Crisis Help


If you or someone else is in a life threatening crisis, there is help.

In the U.S., contacting immediate emergency help would be dialing 911

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If you or someone else may be having thoughts of suicide, there are, in addition to immediate emergency help, help hotlines available in the U.S. and Internationally:

In the U.S.: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline :: 1-800-273-8255

International: http://suicidehotlines.com/international.html (this website compiles a list of International suicide help hotlines if you’re not from the U.S.)

32 responses

  1. If you are at your Wits End call W**** *** ***** Rehab
    As a women living in long term recovery – drug free for decades, I want to thank Stacy Wilks for her hard work and courage in creating this effort to raise awareness about benzos and the real deal with the use. We believe in gradual detox over time in a protected environment, outdoor gentle exercise, tasty health building diet changes, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, 12-step, low stimuli atmosphere, and talk therapy. You WILL feel happy and natural again.
    Hold on to this image and call for help now ***-***-**** Google my name
    L****** W****

    • Ms. Witte, please be advised that Stacy Wilks knows little to nothing about the true nature of benzodiazepine withdrawal, that is it an iatrogenic illness and NOT an addiction issue, and the benzo community at large is NOT in support of her or her organization. She has repeatedly refused to respond to our questions, or address our concerns about her “awareness raising”. Unless your ‘rehab’ includes a very slow taper for people trying to come off benzodiazepines, and the knowledge of what benzos actually do in the body, you cannot help us.

    • Hi Lorianne,
      I had to remove your contact information as the posting guidelines for this blog does not permit the endorsement of commercial products or services. Additionally, this blog’s Mission Statement is with regard to iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependency.

      Please see the Disclaimer and Posting Guidelines pages (links provided below) for more information. Thank you!
      http://benzowithdrawalsyndrome.wordpress.com/posting-rules-and-guidelines/
      http://benzowithdrawalsyndrome.wordpress.com/disclaimer/

  2. Hi I thought you might remove my contact info, I understand. Is it ok to say Google my name? Loriann W****. I have been talking to Stacy and want to support her efforts. So I am interacting. I have gotten a response all ready today. The Benzo community is in disagreement with her page. I feel I need to gather information to know how to help and form my opinion. I am a believer in long term gradual step down detox plus holistic interventions and talk therapy. One of Stacy’s points is last brain chemistry damage after benzo withdrawal. I tend to agree that a minds may be forever changed by drug use and withdrawal.

    • Loriann,

      I have visited your website. From reading it, I understand that you do not operate a detox facility, but you provide referrals to detox facilities for drug and alcohol addicts. Your website states that your business “offers professional intervention services & expert referrals to state-licensed detox facilities…”

      According to Professor Heather Ashton who studied the benzo withdrawal syndrome for over a decade, detoxification facilities are not suited to people who are dependent on benzodiazepines in the absence of a severe psychological addiction or other significant separate problem. People dependent on benzos often get labeled as addicts when they just take the drug to keep themselves out of withdrawal (chemical dependency). This is outlined in Chapter II of a book written by a Neuropsychopharmacologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychpharmacology in the U.K., Professor C. Heather Ashton, called “Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw” and more formally known as the Ashton Manual.

      The Professor states in Chapter II of the book, here, http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzcha02.htm
      that “It may be possible to enter a hospital or special centre for “detoxification”. Such an approach usually involves a fairly rapid withdrawal, is medically “safe” and may provide psychological support. Such centres may be suitable for a small minority of people with difficult psychological problems. However, they often remove the control of withdrawal from the patient and setbacks on returning home are common, largely because there has been no time to build up alternative living skills. Slow withdrawal in your own environment allows time for physical and psychological adjustments, permits you to continue with your normal life, to tailor your withdrawal to your own lifestyle, and to build up alternative strategies for living without benzodiazepines.”

      Additionally, and with regard to the U.S., I know of no insurance company that would cover an inpatient stay for any longer than a few weeks to a month for purposes of a benzodiazepine taper, and most benzodiazepine tapers can last for several months when a taper (under doctor’s supervision, of course) is carried out at home.

      This is the general approach that the benzodiazepine dependent and withdrawal community typically takes when trying to recover, both physically and mentally, from the physical assault that this type of drug does to the brain and Central Nervous System after long term use.

