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Here are just a few of the many Venlafaxine withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Venlafaxine withdrawal program to taper off Venlafaxine.
At 68 years of age, I made an arbitrary decision, or so I thought, to go off meds. Choosing a local program in Alberta, Canada, 35 years of swallowing Amitriptyline and 15 for Effexor [Venlafaxine] came to an end in the relatively short span of 9 months. Consequently, hope in the local program steadily diminished as a terrifying state of pain, shock and trauma crept in. Besides the devastation of the brain chemicals, my whole body was evidently desperately sick, well on its way to autoimmune diseases and premature death. In constant pain, unable to absorb food or find sleep, I literally felt as if I was dying.
My husband described those initial months as the blackest of nights, terrified and bewildered, facing a raging river that had to be crossed, but not knowing how. Conventional medicine proved itself unable to help. Where else was there help? I can attest to the ingenuity of the human spirit to avoid dependence on God until all other avenues fail. And so, finally, I was crowded to Christ alone. There on my knees I pled for help and waited before him, willing to drown in the raging river if that was what he had in mind. Then, one by one, stones seemed to appear in the swirling depths of those wild waters, beckoning a crossing. One stone would appear at a time, appearing very slippery and dubious. I would have to do a blind leap of faith to even reach it, never mind find a firm footing on it. It would be crazy faith, except that God's promised he would prove himself strong for those who abandoned themselves to him.
One desperate night, as I tried to find that impossible, painless position on the couch, it occurred to me that the wakefulness might be a good opportunity to sort through my old health files. What I found became the answers to my prayers. I found a 15 year old, ripped out magazine page, across which was splashed, "If you ever want to go off antidepressants, give Point of Return a call". Goggle not only assured me they were still in business, the program's professional basis in science was also quite impressive. While reading Alesandra's story, I intuitively knew I needed glutathione, whatever that was, because it had helped her so much. Finding that yellowed magazine advertisement could easily be looked at as an arbitrary discovery, but I took it to be God's loving and personal direction in my life. Point of Return was one of the first of many stones that appeared. And Point of Return proved to be a solid leap of faith. This year July 2019 began to mark the end of a season of suffering that had become a journey of faith.
Literally, I had been in the dark regarding how magnificent a machine God had created for me to live in, basically designed to self regulate and repair itself through proper fuel and cleansing like any other simple machine. Point of Return's excellent principles shed a steady light on that by encouraging a clean diet, adequate hydration, proper rest, testing, character growth and the supervision of reputable integrative/ functional medical supervision. But in my lack of knowledge, each effort I mustered seemed like another leap to a shadowy stone. Yet, the darkness seemed to dissipate with each subsequent leap regardless of my dubious attitude. For example, when I first came across the term "leaky gut", I thought to myself, "I don't need to find out what that is, I'm sure I don't have it"; I thought the same with whatever the MTHR variant was. However, slowly and surely, the light began to dawn. With the discovery that our friendly local chiropractor was credentialed with functional medicine studies and sold Cyrex Tests right out of his office, the truth unfolded further. My tests came back positive for most part, correlating to the conditions wisely posted on the Point of Return website: inflammation, toxicity, nutrient deficiency, multiple food sensitivities, small intestine bacterial overgrowth and what do you know! Leaky Gut! and that genetic MTHR thing I knew nothing about as well! I tested positive for it all. Point of Return's patient and gentle encouragement proved invaluable in God's hands to steer me to the next stepping stone. It is only in looking back that I now see much more clearly.
Today, I am not only off all psychotropic drugs, but also all heart medications given after a triple by-pass heart surgery 11 years ago. (I am now doing well on alternative therapy). I am also off all NSAIDs taken for 20 years for arthritis and a degenerative disk condition. I am enjoying an ever growing diet of simple, nourishing foods, exercising at least 5 out of 7 days a week, trying to keep a steady vigil with the Lord in prayer and meditation, learning how to grieve out my sorrows and purposefully create new non-toxic brain circuits for my thoughts to run on, getting out into the sunshine as much as I can, enjoying some yard work and especially my large family of 6 adult children, 11 grandchildren and a cat at our acreage. Presently I celebrated my recovery and 71st birthday with a trip to Seattle to catch a cruise to Alaska with the Gaithers, whose music deeply ministered to my soul during the darkness.
I will never, ever forget the compassion in Alesandra's voice across the miles, giving me reassurance that she knew the way well for those who go off meds. Her colleagues similarly, were experienced, loving, gracious and always ready to help and insure a sense of belonging. For me it was and remains a reflection of the love of God in their hearts that they hold for God and for fellow sufferers, paying forward what they have received.
