Are you searching for info on how to wean off Sertraline? Looking for a Sertraline Withdrawal program that really works?
Here are just a few of the many Sertraline withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Sertraline withdrawal program to taper off Sertraline.
Karen's Sertraline Withdrawal Success Story
In 2006, I became another statistic. I was labeled with an “incurable disease” of panic disorder with anxious depression. My trust fell in doctors, prescription pills and a never-ending cycle of trying different “cocktails” to achieve what I longed for so desperately; a normal life. Instead of listening to my body at that time, I ignored all the warning signs of being over-stressed, undernourished, and sleep deprived. So my body did what it was designed to do. It went into shock. And so my story began.
My body was introduced to numerous types of antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Despite the medicine changes and increased dosages, I never felt quite right. I had this underlining depression and anxiety that would not disappear. Eventually, tolerance withdrawal kicked into full gear. This led me down a road of dangerous self-attempted tapers and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. (Yes, I had a doctor. His advice was to just “stop it.” Sadly, I had no choice but to take matters into my own hands.)
Then I found Point of Return. I inquired about the program on a Saturday afternoon and THAT night Alesandra called me with the best news I ever heard. “You can come off these medicines. I did it and so can you.” I knew she was the real deal. I can’t even begin to thank Alesandra, Andrea and Terry for the numerous phone calls of reassurance, tough love moments and consistent support through the whole process! I have Roy to thank for being an amazing compounding pharmacist. Also, I can’t forget to thank the incredible forum family that walked me through tears, setbacks, joy, successes and at last, freedom!
To those that are beginning this journey: This process is not a walk in the park, but it’s achievable and each testimony is someone who walked through your shoes and overcame! You will learn how to properly nourish your body which is vital to healing! Trust me when I say, the nutraceuticals are crucial to being successful! You WILL feel the difference! (Believe me, I was skeptical at first but now they will be a part of me forever!) Lastly, you can do this process at a pace that works for you. I worked full time during both my tapers! I even went on vacations, hosted holiday parties, took shore trips and even rode roller coasters! I say that not to boast, but to give you hope that this can be you! Oh, and as far as the label of an “incurable disease”…I haven’t had one panic attack in years and I’m too busy with life to even think about depression! :)
Lastly, I can’t end this testimony without giving praise to my Savior, Jesus for His love, mercy and grace that gave me strength each day to keep fighting the good fight!
Karen U. (New Jersey) - Zoloft / Sertraline Withdrawal Success Story
Carol's Withdrawal Success Story
I want to tell people my story because I am so ordinary. I am not a recording artist or Hollywood star. I am a 60 year old grandmother and due to circumstances that seemed large at the time I ended up on Ativan almost one year ago (.5mg. 2-3 times a day as needed).
I was experiencing hyperthyroidism and since I am usually hypothyroid this was quite different than I was used to feeling. I had lost my father the previous spring and had to put my mom in an Alzheimer's facility at that time. I had lost my sweet wonderful mini schnauzer in October and 2 weeks later I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and on my way back to bed I had what they said was an attack of Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). It was the most frightened I have ever been and as I fell on the bed I said a few prayers and waited to die. After 10 minutes of waiting to die I figured if I was still alive, I needed help and since I was alone, I called an ambulance and long story short the ER doc said I was very hyperthyroid. I had been over-medicated for hypothyroidism. That was the beginning of my nightmare. No matter what the docs did I was still symptomatic even when the blood results said I should be fine.
I was having a racing heart all night and high blood pressure and I was told not to due anything that would raise my heart rate so I sat around and got more and more fearful. My Doc sent me to a cardiologist and I wore a monitor for weeks. The doc put me on a beta-blocker and that helped the heart but I was still shaky and nervous from the T3 levels which also irritate the heart.
My doc saw that I was loosing weight and having all sorts of issues and said that I needed to go on Ativan and Zoloft [Sertraline] or I would "make myself sick". I took 1-2 Zoloft and felt like a zombie and took them back to her but I did take the occasional Ativan. When I returned to see my doctor she told me to take the Ativan 2-3 times a day whether I needed it or not. I did and within a few weeks felt like I didn't want to get hooked, so I cut one of the pills in half and went to bed and when I got up the next day I did the same thing and during the day I told my husband I felt like I was going to die but I didn't know what was wrong.
