Any positive stories about Benzo tapering? I need hope

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!

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@leah09

I have been with the same Doctor for over 30 years and he knows how I have suffered with OCD/GAD/Depression for the long term. He even said to me while I was in his Office that when he looks up Anxiety in the manual he sees my name there. At the present moment, I am in a state of Depression. Some of it is seasonal, some of it is family-related problems and the rest of it is my mental health issues. Leah09

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I understand. You just need to hope he outlives you. Finding a new doctor to prescribe Benzos for life will not be an easy task. That’s all I was trying to say. It’s something to think about. God bless.

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@sears

I understand. You just need to hope he outlives you. Finding a new doctor to prescribe Benzos for life will not be an easy task. That’s all I was trying to say. It’s something to think about. God bless.

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My next Doctor appointment with the same physician who prescribed me to be on Klonopin (Clonazepam) is in early March. I think it would be a good discussion for me to bring this up about possible tapering in case I lose him as my PCP. Thank You and God Bless You too. Leah09

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Let us know what your doctors says.

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@sears

Let us know what your doctors says.

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My Doctor appointment isn't until early March 2022. Until then I must remain on the two 0.5 tablets of Clonazepam I take at breakfast each morning to "keep the excess static down" in my brain. I suffer tremendous intrusive unwanted thoughts that disturb me and cause anxiety. This began when I was 9 years old and I am now age 62. Leah09

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I hear ya. Most of us on this thread are in the same boat. We’re all dealing with anxiety, depression and how to deal with it. You’ve got plenty of company here!

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@sears

I hear ya. Most of us on this thread are in the same boat. We’re all dealing with anxiety, depression and how to deal with it. You’ve got plenty of company here!

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That is what I have been struggling with for years and years. OCD included. I've been on Clonazepam 0.5 mg tablets consistently for the past 6 years and see no hope to tapering now since trying to slowly taper in the past caused noticeable side effects and I relapsed. Went back on it
I am sorry to sound so negative but this has been my dilemma w/Benzo.
Leah09

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@sears, @leah09– Greetings friends. It's been awhile since I posted, but thought I would chime in on this thread.
I have been on 1 mg of Clonazapam for well over 35 years. It seems like it "softens out any bumpy roads" for me and I've never felt a need to increase my dosage nor do I sense any real side effects unless I miss a dose (take mine 1st thing in the morning) and usually by 11:00 if I miss I'm feeling like missing my caffeine fix.
In several past posts I've mentioned different techniques I've used to reclaim my life from the severe anxieity and panic attacks I was dealing with. At first having my wife next to me while driving or flying helped a lot. Simple (maybe just for me) taking a half a pill with me (just in case) whether I was driving over the dreaded bridge, flying on a plane or even driving on a 3-4 lane freeway, knowing I had that little bit of security seemed enough for me. I may have taken that extra 1/2 a pill a few times, but over time just the added confidence of doing these things again helped tremendously in overcoming them. It's never compleately great, but reclaiming my life from where I was has been Wonderful! Now being retired from running my own construction company for just over 40 years life has given me far less stress! Although still as I age (today I turn 70) other stresses can invade as I deal with some health issues, but I feel very blessed to have a very supporting wife and 3 adult children that love their Dad!
Hope this Positive story helps you!
Jim @thankful

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@thankful

@sears, @leah09– Greetings friends. It's been awhile since I posted, but thought I would chime in on this thread.
I have been on 1 mg of Clonazapam for well over 35 years. It seems like it "softens out any bumpy roads" for me and I've never felt a need to increase my dosage nor do I sense any real side effects unless I miss a dose (take mine 1st thing in the morning) and usually by 11:00 if I miss I'm feeling like missing my caffeine fix.
In several past posts I've mentioned different techniques I've used to reclaim my life from the severe anxieity and panic attacks I was dealing with. At first having my wife next to me while driving or flying helped a lot. Simple (maybe just for me) taking a half a pill with me (just in case) whether I was driving over the dreaded bridge, flying on a plane or even driving on a 3-4 lane freeway, knowing I had that little bit of security seemed enough for me. I may have taken that extra 1/2 a pill a few times, but over time just the added confidence of doing these things again helped tremendously in overcoming them. It's never compleately great, but reclaiming my life from where I was has been Wonderful! Now being retired from running my own construction company for just over 40 years life has given me far less stress! Although still as I age (today I turn 70) other stresses can invade as I deal with some health issues, but I feel very blessed to have a very supporting wife and 3 adult children that love their Dad!
Hope this Positive story helps you!
Jim @thankful

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That is just wonderful how you handled that. If I could get over some hurdles in my own life, like feeling guilty all the time for taking Benzo for anxiety every day I'd be a better person. Congrat's to you! Leah09

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@leah09

That is what I have been struggling with for years and years. OCD included. I've been on Clonazepam 0.5 mg tablets consistently for the past 6 years and see no hope to tapering now since trying to slowly taper in the past caused noticeable side effects and I relapsed. Went back on it
I am sorry to sound so negative but this has been my dilemma w/Benzo.
Leah09

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Benzos are a dilemma. That’s why there are so many forums on the internet addressing this issue. If the doctors knew what they were doing there would be no need for Connect and others. We all try to help each other the best we can. Sad state of affairs.

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@leah09

That is just wonderful how you handled that. If I could get over some hurdles in my own life, like feeling guilty all the time for taking Benzo for anxiety every day I'd be a better person. Congrat's to you! Leah09

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Please don’t feel guilty! There is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. You’re doing all you can do in this place and time.

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@sears

Please don’t feel guilty! There is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. You’re doing all you can do in this place and time.

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The problem I am now experiencing being on Clonazepam for the past 5 years, going on 6 years, is memory impairment and a "dull" feeling since it works on the GABA receptors in the brain. Clonazepam does very little to stop my OCD but it does indeed "curb" the daily GAD I encounter. The reason I feel so "guilty" is because of my religious beliefs. I struggle with physical dependence upon this Benzo and that's what makes me feel so guilty. My Doctor appointment is coming up in March. Leah09

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@leah09

The problem I am now experiencing being on Clonazepam for the past 5 years, going on 6 years, is memory impairment and a "dull" feeling since it works on the GABA receptors in the brain. Clonazepam does very little to stop my OCD but it does indeed "curb" the daily GAD I encounter. The reason I feel so "guilty" is because of my religious beliefs. I struggle with physical dependence upon this Benzo and that's what makes me feel so guilty. My Doctor appointment is coming up in March. Leah09

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I’m sure you’re doing the best you can. It will all work out sooner or later.

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