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Here are just a few of the many Tranxene withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Tranxene withdrawal program to taper off Tranxene.
Marla's Tranxene Withdrawal Success Story
I had a brain surgery and was put on Xanax which I couldn't get off. Then I was given Tranxene to get off the Xanax, having no idea that it was also addictive! Being stuck on Tranxene was horrible and without Point of Return I wouldn't have regained my freedom. My life was such a mess and they saved me. Thank you all. - Marla, Tranxene Withdrawal Success Story
Helen's Benzo Withdrawal Success Story
Tonight I took my last dose of Clonazepam (generic of Klonopin), a benzodiazepine that was prescribed by a psychiatrist to treat the panic attacks,insomnia, and anxiety I experienced after my sister's catastrophic death. I trusted this psychiatrist and took this medication as prescribed. At no point did he warn me of dependency, the psychological and physical torture, or the disastrous effects on my employment and finances this medication would cause. At no point did he warn me that suddenly stopping the medication can cause seizures or death. At no point did he tell me that the one milligram of clonazepam he prescribed me is equal to 20 milligrams of valium. It is a concentrated, deadly poison that hijacks the brain and nervous system, affecting cognition, memory, sleep, motor function, respiration, heart rate, and digestion.
In August 2015, after seven months of taking clonazepam, my insomnia came back with a vengeance and I started researching the medication. I was horrified to find out that benzodiazepines are more addictive than heroin or cocaine. A cursory search on the internet does not reveal this; one has to look deeper to find the real deal about benzodiazepines from the survivors of these drugs.
I had reached tolerance on the medication but my psychiatrist no longer took my insurance, so I was left with one month's worth of the medication. I began the task of trying to find someone knowledgeable enough to help me safely taper off the medication. Finding a "benzo aware" doctor is a frightening, frustrating ordeal that befalls many in the withdrawal community. After making dozens of phone calls, I found another shrink who claimed I could taper off clonazepam in two weeks. I tried and was practically psychotic. I couldn't breathe, my cortisol levels were sky high, lights were too bright, sounds were too loud, ordinary things were terrifying, and I became agoraphobic and unable to function. The shrink, a perfunctory, condescending bastard of a man, blamed me for being overly anxious and wanted to prescribe more medications. I felt like I was being gaslighted, told that my symptoms weren't real, which only added to my distress.
I found yet another psychiatrist who terminated me for being "hooked" and suggested a treatment center. I knew the treatment center route was not the way to go as they taper people off way too fast, something I had already tried to do and knew was extremely dangerous. I called one and they said I wouldn't be a good candidate anyway, since I had never abused clonazepam. So here I was, terrified and lost, and the same profession that had blithely prescribed this medication now wanted nothing to do with me. This is a scenario all too familiar to those trapped by taking these insidious medications as prescribed.
With nowhere left to turn, I began working with the Point of Return program, who truly "get" both the medical aspects of these drugs and the nightmare of trying to find competent professionals to help people safely taper. They are experts in prescription medication withdrawal and have a protocol that includes supplements, diet, a private discussion forum, and unlimited support by telephone. I would not be here if it weren't for them. In November, 2015, my husband and I flew to San Antonio and met with Point of Return's consulting physician, Dr. Raymond Armstrong, who met with us for three hours, reassuring us that with a slow and steady taper I would get my life back. He himself had survived an addiction to the benzodiazepine valium, so we trusted him. I was in protracted withdrawal, barely surviving on next to no sleep, and scared out of my mind, but I flew back to Maryland knowing I finally had the right doctor.
The months dragged as I tapered the medication ever so slowly, enduring frightening symptoms that made me feel like I was losing my mind. I was an animal in some sort of sick, barbaric experiment. How much can we torture this already stressed animal so that she finally gives up hope and lies resigned and lifeless on the concrete fIoor?
I had never felt so alone, so depressed, so defeated, so lost. Benzo withdrawal syndrome is a nonlinear, random process, like a virus that continues to mutate, so one is always waiting for some new symptom to pop up. I felt as if I was on a thrill ride designed by Stephen King, but unlike a ride at Busch Gardens, you do not know when this ride will end. It was like being hooked up to an IV drip that pumped fear into my body 24-7. Dizziness, paranoia, depersonalization, derealization, ridiculous insomnia—you name the symptom, I had it. Muscle fatigue and weakness made me feel like a living corpse.
During the winter and spring of 2015-2016, I sobbed constantly, uncontrollably, with my faithful husband beside me on the couch. It felt like I was vomiting tears. What was happening in my brain was so alien and frightening. I didn't even recognize myself in the mirror. My husband and daughter are true angels for sticking by me, for understanding what was happening, and for continuing to love me. Their continual reassurance and patience are truly remarkable. I am very lucky; many people go through this alone or their spouses leave them because they just can't handle it. I continued following Point of Return's program, taking the supplements (which I believe greatly accelerated my healing) and at the beginning of August 2016, as the dose of clonazepam got lower, almost a full year from the beginning of my taper, I began to have "windows", a term in the benzo community for feeling normal. These are the times one's brain is actually "online" and one feels whole and present. The times when one can go for a walk, visit with a friend, sit in an outdoor café and laugh, or watch a movie and actually follow the plot. The times when one can leave the hell of self-involvement and focus on others again.
I began to have more hope. Each window was like a break from the Stephen King thrill ride, a chance to walk and rest in a garden and feel the breeze on my face. I might have felt like a rat in a cruel experiment, but this rat was not going to lie resignedly on the concrete floor. This rat wanted its freedom, wanted to live, and therefore, started to fight. Whereas last autumn I felt nothing but terror that I would never make it back, this autumn has been so beautiful that I want to get on my knees and thank God for nature's beauty. A simple trip to a pumpkin patch to buy a pumpkin and some mums reduced me to tears. To care once again about the simple, seasonal joys of living, to care about anything at all seemed like a miracle.
