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!

So glad to hear you’re doing so well! I know exercise really helps. Thanks for the advice. Keep us posted. It’s stories like yours we’re all wanting to hear!

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@sears

So glad to hear you’re doing so well! I know exercise really helps. Thanks for the advice. Keep us posted. It’s stories like yours we’re all wanting to hear!

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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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@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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@serinitynow

I have been tapering off diazepam for months now. This is not my first time trying, but this time I've learned from previous shortcomings. My plan was to try and trick my body to not notice the change. This means slow and steady. So for example, if I was a custom to taking 20mg a day. Week 1 I would go down to 19mg(this can be challenging depending on how easy it is to divide the pills). Every week I removed another mg from my daily regime. It took 5 months! But by reducing the amounts so slowly I think it helped my body and mind adapt without having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. It's really important that you do not cheat and tell yourself that you deserve a bit more because you've had a rough day. Stay strong, focused and proud of yourself for doing the right thing for your health and family. For extra support, I did start incorporating CBD oil and I believe it did help me and I still take it daily.

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Hi Serenity
As of Feb 2021 how are you doing now? I have been on Xanax for 30 years and have tapered from 3 mg to 1 mg in 7 weeks. It’s very painful but I feel I am making progress. I know going from 1mg to 0 will be very soul searching and take several months. I have started on CBD oil and it seems to help. I really liked your post from 2019 and was encouraging. I would love to hear on an update if you are still online.

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@yellowmoon

Hi Serenity
As of Feb 2021 how are you doing now? I have been on Xanax for 30 years and have tapered from 3 mg to 1 mg in 7 weeks. It’s very painful but I feel I am making progress. I know going from 1mg to 0 will be very soul searching and take several months. I have started on CBD oil and it seems to help. I really liked your post from 2019 and was encouraging. I would love to hear on an update if you are still online.

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SERENITY This sounds like an extremely fast taper. Tapering is not a race. It’s getting yourself off these meds as easily as possible with no long lasting side effects. Don’t rush this process.

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I am 80 and over the past year have tapered off 3 meds-one at a time (lorazepam, clonazepam and fluoxetine in that order). My family doctor allowed me to do it at my own pace and I just kept reducing the amounts and spacing the doses as much as I could. A pill cutter was helpful. The only thing was not sleeping as well as I used to but other wise it has gone well. I had been on those meds forever.

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@ainsleigh

I am 80 and over the past year have tapered off 3 meds-one at a time (lorazepam, clonazepam and fluoxetine in that order). My family doctor allowed me to do it at my own pace and I just kept reducing the amounts and spacing the doses as much as I could. A pill cutter was helpful. The only thing was not sleeping as well as I used to but other wise it has gone well. I had been on those meds forever.

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I have been on similar meds for several years to manage my anxiety and depression. How are you managing the condition for which you were taking those meds or do you no longer need them.

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