I thought about it and the next day I went on the computer to see if it could have been from cutting the pill in half and I felt like I had fallen down the rabbit hole. The stuff that I saw on the internet scared me to death and I didn't know what to do. I saw the website for POINT OF RETURN (POR), but I thought I would see what my doc said since she prescribed it, I figured she knew how to get me off. Well, that was another learning experience. She wanted me to take more and said she didn't know how to get me off and I would have to take it forever. I said, you don't understand, my body already wants more because it isn't helping any more. I want off this stuff. She told me to go to a psychiatrist. We have a friend who is a shrink and he laughed and said I was not even on a therapeutic dose and I should just cut it and come off.
Well, that didn't work and eventually I found POINT OF RETURN’s website again and I called and spoke to Alesandra. I could not believe that since I had been on the drug such a short time that I would have to take so long to come off and it meant staying the drug longer and I just wanted off so I looked into rehabs and came very close to going to one 1000 miles away but once again after research and help from Dr. Armstrong (a POR medical advisor) who actually helped me I found out that a rapid detox from this drug could have terrible consequences for someone as sensitive as I was. I had never taken anything but my thyroid med and I was so angry and frightened. I spoke to POR several times and when I finally realized that I was addicted and there was no safe escape other than a slow taper and since I tried myself and had crippling side effects and knew that self sufficient me wasn't going to be able to do this alone I checked back in with Alesandra and I finally started to come off the drug.
I have to say that without the supplements I don't know how people are able to do it because I tried several times and it was horrible, terrible thoughts, body pain like I never had, constant diarrhea and too many things to recall but as soon as I stared the SUPPORT and their other supplements, it all stopped except some mild anxiety but after all I had been through and still having some thyroid issues I felt great and did a slow taper. I have been off Ativan now for 5 weeks and even though every day isn't perfect I know that my body is healing every moment and I am on my way back and I am very confident that I will get to be even better than before. I will take the SUPPORT forever. I also have to add that Alesandra and DR. Armstrong were there Every time that I needed help whether it was a medical question or my unceasing whining or self-pity trips. (I am not the bravest soldier in the platoon but they were unbelievable with their loving support and encouragement).
Thank you Thank you Thank you. I am in the process of designing a t-shirt so I can tell the world that I am drug free thanks to POR and Google won't stop my effort to tell everyone about this wonderful group of selfless people.
Thank you Alesandra and all the wonderful people who work with you. There will definitely be an honored place in heaven for all of you.
Carol C. (Delaware) - Ativan, Zoloft / Sertraline Withdrawal Success Story
Miranda's Sertraline Withdrawal Success Story
When I found Point of Return, I was in a very dark place. I was extremely ill and wasn’t sure how to make it through the next day or hour, much less continue on with my life. I was praying and crying out to God for an answer, for relief, for a way out of the nightmare I had found myself in. I remember coming across the Point of Return website after a desperate Internet search and thinking maybe, just maybe, I had found a resource that could help. I talked on the phone with Alesandra and was instantly reassured that what I was going through was real, and that there was hope of recovery. Those two things meant everything to me at the moment.
My story began in childhood, really. After struggling for many years with severe anxiety and intensifying symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), my parents and I went to see a psychiatrist in my teens. I was prescribed and tried many different drugs from the age of 14 onward, hoping for something to help ease the mental agony that I was battling. Often the effects of the drugs made things worse, or I began to have side effects that made it necessary to stop. I ended up on Zoloft [Sertraline] when I was 17, and remained on a high dose through my teens and into my twenties. During that time I did much hard work with a gifted Cognitive Behavioral therapist and was finally able to function and approach life as a happy and balanced young adult. However, the psychiatrist told me that because of the severity of the issues I had dealt with, I would need to be on medication for life to correct my “chemical imbalance.” After all I had been through, I saw the drug as a lifesaver and never questioned that advice.
Flash forward to my mid-twenties, when I began to suffer from various physical illnesses and mysterious symptoms that grew worse as time went on. My life came to a grinding, bitter halt as I dealt with daily, debilitating sickness and physical distress. The absolute worst symptom that I dealt with was a constant, extreme nausea that left me unable to function and wore down at my endurance and will. I suffered from severe gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, migraine headaches, chills, insomnia, weakness, muscle pain, dizziness, and many other difficult issues on a daily basis. I dropped out of school, postponed my wedding, and was focused on merely surviving. I found no answers after many visits to the doctor, specialists, and a desperate trip to the ER where I was told I had the flu and given anti-nausea meds. Months, and then years went by in confusion and desperation. During this time I was given a prescription from my family doctor for Klonopin. He described it as a mild drug that would help me cope with the anxiety the mysterious illness was causing and allow me get some sleep.