      Regarding Free Speech, I have never altered your words, and it is against my own policies to do such a thing. I removed and/or censored only your personal information and any links, telephone numbers, websites, etc. that may redirect any of my readers or less informed people to your detox referral services, which in my opinion, do not apply here. Many people end up here after being cold turkeyed or rapidly detoxed in a facility that just dumped them out onto the street when their bank account or insurance coverage ran out.

      This is also where the terms addiction versus dependency can become confusing and too often stigmatizes benzo dependent people who are not even psychologically addicted to benzodiazepines. For example, yeah, my doctor hooked me on benzos without my even knowing they were addicting; I have a withdrawal syndrome upon discontinuation of them or during tapering– but this does not necessarily make me an addict. I do not abuse my RX, do not exceed my RX dose, do not recreationally “use” it or seek a high from it. This is what the community has been trying to communicate to Ms. Wilks while we get treated like a bunch of junkies. Most of us didn’t ask for this drug– it was given to us for a health problem in most cases, and we took it. As prescribed. We can become dependent on it and that is a problem when trying to discontinue. Evidently Ms. Wilks isn’t getting the message.

      I took it, prescribed, out of desperation during an adverse reaction to a simple birth control pill. I didn’t obtain it or take it illicitly yet I get treated like a junkie after I become dependent on it and struggle with a withdrawal syndrome as I come off? The drug makes me sick with side effects and hinders my innate coping mechanisms. It’s a doctor prescribed illness. I desire to come off it and am tapering off of it while my body craves more of it. I already know this drug is not doing me any favors. I don’t need a fancy phone book like you to direct me to some expensive detox who will probably rapidly rip me off my meds, drain my insurance and then dump me out on the street seizing when the money runs out. I think this applies to many of us in the support groups you may have been referred to. Did Stacy refer you here to seek out “clients?” I’d love to know.

      In the majority of cases a slow taper can be carried out safely in the comfort of our own homes under the supervision of a cooperating physician and/or therapists, etc. This is between the patient and their doctor.

      The informed benzo dependent patient typically is already aware that they are dependent on benzodiazepines and they typically already desire to discontinue use if they are not already aware and then become aware. People who are sickened by the drug often have to become their own advocate and find this out the hard way by doing their own research. It is what I did, and if I hadn’t, I may have ended up rapidly taken off my benzodiazepine in some kind of detox facility and that could have made me sick for a very long time– or worse, it could have killed me. Rapid discontinuation of benzodiazepines can be fatal.

      To make a long story short, detox referral service advertisements are not permitted here, and that is why I have removed your contact information.

      • I understand not allowing contact info in comments other than gravatar which is the appropriate contact method.
        I stand in agreement with your statement about insurance paid rehabs giving a short term detox up to a total of a 30 day stay and less time for a benzo withdrawal. Many families pay $20 to $30 thousand dollars and up in cash believing rehab will be their answer

        My company does detox referrals to benzo and opiate clients giving them the opportunity to get whatever acute care they can from their insurance company. The beginning detox is best done with a 24 hour nursing staff because of the life threatening nature of the withdrawal. The standard hospital withdrawal can be just too violent. We refer with an aftercare plan that includes going into sober living and private services after that expensive time in treatment. If possible we ask the doctor to do a slow titrate and release them to sober houses on a lower dose.
        This is not possible all of the time, some insurance companies insist they follow their prescribed protocol, and some docs don’t want any collaboration on their methods.
        It is still for the best to people to be medically stabilized and cleared before they get into out patient services. Th
        We believe and educate those we get to talk to about the serious need for a gradual long term step down in combination with health, holistics, support, and talk therapy. Sober living runs between $1200 to $2000 a month. You can often continue to see doctor, therapist, and some holistic services on your insurance as an out patient. Some people can stay in sober living and some people have to be home. We do case management and sober coaching for low fees of $800 and up a month. Of course, indigents who have to rely on public services don’t have access to this, but many people do. My husband and I are older and into an ever more meaningful part of our careers. Doctors have even told my husband he is terminally ill. (We do not accept this as the moral compass by which we navigate our lives or our work) We are at effort to comfort people who are caught up in substance use that is impacting their lives or the lives of people around them in a negative way. My big message is we all need dignity and respect. The semantics is not the point. If a person is addicted or dependent is a personal statement. The goal is to become healthy, comfortable, full of self love and respect for others. It is a long way down once the drugs have become a disruptive issue. Half life, and the time it takes to rebuild brain chemistry and coping skills must be allowed for respectfully or the person is likely to become depressed, paniced, and give up. I do believe in intervention as a tool to allow the loved one’s to express a desire to help, sometimes people are embarrassed or just mind altered and in a state of denial or fear.

