Any positive stories about Benzo tapering?

Posted by sears @sears, Nov 9, 2019

Would love to hear some positive stories from people whom have tapered off benzos. Positive only please. Give me some hope. No horror stories! I need some encouragement!

@jimk849

Update. I was able to jump off altogether on Easter Sunday. Tapering and exercise did work very well for me. I had a bunch of small pieces of xanax cut up and ready to keep tapering but I was feeling so good with no bad effects I decided to give a jump-off a try and just did it and have felt just fine every day. I realize I started from a pretty low dose but it was for over twenty years. I pray for everyone looking to quit and I wish all who post and read here the very very best. You can do it be patient and don't take giant steps.

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Congratulations! I know you are so relieved!

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Way to go, @jimk849 !! That is great news to hear. I am glad you didn't have any major side effects. How's the exercise going?

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Thank you. The exercise is going great, the gym is closed for covid 19 it's going to be awhile in Illinois. I have a treadmill in the house I still do a lot of mins sometimes my legs get pretty tired and I take a few days off to recoop and get started again it keeps my BP in good shape. I also have a rescued dog from Hurricane Harvey and my wife and I take her out for a mile walk each day weather permitting on top of the bathroom breaks. At my age now it's use it or lose it so I'm trying to keep moving so I can have a good long retirement hopefully. Since the gym is closed I'm also trying to do some planks and push-ups to work upper body but that is uphill but gaining a little ground, that too is slow and steady, it seems that's a good approach to many things. At my age I'm finally learning to be patient it never was my strong suit. Good luck to all who read on this thread.

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@jimk849

Update. I was able to jump off altogether on Easter Sunday. Tapering and exercise did work very well for me. I had a bunch of small pieces of xanax cut up and ready to keep tapering but I was feeling so good with no bad effects I decided to give a jump-off a try and just did it and have felt just fine every day. I realize I started from a pretty low dose but it was for over twenty years. I pray for everyone looking to quit and I wish all who post and read here the very very best. You can do it be patient and don't take giant steps.

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What dose were you on and how long did you taper?

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@sears

What dose were you on and how long did you taper?

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I was on about 1.5 mg to occasionally 2mg per day for well over 20 years never got up there, had random drug testing where i worked and that probably was a blessing as far as going up the ladder. I'm thinking I started tapering sometime in Jan. this year and didn't take any thing on Easter Sunday and haven't since. I think tapering slowly not taking big cuts to derail yourself and as much exercise as you can safely tolerate helps a lot also gave up diet coke for lent and drank near a gallon of water a day and although I'm drinking diet coke again nothing like the amount I drank before I just don't crave it like I did before. Good luck to all on their own personal journey

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