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What should I do if I can't sleep when starting benzodiazepine withdrawal?

Are  you considering tackling Alprazolam Withdrawal? Are you taking another benzodiazepine and have benzodiazepine withdrawal side effects such as anxiety, fear, insomnia, drowsiness, fear, muscle weakness, confusion and dizziness? However, many in benzo withdrawal also experience severe sleep challenges, particular when tapering too rapidly. This is not abnormal. In fact, it is quite revealing as they expose how the benzodiazepines have altered the body. Do not fear if you are still experiencing symptoms or new symptoms occur. There is hope.

If you are struggling to sleep, there is a reason and it isn't permanent.

It does not take long for benzodiazepines to impact the body and nervous system, creating a dependency within a few days to a week. Many do not realize the impaired sleep patterns are caused by the benzodiazepines and for many their sleep has eroded by the time Point of Return is contacted for assistance.  That is why we use natural, sleep promoting nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms while you slowly taper. 

Sleep issues are a natural side effect of benzodiazepines.

The longer you are on benzodiazepines, the worse your sleep erodes, this is common with all benzodiazepines. If you have been on benzodiazepines for an extended period of time, the medication has likely had a larger impact on your body with more profound symptoms.

So, what should you do if you can’t sleep when starting benzodiazepine withdrawal?

Treat the problem, not the symptom.

Oftentimes, users are encouraged to take Trazodone or other medications to help with sleeping issues. This can cause two problems.

  1. Taking the new medication may result in a dependency to two medications.
  2. The medications can interact in harmful ways to the body.

Treating symptoms is not the best route to take. Rather, continuing the withdrawal process under the assistance of professionals, slowly and while calming your nervous system, allows for a much more comfortable withdrawal process.

Take one step at a time.

Another issue in benzodiazepine withdrawal is that users attempt to withdraw too fast. Often it means taking a step back on their taper, calming their system with the Point of Return nutraceuticals to promote healthy sleep. As your sleep deepens they begin taper again, using the nutraceuticals throughout the tapering process. Cold-turkey withdrawals shock the GABA receptors and risk Protracted Withdrawal Symptoms. A slow taper is best.

If the nervous system can be calmed prior to the tapering of the medication, then users can have a more comfortable time. The nervous system stimulates the body so taking the time to let it calm down may make the withdrawing process easier. If you are experiencing sleeping issues, this may need to be factored into your withdrawal process.

You don’t have to do this alone. Get help.

Some are fortunate and can withdraw easily with minimal symptoms. Their sleep recovers easily and without issue.  Others have a terrible time breaking the dependence to benzodiazepines and need assistance and and guidance to recover. This is why Point of Return exists.  We are experts in benzodiazepine withdrawal and know how to ease symptoms, promote sleep and give you the courage to recover.

Point of Return can be a resource, not only for people needing assistance to withdraw from addictive medications, but for those that have already withdrawn and yet have not fully recovered. Many have stopped their drug and having symptoms, in that case Point of Return can recommend holistic items that will not interact but are highly effective. Nutraceuticals do not interact with any medications yet are a powerful way to ease symptoms.

You can get off Benzodiazepines.

Withdrawing from benzodiazepines can be extremely challenging if done wrong.  There is a process to heal the body and neurotransmitters that were altered by the benzodiazepines. Withdrawal may not always be comfortable or painless because of how the body has already been rewired, but under the care of medical professionals and through a withdrawal program, like at Point of Return, users can achieve lasting success in benzodiazepine withdrawal in a way that is safe and effective.

If you need assistance with Benzodiazepine withdrawal or if you have already withdrawn from medications and are still experiencing symptoms, please call Point of Return at 866-605-2333 or contact us to learn more about how we can help you in your withdrawal journey. 

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