Author Topic: Challis' Success  (Read 37286 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Challis' Success
« Reply #230 on: October 19, 2019, 06:34:52 am »
After 31 years, I'm two months free today. I took my last dose April 7th, 2012.  April 8th, Easter, was my first day benzo-free in more than half my life.  I pushed my taper a little fast at the end to have it end on Easter, the day of rebirth.

I've never looked back nor been tempted to take another.  Life is brighter, the future is clear and clean, and I welcome it with open heart and open arms.

In a nutshell, benzodiazepines seemed to work for me for many years, starting with one Temazepam for sleep, then two.  When life hit me upside the head with tragedy, Xanax got me through for awhile.  It became a problem as tolerance set in.  I decided to end its power over my body.

I tapered for nine months.  It went relatively okay and I was functional until the end.  The end was brutal.  But thanks to this forum and all of you, I got through it.

At two months out I'm doing very well.  I have a little sound and light sensitivity, but it's diminishing.  I'm a bit weak physically.  I've logged a major amount of couch time, which would weaken anyone.  That's not withdrawal, just the result of laying around doing nothing except typing.  I'm working on it.

If I'm out and about for more than a few hours, I get a bit jittery and want to go home.  CNS is fragile, I know that's all it is and it will heal eventually.  I'm not a bit worried.  It all makes perfect sense. 

Thanks to this forum and thanks to all of you, I understand and I have no fear.

Love,
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Congrats to my friend, [...], who is also two months benzo-free today.  And to Lizzy and Jane and [...] and [...], who are right behind us in their own freedom...love you, girlies!

Black eye rim, when does head symptom disappear?
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[Buddie]

Re: Challis' Success
« Reply #231 on: October 25, 2019, 02:35:08 am »
Sounds like a relatively problem-free withdrawal.
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[Buddie]

Re: Challis' Success
« Reply #232 on: October 25, 2019, 03:01:48 am »
Sounds like a relatively problem-free withdrawal.

Doesn’t it? That was two months out.  It never got better than that for another 16 months or so. If you read through the thread you’ll see updates about the lack of progress over time. At 18 months it began to look up.

I only briefly had extreme symptoms like some here have suffered, during the three days I c/t’d  from .25mg. Once I reinstated it was miserably  doable.
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[Buddie]

Re: Challis' Success
« Reply #233 on: January 28, 2020, 05:31:04 pm »
So good to hear a success story. Thank you for sharing
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