I can only get down on my knees and thank God that I went through this process in the age of the internet. If I hadn't found Point of Return through an internet search, I never would have found the safest and most comprehensive program available for prescription drug withdrawal. They know what they are doing, they have personal experience with it, and they know how to nurture and push us through the laborious process. With the Point of Return program, you have a safe and private internet forum with which to vent, cry and laugh with others on the same journey. The forum is a place to share stories of small victories, resilience and strength.
I'm taking my last dose of clonazepam tonight but I know the healing process isn't over. Most likely, I will have heart palpitations, anxiety, more sleep problems, derealization, tinnitus, and fatigue for a while. I don't care. I want my life back and the only way out is through. Because of my slow taper my brain had a chance to heal with each reduction and I have hope I can handle whatever the post-taper period throws my way. With the toolbox Point of Return has given me, I have faith that I can remain medication-free. I am very grateful! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Alesandra, Andrea, Terry for patiently listening to me go on and on during phone conversations and for your constant reassurance. Thank you also to the divine mentors on the forum who selflessly volunteer their time coaching and encouraging: Karole, Athena, Elisa-Ruth, and Bobby. Don't hesitate to call Point of Return. If you are dedicated to getting well, and put in the time and effort, they will support you every step of the way. - Helen C. (Maryland) - Clonazepam (a Benzodiazepine similar to Tranxene) Withdrawal Success Story
Tony's Benzo Withdrawal Success Story
As a psychotherapist, I have adequate training on psychotropic medication and the effects that they can have on the human mind and behavior, including side effects like discontinuation syndrome. However, all of my training in psychopharmacology and psychology could not have prepared me for the almost one year debilitating experience that I underwent while on Ativan.
In January of 2010, I was given a flouriquinolone along with a steroid following a minor surgical procedure. Soon after, I experienced a reaction to the medications, including pain, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, blurry vision, hallucination, fever and numbness of the extremities. At the emergency room, I was instructed to discontinue the medications and was given Ativan in order to stabilize my central nervous system and promote sleep after 3 nights of insomnia.
Two weeks of taking 2mg of Ativan, I decided to discontinue using a standard rapid taper. I was alarmed to discover that just after 2 weeks, my body was unable to handle discontinuation of Ativan. I then concluded that perhaps a “chemical imbalance,” had developed as a result of the antibiotic and steroid I had taken and decided to continue taking Ativan until my CNS “balanced,” itself out.
The medication created unusual symptoms which resulted in my resignation from work as I was not able to maintain enough mental clarity to carry out my duties as a psychotherapist. I was devastated. Soon after, I moved back to my hometown to begin to find a way to resolve my dilemma.
I consulted a physician and a psychiatrist friend and attempted to carry out their recommended tapering schedule. I was not able to advance much without suffering excruciating panic and anxiety. I became increasingly alarmed as I had never experienced anxiety before any of it started. At that point I was experiencing paranoia, muscle aches and pains, irrational thoughts and fears about possible illnesses that I might have, weight loss, rapid heart beat, night sweats, muscle twitching, jock itch, dry irritated eyes, depersonalization, derealization, a drunk hung over feeling, tight band feeling and pressure around my head, dark thoughts, etc. I decided to discontinue my doctoral studies at that point as well as I was not able to drive much of the time. I was home ridden and began to develop moderate agoraphobia.
One night out of desperation I went cold turkey and ended up at the ER. The following day, I began to research benzo withdrawal on the internet and immediately came upon Point of Return. I was skeptical as I had only heard of people battling prescription medication dependence in an inpatient facility and had never heard of such a thing occurring on an outpatient basis. I had nothing to lose so I gave Point of Return (POR) a call the next day. Andrea was the first contact I spoke to and the information and facts she provided convinced me to give the program a try. I ordered the supplements that same day.
The nutrients immediately began to let their effects known to me; I felt increasing vigor and stamina, the withdrawals became tolerable and my sleep stabilized. Of course, I had my ups and downs, mainly due to not following protocol but I came out through to the other side. On 1 occasion out of idiocy, I decided not to take the SUPPORT product to test its effectiveness; I had the most difficult taper that week and from then on decided that the SUPPORT was indeed a vital component to the process and that is was not a mere coincidence that my taper was easier.
Today is the first day I am off the medications and I have not felt this great in months. I am excited…my sense of humor has returned and I am looking forward to the future…things I never thought I would have again. All of the symptoms mentioned above have resolved. The only things I am experiencing at this point are muscle soreness, some fatigue and occasional headache.
Alessandra and Terry are also experts in their field. They are generous with their time and information and even made themselves available during the late night hours of the weekend. The conversations, emails and forum interactions provided me with much education and support. Alesandra and Terry both guided me to nutritional leads from which I was able to select and use to further promote a smooth taper. I feel as if I have received additional training than most of my colleagues will receive on nutrition and brain function and care. No doubt this education will serve me in the years to come for my own health, that of my family and my own patients struggling with dependence and addiction.
I would like to acknowledge my sister Elsa who is also a psychotherapist and provided me with much support and patience, and the forum moderators,Wendy and Rachel for your constant support, dedication and reassurance and everyone who has gone before me on the program and found healing….thank you all. I will never forget this experience and the invaluable lessons it has taught me. I feel enriched as a human being, as a student and as a professional. - Tony Q. (CALIFORNIA) - Ativanis (a Benzodiazepine similar to Tranxene) Withdrawal Success Story