        • Loriann,

          Most everything you mentioned (with the exception of a cold turkey detox, 24 hour nursing staff during the rapid discontinuation phase, and a glorified half-way house, etc.) can be accomplished at home, on an outpatient basis, with a cooperating physician. No half-way house necessary to live a “sober” life. Releasing patients on a low dose– isn’t even accomplishing the goal of getting “clean.” (And I hate that term, as getting “clean” applies to junkies. Most of us are not junkies, we were prescribed a medication by a doctor which happens to be addictive).

          Tapering benzos under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional at home has worked for many–just ask anyone here who’s done it. I’m doing it, hundreds of others are too. You do not need to be the “upper middle class” or rich to safely taper off of benzodiazepines. A cold turkey or rapid detox of benzodiazepines is NOT recommended due to the risk of developing acute and long-term complications as a result– this is also mentioned in the book I referred to above (“Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw, by Professor C. Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP {U.K.})

          Any future comments advertising your services will not be approved here. I’m sorry.

        • Loriann,

          Are you completely obtuse? Did you read ANYTHING anyone else posted here? You do not know what you are talking about. The naivete and arrogance of people such as yourself are EXACTLY what we have been fighting against all these years. You could be the poster child for benzo ignorance. Putting benzo people in rehab and detoxing them in the manner you describe is the cause of indescribable suffering. It is ABSOLUTELY the WRONG way to do this. You are a professional. Consider yourself informed. I am not asking you to take my word for it. There are countless people in the healthcare profession who will tell you the same thing we have. People whose credentials and experience in this matter far outweigh yours. Look into it on your own. I gave you all the information you need to check this out for yourself. You have now been told, as well as given the links to the proper information. If you continue to knowingly put benzo people through the kind of dangerous and completely unnecessary torturous withdrawal you are advocating, without informing them of the safer alternative presented to you here today, consider yourself liable.

          • “indigents who have to rely on public services”
            Wow.
            This Loriann woman is obviously a money hungry snake profiting from stupid rich people who think their money will give them an edge in benzo withdrawal.
            Good luck with that Witte

  3. Give me whatever sites you have, facebook, blog, whatever and I will read and post. I am a long term drug and alcohol issues professional and writer, for whatever that is worth. I also have a personal benzo history. I am clean 25 years
    You have an opinion and a theory. The women who contacted me and the “benzo community” are maybe over reacting. I would also like to have access to their written information.
    I do not see how Stacey’s personal expression can be a threat.
    As of yet, I don’t have enough information to have an opinion of my own about the nature of the cause one way or another.
    But I do support free speech no matter if the theory is popularly held or not.
    I see a labor intensive effort in putting up this web site & coming out with her own personal beliefs and experience.
    Loriann W**** Google my name to see more about me. I am searching google for both of these passionate women’s names. I am very interested as I am sure many other thousands of people will be.

    • Ms. Witte,

      You really need to realize that Stacy does not have enough knowledge to do what she claims to be attempting to do here. She is simply spreading the misconceptions about benzodiazepine “addiction” and withdrawal that have stigmatized us for decades. Many in our community have repeatedly contacted her regarding these errors and she has shown no interest whatsoever in finding out whether or not our claims are valid. She has repeatedly refused to address them. Surely you must see that this behavior is at least questionable. The head of a non-profit organization refuses to dialogue with the very people she claims to represent? People who have been in the trenches on this issue for over a decade? Does this not scream to you that something is not right here?

      Here is a woman who claims she wants to do some good for a group of people, she even goes so far as to start a non-profit organization in order to do this, yet when the people she claims she wants to help protest and ask her to please stop until she is better educated in this subject, she IGNORES them and plows forward like a bull in a china shop with no regard for the damage she is doing?

      And for the record, her “personal expression” is a threat, because she is putting out the very misinformation we have been fighting against for years. If she were doing her job properly, you and I would not even be communicating right now because you would have been informed by her with the correct information. But she doesn’t have it. Iatrogenic illness caused by benzodiazepines is not a THEORY, and the fact that you believe it is, is proof that you know nothing about it. The fact that you say you are ‘clean’ from benzo use, (unless you were deliberately abusing them by doctor shopping or getting them on the street), also shows you are woefully misinformed. That term is not relevant in benzo. It does not apply.

