Author Topic: 2 year odyssey is over  (Read 1472 times)

[Buddie]

2 year odyssey is over
« on: March 21, 2022, 05:15:39 pm »
It has taken 2 years but (fingers crossed) I feel like I am finally back to normal. I sleep well, have no pain (other than normal for my age) and can have a few drinks without ill effects. I never believed it would take this long despite reading all the stories here. I even foolishly posted, after being off benzos for the requisite period to post a success story, that I was free. And I was free of the drug, but not the damage. I'll leave it to others to explain what happens to your brain, but I can't think of any other explanation for the experience than brain damage. I have seen so many specialists, and even a psychiatrist, trying to explain the daily morning pain and muscle fasciculations I've experienced over the last 2 years. Only one had an explanation that made sense - he said it sounds like you've had some brain trauma and brain injuries can take a very long time to heal. Looking back I can see the progress. Things did get incrementally better - just at a glacial pace. I left no stone unturned but, in the end, time was the healer. Toward the end, when things were definitely getting better, I tried for about 2 months CBD Oil and legal (here in the States) Delta 8 cannabis (a much mellower experience that regular cannabis). It did seem to me this sped up the healing but I would not be confident enough in that to say it as a fact.

It still boggles my mind how easily these drugs are prescribed. The psychiatrist I was referred to (after my doctor ran out of explanations) even tried to get me back on the benzos (which I emphatically refused). I see the drugs referenced in pop culture like they are no worse than weed or alcohol. I'm not going to say the drugs have no place in medicine but there most certainly needs to be more awareness of what kind of damage these drugs can exact on the brain in a short amount of time.

If you are starting your journey.... be kind to yourself, try to stay as active and involved in life as you can (it helps), stay positive and just realize that noticeable improvement may be measured in months, not weeks or days.
 
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[Buddie]

Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2022, 06:32:14 pm »
Congrats mate..... Go live and don't look back

All the best
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[Buddie]

Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2022, 09:21:20 pm »
Thanks for sharing your uplifting success story and may you now go and enjoy a life of good health, happiness, and the joy in living a normal life!!!!!

GG
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[Buddie]

Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2022, 09:32:56 pm »
Very happy for you Seemam! It is so hopeful to see someone feel like they are normal again after 2 years.  Agree the pace of improvement is GLACIAL!  Also agree that it is helpful to just get on with life as best we can.  I am doing just that, and because I overdo physical activity in the attempt to live a normal life, I find I bring on waves.  But as much as that is so annoying, I think it is helping to teach my brain and CNS where I want to be.  Go live your best life!!!!!
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Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2022, 09:42:15 pm »
I'm happy to hear you made it Seeman3, welcome to the other side!  Thank you for writing your story and for letting people know that time is the most important piece of the recovery process.  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2022, 01:10:58 pm »
Seeman this is so refreshing to see another buddy healed. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey. It definitely brings hope for those of us still recovering. I知 21 months now. Just like you, it took a very long time for significant improvements but waiting it out is the best way to go. It is very glacial as you said but a welcomed occurrence. I知 looking forward to my healing. Hopefully I will take huge leaps in my recovery very soon.
Enjoy your new found health. Have fun!
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Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2022, 01:29:58 pm »
Huge congratulations to you and thank you so much for coming back to report the good news to those of us still working toward the goal of writing our own stories. That was very kind of you.

Enjoy your life!
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Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2022, 03:19:31 pm »
Congratulation from me as well! Thank you for taking the time to write your Success Story, members really need to hear about healing.

I wish you all the best in your benzo free life!

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Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2022, 01:47:35 pm »
Congratulations Seeman!  Thank you for sharing.  I知 1 month post jumping and though I知 doing well your story makes me wonder if some of my various other afflictions might be due to benzo damage and might improve over time. I知 happy for you. 
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Re: 2 year odyssey is over
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2022, 02:24:03 pm »
Congratulations on your recovery!  Your perspective on how the brain heals and the time it needs is good to hear. Sounds like it takes as long as it takes but as we feel better along the way, we don't have to feel stuck-we can do things that support the incremental healing. 
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