I took the Klonopin on an “as needed basis” and noticed certain new, troubling symptoms cropping up. I began to get horrific panic attacks and a constant feeling of restlessness and derealization. After about 6 weeks of taking the medication sporadically, I decided to quit. No one had warned me of cold turkey withdrawals or the dangers of benzodiazepine drugs. There are no words to describe the horrific experience I went through those few days in cold turkey withdrawal. I can’t imagine an experience more horrifying or hellish. I eventually reinstated the drug after talking with my doctor. After that, I tried tapering down on my own at a slower pace, but with no success. I felt trapped. I felt awful while on the drug, and trying to tapering off on my own had always brought me to a place that was unbearable - adding twitching, uncontrollable shaking, panic, intense depression, suicidal thoughts, dizziness, vision changes, dry heaving and bizarre neurological symptoms on top of the health issues I was already dealing with. I began to fully realize the intensity and danger of psychotropic medications, and it was terrifying. I honestly feared I would be caught in this trap for the rest of my life.
Enter Point of Return, and the program I consider a true turning point for my health. I started the natraceuticals and began to feel relief within a few weeks. With the help of the supplements and the constant wise and compassionate input from Alesandra, Andrea and Terry, I was able to stabilize and begin to see a small light at the end of the tunnel. I clung to that and doggedly pursued my way toward healing, choosing to believe in the program. That belief and hope has been fulfilled beyond what I could have imagined!
After stabilizing, I was able to enjoy an absolutely miraculous and beautiful wedding, beginning a new life with my husband. I began the tapering process to become free from Klonopin just after my honeymoon. There were many ups and downs, challenges and difficult moments. Many complex and confusing interactions and new twists to the situation had to be worked out. Throughout the journey, everyone at Point of Return and the fellow fighters on the forum were always there for me, helping me to keep believing, keep my determination, and continue the struggle towards healing and hope. After the dust settled at the end of each consecutive taper, I would notice a lessening of symptoms. Each small step brought me more clarity, more relief, and a sense that I was moving closer to my old self. I became free of Klonopin in April of 2012. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would not have been able to achieve this freedom without the help of POR and their supplementation. POR made the impossible, possible.
I began to find answers to some of my issues working with holistic and integrative doctors, including a diagnosis of Celiac disease, food intolerances, parasites, some genetic anomalies causing issues with methylation, mitochondrial insufficiency, adrenal stress, and more. These issues likely contributed greatly to my original diagnosis of OCD and anxiety disorder. I began to learn so much about true health, and about the diet and lifestyle changes that are essential to healing. However, I continued to have severe nausea and many debilitating symptoms. After much prayer and searching for answers, my family and my doctors realized it was time to eliminate Zoloft, as it was likely contributing to my nausea and ongoing struggle.
In the fall of 2012 I began the process of tapering off of Zoloft, continuing to utilize the Point of Return program. It was the most difficult journey of my life, one that tested my faith in God and every ounce of my strength, endurance, and trust. I was so ill during this time, and tapering was difficult. During the year of 2012 and 2013 I learned more about true suffering and true courage than I likely will ever experience again. Throughout the entire process, POR was a continual resource for hope, insight, advice, and encouragement. I can confidently say that their supplements and the discontinuation of the drugs have been the single most helpful intervention in helping me regain my health. The advice and direction I have received from Alesandra and Andrea have never steered me wrong. They have gently and firmly pointed me in the right direction time after time. God has truly used POR in mighty ways to help me regain my health and my hope.
Today, I mark the one year anniversary of my freedom from Zoloft. After over 10 years of putting psychiatric medications in my body, I am at last free of all pharmaceuticals at the age of 27. My healing has skyrocketed, and I continue to notice positive changes nearly every day. The further I get from the drugs, the closer my body and mind grow toward true health and wholeness. I am continuing to pursue natural, integrative-based healthcare and I am learning more and more all the time. I still have a journey ahead of me and some complex health issues to work out, but I know now that thorough my long ordeal, Jesus never left my side, nor will He in the future. I know now that full healing is possible, and I am pursuing it with all of the new energy and experience that I’ve gained.
I have come from a place of horrific darkness and unbearable suffering to a place of light, healing, hope, and joy. My symptoms are fading day by day, and many times I stop and stand amazed at the fullness that is flooding back into my life. I am no longer housebound. I am no longer bedbound. I am no longer crippled by the terrible bondage of the drugs and fear. In those dark days, I could not have imagined standing where I am today, speaking with the joy and confidence that I now have. And yet I am here, by the grace of my Savior. Each day that comes is filled with renewal, increased strength, and a determination to not let my story go unspoken. Life has become beautiful and meaningful again.
Thank you, POR, for the great part you have played in my story of healing. I will remain forever grateful.
Miranda E., (Colorado) - Zoloft / Sertraline Withdrawal Success Story
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