      As to us overreacting, again, this belief shows you are clueless about what our experience has been and what we know about this subject. Stacy has been in our community less than 6 months. You have been here 5 minutes. Who in the hell do you think you are to come in here and tell us we are wrong or that we are overreacting?

      If you want to learn the truth, go to:

      http://www.benzo.org.uk

      and read everything on there. EVERYTHING. On every page. Read this entire blog, Read The Ashton Manual. Read The Benzo Book, by Jack Hobson-Dupont, a link here:

      http://www.thebenzobook.com/benzo/pdfs/the-benzo-book13.pdf

      Read everything by Bliss Johns, of Recovery Road Wellness, (Google it) Read anything by Joan Gadsby, Read ‘The Accidental Addict’.

      Until then, you do not have enough information to form an opinion, and neither does Stacy. Stacy’s own husband has stated his intent to continue to use Klonopin, but wants to represent US to the world..? This is a slap in the face to anyone who has suffered because of these drugs, and the fact that they don’t even seem to get even THAT much, speaks volumes.

      You say you support free speech? Well Stacy doesn’t. One is not even allowed to post on her website until they agree that her agency can edit their comments. So they can take anyone’s comments, leave the person’s name attached to them, yet change them around any way they want to. Does this seem like free speech to you, Ms. Witte? I think not.

      After a great deal of research, the majority of us feel that Stacy and her husband are nothing more than opportunists trying to take advantage of an untapped market. The fact that they refuse to respond publicly or privately to our concerns and questions only reinforces this belief. A third party has claimed that Stacy and her husband want to have a dialogue with us, but this has as yet to materialize.

      Given the fact that they have been given ample opportunity already to address our concerns and continue to ignore them, I am not holding my breath.

  4. Loirann, the fact that you are even posting here, offering your BUSINESS services to a group of people you don’t even know anything about, seems to just add more onto the mountain of evidence that Stacy’s goal here is commerce, not awareness.

    • Will they be paid some sort of fee, or will you be making a ‘donation’ to their agency if they connect you with people who hire you? Or will they receive any form or compensation in any manner?

      • That is, of course none of your business. I am a for profit professional. A proud, productive capitalist living in America. I support my company and my family through my own contributions of work. I have no financial arrangements with this web site. But I work on the internet promoting my profession full time. I am a worker not a hobbyist.
        Money is a symbol of work, and I work for money. Proud of it.
        It makes me wonder who pays for your benzos and doctors, just wondering, none of my business. I know my tax dollars pay for many people’s prescriptions and their disabilities that result from long term addictive drug use. In so many cases I have also seen unhealthy pregnancies resulting in million dollar births paid by medi-cal.
        I am an older gal my health insurance is very expensive, I pay hard cash. I am being told social security that I have paid into since I started working at age 16, may or may not be there for my retirement.
        I am sure you have your reasons for being angry and attacking anyone who may threaten your right to use, but you know others may have their own reasons to disagree with your beliefs.
        I pay my taxes and I stand grateful to live in a first world country who tries not to let the sick, old, young, weak, or insane slip through the safety net.
        Maybe you are independently wealthy, still work, or do not live in America, and do not embrace capitalism. You say you represent a group of benzo people. After 20+ years working with the chronically ill, depressed, addictive drug use population (I work only with the middle class & up, people whose families work and can afford treatment) I see a debilitated sector of people who are so much better off, and less of a drain on their families and society if they make a conscious decision to stand up and take charge of their own health, rather than continue to explore the complication of their illnesses.
        I know very little about you or Stacy and you know very little about me.
        Let us interact respectfully and we both, no doubt have an interesting story to tell, exposing inside feeling from two very different sets of experience.
        Clean it up, Please. My suggestion to Stacy is to block you from comment because you have been too rude.

        • Rude? If you had any idea how positively incensed I am about this situation, you’d think I was downright cordial. Yes, I’m sure that Stacy Wilks or her agency will block everyone who tries to enlighten them in short order. They are not remotely interested in the truth. Who cares if they are wrong? Who cares if people suffer for it. As long as it brings in the money, right? Thank you for your post above. It shows your true colors. And hers.

          I’d wish you well, but I don’t think I could stomach it.

