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What To Expect During Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

When withdrawing from benzodiazepines, it’s important to have realistic expectations or it could lead to frustration and put you at risk. Each person’s withdrawal process looks different, the duration, what method they use, or how their body responds to it. At the end of the day, benzo withdrawal is a journey for each individual person, but it is absolutely worth it for your health and well being.

A lot of people think that because some people can go cold turkey, that they can too. Benzodiazepines can be dangerous to abruptly stop, particularly for those you have been on them for any length of time. While there are some people who can do a cold-turkey successfully, many cannot and tapering slowly is the correct approach for them. If the GABA receptors have been modified by the Benzodiazepines, then any personal stress will also increase symptoms.  That's why we focus on calming the nervous system during the tapering process.

It’s Okay To Get Help

It is completely normal and recommended to seek assistance in your benzodiazepine withdrawal versus attempting this by yourself. You need guidance, support and encouragement, this makes the process much easier to accomplish.

For instance, going cold turkey requires close medical monitoring.  You are taking a highly addictive drug away rapidly and the GABA receptors are not functioning properly, which is why blood pressure can rise to an unsafe range, anxiety, fear, insomnia and many other symptoms dramatically increase. However, turning to benzodiazepine professionals, who understand the correct approach and can provide a program for your needs so you suffer fewer symptoms and have greater success.

What To Expect

  • Symptoms and Discomfort: For some, benzo withdrawal can include many widespread symptoms, especially if you go cold turkey. The benzodiazepine withdrawal process, however, does not have to be painful or challenging. There are ways to withdraw from benzodiazepines that can be much more comfortable and safer than other methods. It just takes finding the right one that works for you.
  • It Takes Time: Another thing to consider is that the withdrawal process takes time. With a weight loss program, you don’t expect to lose a bunch of weight and be in great shape in a week, and it’s the same with withdrawal. It may be difficult to see progress at the beginning or it may take a longer time than you expect because this process is internal. A lot of change is occurring on a cellular level to repair your body and bring it back from how it was altered from medications. This reveals how damaging benzodiazepines can be. 

You Can Do It

Understanding what benzodiazepine withdrawal is like, having the right expectations and partnering with an expert can lead to higher rates of success and more of a chance of a lasting impact. Point of Return has an extremely high success rate, which is dramatically different from people who try to do it on their own. Our nonprofit has helped people in every state of the United States and in 86 countries over the past 17 years.

If you have been trying to withdraw on your own or are in need of assistance to recover from benzodiazepine addiction, Point of Return is a great option. Our benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment s not only effective, but safe. We work alongside you and your doctor to find the program that best suits your needs. 

You don’t have to walk through withdrawal on your own! Call us at 866-605-2333 or contact us to learn more about how we can help with your Ativan withdrawal, Alprazolam withdrawal, Temazepam withdrawal, or withdrawal from any other benzodiazepines.




*While great care has been taken in organizing and presenting the material throughout this website, please note that it is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice.

*The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and labels mentioned / sold are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.

*The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent and support throughout.

*This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness.

*Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout.

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