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Here are just a few of the many Klonopin withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Klonopin withdrawal program to taper off Klonopin.
March 2014, I had been put on Xanax which began the devastating decline of my health. I had been severely overworked like a work horse during my career as a social worker, especially the last three years. I only took Xanax PRN but the General Practitioner told me to start taking it 3 times a day. I could only handle .25 mg three times a day. Oh the burning pain in my chest, and being unable to eat food, and several horrible side effects.
After six weeks I begged to stop Xanax. Again, the General Practitioner told me to stay on Xanax as “I was suffering from Anxiety.” NO, I WAS SUFFERING FROM THE DEBILITATING PHYSICAL/MENTAL SIDE EFFECTS FROM THIS D_ _ _ _ _ STUFF! I “obeyed” and finally (as a Mental Health Therapist) checked my own self into a Mental Health Psych Ward in another town (I was so embarrassed!), as I found myself twice praying for God to take me home to heaven because I could not take the pain of the burning that was in my chest, arms, hands, shoulders, neck. The pain was literally off the chart.
After one week in the Psych Ward the social worker and a nurse there FINALLY believed me that it was the Xanax! After research and observing me, they found I was suffering from withdrawals because the small amount of Xanax, 3 times a day, was allowing my body to go into withdrawals in between the doses. So the doctor in the psych ward said he had to put me on Klonopin which is so much more stronger than Xanax, in order to get me past the withdrawals. By the way, these withdrawals were cold turkey.
When I was put on Klonopin and Celexa, I literally lost life as I knew it, March 2014. Ten days later I was discharged to my girlfriend’s home to recuperate. (So depressing – before that I lived in my own home – had worked on a reservation, flown up to Alaska on a huge research project, was the Director of Social Work and Mental Health, etc. Upon discharge I literally was unable to work, could hardly eat, had myriads of tough physical symptoms from the Klonopin and Celexa. (The doctor who first prescribed the meds, when I asked him, are they addictive? answered, “No, you just drop one of the doses (such as drop the 3:00 PM dose – 1 out of 3 daily doses) for a day or two, and then drop another one.) WRONG! So, I did as the doctor said in September 2014. I dropped one dose (1 mg of Klonopin). My body was so sensitive. I was so sick, trying to get off the D_ _ _ medications. Oh my _ _ _ , the pure Hell I went through just dropping that one dose that one time! The doctor’s reaction? “None of my other patients have had that problem!”.
I was too ill to work, had to stay with a girlfriend as I literally couldn’t take care of myself. I got desperate as I was so sick on the Klonopin and Celexa because due to the combination of the two drugs I was unsteady on my feet. I fell and broke my shoulder in three places. Out of desperation, I chose to start titrating off Klonopin the hard way – cutting the pills starting on October 10, 2014.. It took sheer determination. I came to a point where cutting the pills was SO DIFFICULT, getting smaller and having no minute accuracy.
July 13, 2015 Point of Return (POR) came into my life, as a HUGE GODSEND. I “accidentally” stumbled on the POR website one night as I was SO ILL and crying because of the pain caused by of trying to titrate off of Klonopin. I know stumbling upon Point of Return was GOD. You and the rest of the staff gave me HOPE. Now, I am not one of your clients that stayed in contact very much, as I literally was so sick.
I was having a rough time with the Point of Return Pre-Taper program, especially with the Support and Mood products. You suggested that I get tested for MTHFR. That was a HUGE key. I cried with relief when my doctor (who incidentally didn’t know about MTHFR) got the results back and I tested out as a MTHFR’r. (The years that I was made fun of by other doctors and medical personnel: being degraded, being told that “it was all in my head”, that my issues were psychosomatic, that it was just Anxiety and Depression. This was TOUGH as I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work. I spent my career working as a Hospital Medical Social Worker and also as a Mental Health Therapist.) As I wrote earlier in this paragraph, the Point of Return Pre-Taper was not going well as my physical symptoms had escalated. It was during this POR Pre-Taper time that I found out that I am extremely allergic to binders (hypromellose, cellulose, silica – they are made out of tree bark) in the meds and in supplements.
AGAIN, YOU STEPPED IN WITH HOPE and suggested that I try getting the Klonopin compounded in an oil form. I contacted the only compounding pharmacist in this town and was made fun of by his employee, and degraded. “Oh, you’re the one requesting that ridiculous minute amount of Klonopin!” She said this while I was standing at the pharmacy window with several people behind me! This compounding pharmacist told me that he “didn’t know how to and did not compound in an oil base”.
AGAIN, YOU STEPPED IN WITH HOPE and suggested that I contact a Compounding Pharmacist and what a lifesaver that was! Thus began the long but hopeful journey of titrating off Klonopin, and later tapered off Celexa. I had a huge move from one place to another and some other setbacks and had to put the Klonopin titration on hold for a few months. BUT I DIDN’T GIVE UP primarily because of the testimonies from POR clients on the Discussion Board, even though I was too sick to even post on the Discussion Board.
So, from October 10, 2014 to December 13, 2015 it took 423 days to accomplish the titration off of Klonopin. December 13 , 2015 was my D-Day, right before Christmas – my personal gift to me!!!
