mental issues only?   While you continue with your taper on your own?

Or is your question mainly about switching benzos?   I'm a bit confused.  Sorry.
Libs

Tryin' to calm down, haha. But it is hard. It's been a real tough couple of weeks.

Sorry, I just listed which med I was on as an answer to Nomorebenzos question. But if you wanna weigh in on if I should attempt a crossover to Diazepam, feel free!

Yes, I've tried 3 different therapists (I'm on my 3rd now), but none of them get benzo withdrawals or adverse effects at all. They all try to dig deep into my life. My life is fine, but it's the benzos that are ruining it. I need to figure out how to cope with the mental symptoms, or find an anti-depressant or something that will help me.

Feeling a bit better at the moment, though... so that's good.
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2019, 07:57:09 pm »
Sweetie.. try and calm the fear a bit.   Fear makes logic flee the building.  :)   Deep breaths, darlin'.

Look at what you already know.   The detox centers can't help you mainly because they can't treat you for the length of time that you may require while dealing with withdrawals.   I'm unfamiliar with the medical systems where you are but are there no therapists that can treat you outside in an office setting?   For specific mental issues only?   While you continue with your taper on your own?

Or is your question mainly about switching benzos?   I'm a bit confused.  Sorry.
Libs

Tryin' to calm down, haha. But it is hard. It's been a real tough couple of weeks.

Sorry, I just listed which med I was on as an answer to Nomorebenzos question. But if you wanna weigh in on if I should attempt a crossover to Diazepam, feel free!

Yes, I've tried 3 different therapists (I'm on my 3rd now), but none of them get benzo withdrawals or adverse effects at all. They all try to dig deep into my life. My life is fine, but it's the benzos that are ruining it. I need to figure out how to cope with the mental symptoms, or find an anti-depressant or something that will help me.

Feeling a bit better at the moment, though... so that's good.

AHH!   Got it!   Okay, I can't help you about the cross to diazepam because I have no personal experience with that, sorry.  You are correct, though, nobody can understand this as well as someone who has been thru it.   If you are in a large enough city ... there IS a therapist who has been thru this.   The statistical data on users would say so.   It's a matter of finding that person or finding someone who has enough clients with similar issues to understand.   Since we aren't even classified as a group, yet, in terms of long term withdrawal issues this may take some time.  but my GUESS is that it would be more helpful.   Make some phone calls, lovie.   Keep trying to find someone.

Libs
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2019, 01:38:11 pm »
I'm also having difficulty finding a doctor who knows much about benzos.
I would think a psychiatrist would be the likeliest choice?
I'm currently seeing a therapist at an outpatient drug dependency clinic and it's nice to have the support, but he deals almost entirely with alcohol or opioids and has no experience with benzos, and is also unable to prescribe.
I am trying to get a referral to a psychiatrist.
Best of luck to you.
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[Buddie]

Re: What's the right type of help to seek?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 05:40:40 am »
What in particular are you guys hoping for with psychiatrists / facilities etc?
More pharmaceuticals? More opinions?
IMHO all the tools you need are buried in the posts on this forum and inside of yourselves.
There is no magic solution.
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