Author Topic: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!  (Read 5947 times)

[Buddie]

SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:17:00 pm »
I've already posted several comments and suddenly I realized that today marks sixth months that I have been off benzos!

All in all, I'm doing pretty well. I was in a wave over the weekend but it began to fade about noon yesterday and I remember watching TV with my wife last night and thinking how "normal" I felt.

I woke up in kind of a [...], but it's slowly clearing up and I'm getting sweatshirts and stuff together for my morning walk.

I know a lot of people seem to be doing really bad at six months, but I'd say that I'm about 50-60 percent of the way to where I want to get. I think that by 10 to 12 months I should be "mostly healed." (If I'm not, well, I'll deal with it then...) I am comfortable going out and doing things in public, driving, etc. I'm still a bit uncomfortable in social situations, but I think I've always been like that.

The craving for Valium has long since gone away. I foolishly dealt with anxiety for a while by drinking shots of bourbon, but it's been a week since the last time I had any alcohol and I notice that I do feel more clear-headed without the booze. I have rare d/p and d/r, but nothing so severe as during my first two months. The main lingering symptoms are the ever-present "brain buzz" and my cognitive functioning [...] isn't quite up to par, yet.

Overall, I was hoping I'd be doing better by six months, but seeing what others are going through I guess I was overly optimistic. I'd say I'm doing "better than average" overall, but I am still dealing with waves that hit for 2-3 days and then fade, only to be followed by ever more clear windows.

Life is good. Not great, but it's good. I'm really glad I did that c/t back on May 26. It's been a tough journey at times, but it feels so good to be free of benzos now for half a year!
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2013, 02:37:49 pm »
Excellent !

So glad to hear your heading towards better days. I hope everyday things get better and better for you. Youve been through a hell of a journey .Now your heading towards healing :)

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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 04:10:00 pm »
i am happy for you [...] and i am sure you can count yoursel to be one of the
lucky ones. 50-60 percent at half a year off .......is real good news. congratulation. :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 04:13:11 pm »
50-60% at 6 months is excellent! Especially off a CT. I think you are going to be one of the people that heals very well and while not as quick as you hoped, still fast. That is great! Congrats on your progress!
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2013, 04:15:27 pm »
Congrats, [...]!  It should only get better now.

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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 04:22:10 pm »
Congrats [...]!  It sounds like you're doing really well. Good on ya for ditching the ethanol too. It's ok to have one or two once in a while according to Ashton, but don't depend on it.

That's impressive your craving is gone. It's still very intense for me still and is frustrating.

Stay positive and maybe you'll get a great Xmas gift this year!
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 04:36:35 pm »
Sounds like you are trucking right along [...], great! 50%+ must be a really nice place to hang out  :)

Hope the coming 6 months will get you the rest of the way to healed and on to REALLY enjoying life again.  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2013, 05:18:06 pm »
Awesome to hear [...]!  50-60% is pretty darn good! Indeed you will be back to normal before you know it!

Keep pushing, stay strong!


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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 06:10:26 pm »
Congrats [...] !!  I am happy for you and am not too far behind you !
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[Buddie]

Re: SIX MONTHS OFF TODAY!
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2013, 06:52:15 pm »
Congrats [...]!  You have reached the 6 month mark and should be so proud of yourself.  I still have 3 more months to go to get where you are at. 

Keep up the good work

Peace and Blessings
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