I waited 54 days of being off of Klonopin before I started the long, grueling process of titrating off of Celexa using the oil-based compound. On February 8, 2016 I began titrating off of Celexa. 401 days later I finished the Celexa titration on March 19, 2017.
I wrote all of this in order to say this:
Thank you, Andrea and the rest of the POR staff for being a literal life-saver.
You did not hear much from me after I started the titrations, because I was too sick to even post. I just want you to know that even if you don’t hear back from a client, yours and POR’s compassion, listening ear, support, and guidance was not in vain!!!
With a Huge Heart of Gratitude and Love,
Mary C. (Idaho) Klonopin Withdrawal Success Story
December of 2014, that’s when I decided to take my life back. After deep research by myself, I came to realize that these “medications” weren’t really helping at all. In fact, after 11 years of being on Klonopin, it was making things worse. But I was so numbed up I didn’t even know it. For many years I went through life in tolerance withdrawal. Muscles so tight, heart thumping inside my chest, shaky hands, but I kept chugging along. I kept telling myself that this was how everyone felt, and it was completely normal. I honestly don’t know how I made it through. But really all I was, was a zombie. A zombie that had done a lot, because I pushed through.
A “doctor” put me on this “medication” because I was too quiet. My head had a slight tremor too (even though what was really wrong was my spine was out of alignment) and that’s the reason I was put on the “medication”. Write a script, fill it, and pick it up. It was that easy. Never once did anyone say anything about the consequences of taking this blue little pill. Trust me I asked many of times and so did my parents when they first thought of putting me on it. A two milligram pill every morning. Later on, about year three, another milligram was added at night to help with my insomnia. Nobody ever thought it could be the “medication” Though I really doubt anyone would want to admit it. “These drugs can’t do you any harm”, that’s what they say. But we all know the truth. The cause more harm than they do good in most of us.
So in December of 2014, after thorough research, I decided it was time to taper. Though with no help from the “doctor”, they caused more harm than good during this whole process. And trust me, it’s been a process. It’s only been three weeks, but I can finally say I’m free of all “medication”. I don’t know how I made it through, but I did, and I’m still here. I did receive help though. Help came in the form of my friends here at Point of Return.
After I spoke with Alesandra in October 2018, I knew this program was for me. She shared her experience with me over the phone, and I was sold. I took the supplements and got them into my system, and they really did help. It wasn’t a cakewalk, but they helped me get off the “meds”. I can only imagine how painful it would’ve been without the supplements.
These people are truly wonderful. All of them. Every step of the way they were with me. And for that, I’m forever thankful. Please think twice before you take any of these “medication” and if you need any help, be sure to reach out to Point of Return. They’ll be sure to help.
Will (Pennsylvania) Klonopin Withdrawal Success Story
I wrote in September 2015 about the success of my benzodiazepine withdrawal ( Klonopin), and now I would like to follow up with another testimonial about my recovery or near recovery. My story may be of particular interest for those, who like me, have an underlying condition which in all likelihood contributed to the speed with which I became dependent, as well as to the hardships I faced with regard to recovery from withdrawal.
I completed my Taper from Klonopin by the end of July 2015. I have been ever so grateful for the supplements recommended by Point of Return without which my fate would be a very different one. After the completion of my taper I began to heal very slowly. I noticed improvements in my concentration and I could even meditate some. After a little more than a month I noticed that I was ready for bed at a certain time and "ready to get up" at a certain time; in other words the body began to establish something like a routine which I had all but forgotten existed at all. Having been diagnosed with MTHFR (upon recommendation of POR) and a deficient methylation cycle, I knew to take my Methylcobalamin and my 5-MTHF in order to establish more optimal methylation. I was able to finish school and pass the exam, but most mental activities continued to be a strain on me as I continuously felt an underlying exhaustion blocking the free flow of mental energy. Finally, in October 2016 I consulted Alesandra at Point of Return again and she directed me to a website and even helped me to download the information. The end result of these and my doctor's findings was that I needed to take another type of Vitamin B 12 as well as another type of Folate. On Thanksgiving Day I was ready to start my new regimen and within just a few hours I felt a new type of energy entering my brain. It was as if I could suddenly "think straight" instead of "thinking sideways or in circles."
Now it has been 2 months on this new regimen and since then my body has undertaken a lot of healing. My adrenals which still had been much overproducing Cortisol calmed down as well as my breathing which before had been in a kind of "staccato mode." There is still much room for improvement, but the healing is happening in a very profound way. There are some nights now during which I sleep more deeply – at least for a few hours – than I have in many years before benzos. In addition, there are some hours now during some days when I feel more energetic and have a better quality energy than before this medical accident.
I continue to be awed that in this bleak medical desert which best describes the ignorance of 99.9% of all doctors who prescribe these pills, there bloom the most beautiful desert flowers of continued support, dedication and knowledge by Point of Return. Hardly a day goes by when I don't ask myself "where would I be today without Point of Return?" And to think that people like myself all over the globe are helped in spite of this tragic medical unconsciousness, is more than simply awesome!
Iris (California) Klonopin Withdrawal Success Story