        • Loirann, we would like to know exactly what Stacy told you that brought you to this blog. We believe she is an opportunist looking for ways to make money off the benzo community. If this is not the case, then there is no reason for you not to tell us how you came to post here.

        • “”””It makes me wonder who pays for your benzos and doctors, just wondering, none of my business. I know my tax dollars pay for many people’s prescriptions and their disabilities that result from long term addictive drug use”

          “I am an older gal my health insurance is very expensive, I pay hard cash. I am being told social security that I have paid into since I started working at age 16, may or may not be there for my retirement.”””””

          I find the above comment very unprofessional, coming from a supposed professional. You called benzo victims drug addicts and economical leeches in the same paragraph you used to put yourself on a pedestal. By the way, millions and millions of fellow americans have been working and paying taxes since they were 16 (myself included), not just you. Your comment was completely uncalled for and proves exactly how unprofessional you really are. If you were a true professional, you wouldn’t be scavenging the internet for patients. Sadly I hate to inform you, you’re a bottom feeder, no better than ambulance chasers that call themselves attorneys. You want the money, but don’t want to do the reseach necessary to provide the help you claim you have to offer.

          • Hi Hope-Fiend,

            Thank you for pointing this out. It’s a tremendous smack in the face to not just people in benzo withdrawal, but also society in general.

            Unfortunately many people trained in “addictions”– their training sometimes does not include how to deal with a benzodiazepine dependency (or addiction for that matter). I’d ask Loriann for her credentials on benzodiazepines, but her disrespectful dialogue here already proved to me a high degree of unprofessionalism, in my opinion.

            Loriann continues to attempt to comment here, but I am no longer approving her comments, thankfully!

            Songs of Boon

  5. Hi Stacy,
    Good for you having your ducks in a row with 501 and your husband’s PhD but you know you don’t have to in order to have a theory you write about in a blog. You have done a lot of work to write your page – so that’s your business.

    I would expect your husband and now you know that people in active addiction are a tough crowd. I personally consider addiction any daily drug or alcohol use. Though others may disagree. My approach to benzos or pain pills is this… if a person is medically challenged due to an operation, injury or even trauma; if you use opiates or benzos for more than a couple of weeks you will become physically addicted.
    Medications that treat physical pain also treat emotional pain temporarily. Therein lies the psychological addiction. This temporary euphoria, gets tagged with survival salience. The mind begins to crave and recall this emotional relief long after the euphoria has seized to be a part of the high.
    Are my beliefs in line or in contrast with yours?
    I like healthy discussions and varying opinions regardless of people agreeing with my currently held opinions or not. I am open at the top and seek to grow and learn.
    Benzos, opiates and psych meds are what prescribing docs have to work with. Advice about diet, exercise, joining support groups, affirmations, and becoming grateful enough to live your life without the need for anesthesia has not yet become the prescription people want to receive.
    Standard operating procedure at this time is recognized as this., I pay my money to the Doc and they give me a prescription. Drugs are not the answer. Short term maybe, ‘weeks’ long term the medicine creates addition, mental and physical discord that may be worse than the original presenting problem.
    As evidenced by the growing number of people involved in daily benzo use mounting into decades of addiction, it would appear medical professionals do not educate the public regarding what to expect from extended use of addictive drug. I am lead to surmise that physicians may not understand the full impact of these prescriptions in the same light that addiction treatment professions see a multitude of people presenting in the throes of addiction and withdrawal.
    Of course their are people who must be medicated in order to be allowed to continue to remain in society. I have seen recovery and a healthy, mindful lifestyle, help them achieve a higher quality of life too. Their recovery also relieves the stress of the mental illness on public.
    iatrogenic illness

    • Loriann,

      Stacy does not write this blog. I do. And the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, and physical dependency on benzodiazepines is not a theory. It’s an actual health condition associated with benzodiazepines.

      Above in your response to Jeri, you mentioned that you are a “for-profit capitalist,” owning and operating a money making business. A review of your business indicates that it is basically a referral service, or middle-man between people and detox facilities.

      You also mentioned that you owe gratuitous compensation to Stacy Wilks, who is allegedly running a 501 non-profit organization about benzodiazepine addiction, and this raises questions about whether or not Stacy might be receiving monetary compensation from you. It is suspect to me that a for-profit, money making capitalist like yourself is associated with a non-profit organization run by Stacy Wilks and her co-founder, Paul Peloquin Sr. This blog does not represent addictions issues with benzodiazepines; it addresses a health problem– a physical dependency on a doctor prescribed drug associated with a severe withdrawal syndrome which can definitely look like an addiction problem. But further than that, none of what you’ve said here today is making any sense at this point, and in fact has become rather spammy; advertising of your money-making business.
      With this in mind I’m going to have to ask you to refrain from posting any further commentary to this blog.

      No further comments you post will be approved here.

      Best,
      Songs of Boon

    • And as to your comment about people in “active addiction” those are not the people who have contacted Stacy about RXBenzos. Both myself and another member of our community have each written two emails to Stacy with questions and concerns about her venture here and she has responded to neither of them. This is NOT how someone running on organization behaves. And for the record, we have both been off benzos, and any other drugs, for over a decade. I wouldn’t take a benzo or any other potentially dangerous substance if you gave me a million dollars. So I don’t really think the “active addiction” comment applies here.

      Why don’t you do some research. Click the links I gave you. There might actually be some information in the universe that you are not already aware of.

    • No. I write this blog. I have absolutely no affiliation with Stacy Wilks, or her organization. I co-administrate a Facebook benzo withdrawal support group, but I do not own it. You can click on my avatar picture in the upper right to this comment to find out more about me.

      Songs of Boon

  6. I guess Loriann is no longer around, so perhaps my effort will be wasted here, but I’d like to point out the immense and critical difference between addiction and benzodiazepine dependency.

    During the two and a half year period in which I tapered off Valium, I dutifully cut up my Valium tablets every Sunday night, carefully managing the ever-decreasing dosage. Like many people discontinuing benzodiazepine, I suffered a great deal: insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, depression, anhedonia, dysphoria, agoraphobia, muscle spasms, cognitive challenges, depersonalization & derealization, and constantly flowing adrenaline, among others. Those benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms even persisted for a long time after I had taken the last dose of Valium.

    It wasn’t until after I was off the drug and writing my book about my experience with benzodiazepine that I had a startling realization: during the entire time I was tapering off Valium, it never once occurred to me that I could temporarily relieve my suffering by simply ~taking more Valium~! At any moment during those awful years, I could’ve popped a couple of Valium tablets in my mouth and found blessed relief! Now, of course, that would’ve been a terrible idea, because it would have thrown off my entire taper and could potentially have caused me to prolong the ordeal almost indefinitely. Further, many benzo people have found —to their cost— that reinstating benzodiazepine can have nearly catastrophic results.

    But that’s not the point. The point is, I didn’t think about Valium, other than to take my carefully measured daily dose. That would be unimaginable to someone with a psychological addiction to a substance. An addict thinks about their drug-of-choice constantly, obsesses over it, and is always justifying the attempt to rationalize taking an additional amount of it. People with such a condition may well require an intervention if they are in denial about the nature of their problem, and require drug counselling to help them learn coping skills for getting “clean.” I’m certain there must be people who abuse benzo drugs to get high or for psychological escape—and sadly, a significant portion of them may well end up not only with an addiction AND a benzodiazepine dependency, heaven help them! But the overwhelming majority of benzo people struggle only with their iatrogenic dependency. For them, the services that Loriann advises are not merely inappropriate, they would be harmful.

    Used as she must be to the countless ways in which drug-seeking addicts distort the truth, it’s possible that Loriann perceives our telling her that we are ~not~ addicts as just an elaborate denial or obfuscation method. It is possible that she ~literally~ is incapable of understanding, and therefore accepting, the profound differences between addiction and iatrogenic dependency.

    • Thank you, Jack. Your efforts are not falling on deaf ears; plenty of readers will surely be relieved by your support here. I couldn’t agree more and thanks again for your comment.

      Songs of Boon

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  8. Thank you Mr Hobson-Dupont, I too dutifully but, with great dread (not knowing how much longer my taper will take, then the time of healing ‘true healing’ to come afterwards) do so every Thursday. I did not, would not, have chosen this (19 & 1/2 years of my life….gone) , had I been informed as to the consequences this medication causes. Sadly, people in general, believe this to be the case. I am most grateful to this community of people who I truly feel/know understand. People say they do but, their actions do not back their words. Time, time, time………..I realize and know this is the only way back from the ‘pit’. And, no going backwards. I do not know if this is allowed but, GOD is with us all. And, as for me, He is the only one that will strengthen me to get through this.
    Gods’ peace with you all.
    Respectfully,
    tmw

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