"Thank you Alesandra, Andrea and Terry, and all the other Point of Return staff that so faithfully give of your time, love, reassurances and prayers on our behalf trudging along the same road you walked. You are an unbeatable bunch, our endeared models and mentors! All of you definitely make up the rescue boats that are sent out to rescue us from the raging river and ferreting us to the safety of the Lighthouse shore. I give you my most heartfelt gratitude and high esteem for your untiring ministry. May it always go on. May you always be blessed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would have surely drowned in the waters without you".
The journey was not easy. It tested and proved my best resolve. When, in weakness, I submitted in acceptance and patience, God was able to strengthen my metal and make of me a stronger version. It seemed simply miraculous when I began emerging from the turmoil my body and brain had sustained. I can vouch for what the staff and mentors say, over and over again, that you WILL heal. During the darkness, those words sounded like an hallucination, but it is only the malfunction of ears and heart that befuddles the truth of it. The shroud of death that laid so heavily on my shoulders did eventually lift. It came slowly, mostly imperceptibly, but it surely did, as I worked the program which is key. It is true that the trees are greener, the sky bluer, the flowers brighter, the birdsong sweeter! To be so richly alive is a most precious gift with each breath taken.
I am so very deeply grateful. Thank you God, thank you, Point of Return. May God constantly sustain you and continue to bless your work. When I grow up, I want to be just like you! 😁
Helen (Canada) – Venlafaxine Withdrawal Success Story
My name is Michel, and I took high doses of SSRI's for about 12 years. On the rare occasions that I tried to get off of them on my own, I would soon begin to cry for no apparent reason.
With my wonderful psychiatrist's supervision and the encouragement of the folks at POINT OF RETURN, I used the nutrients diligently over a period of several months and had the compounding pharmacist taper my EFFEXOR [Venlafaxine] according to the instructions. I did well, except for the last 3 weeks of withdrawals, which I was told to expect. But I held tight, and I finally made it off these drugs and have been thriving off of them for a year! Sometimes I return to taking the supplements if I am under a bit of stress, but I can then go back off of them when things calm down. I really appreciate the gift of being able to be off the SSRI's because of the negative side effects they had. Thank you!!!
"'But I will restore you to health
and heal your wounds,'
declares the LORD..." Jeremiah 30:17
Michel (South Carolina) - Venlafaxine Withdrawal Success Story
I cannot clearly recall how I came across POINT OF RETURN; but I am certainly grateful that I did, because it was most definitely my point of return – to sanity. I was diagnosed with depression shortly after my mother passed away over 20 years ago. I was depressed all right…of that there is no doubt; however, I now know that I should have been given other ways of coping besides being prescribed drugs. At the time of my mother's death, I was a single mother and she was the only real support system I had. I was probably a bit too close to my mom and consequently, I took her death pretty hard. I left a job of 8 years and moved away from the city I was living in at that time, which is definitely not something I should have done. Nevertheless, following my doctor's advice, I went about changing a few things in my life, and took the antidepressants prescribed. Over the years, I was given an assortment of antidepressants; Desipramine, Prozac a couple others thrown in for good measure (the names of which I can't remember now) and finally the doctors settled on Effexor [Venlafaxine]. It was never recommended that I seek any kind of grief counseling nor was I told how harmful making major decisions in my life could be…but…thank God; it is all behind me now.
After a few years of taking antidepressants, I started to question my doctor about why I couldn't come off them because in fact, it had been so many years. I was repeatedly told not to worry about it – they were not addictive – and I just needed to accept that I was one of those people that have a brain chemistry that doesn't properly supply the serotonin levels I need to live a normal life. If I were a diabetic, I was asked, would I not take insulin?
About 3 years ago, I went away on a long weekend shopping trip with a girlfriend and I accidentally forgot my Effexor at home. I didn't think that much of it until near the end of the second day. I couldn't focus on anything; I had a pounding headache and ringing in my ears; I felt like I had vertigo. It was the most awful experience I'd had since I couldn't remember when. Everything was just spinning. I didn't equate the feelings I was experiencing to any kind of withdrawal until I went to a clinic on the 3rd day because I knew I wasn't going to be able to drive and I had to get home. It was then that I was told that my body was reacting to not having the Effexor. It was a very frightening experience and I knew that I wanted to be drug free from that point on. I tried on a couple of occasions to wean myself off of the effexor to no avail. I started to seek out information about antidepressants and withdrawal symptoms and I started to read a great deal of information on cognitive therapy for depression as well as potential alternatives to prescription drugs. I guess I stumbled across the POR site during this research stage and decided to ask a few questions about how the program worked.
I kept going back to the POINT OF RETURN site and read the information over and over again and I finally mustered up the courage to contact them. It was a Saturday or Sunday evening that I sent an email and I just about fell out of my chair when Alesandra responded within the hour! I was impressed! I kept in touch with Alesandra by email for a couple of days back and forth and it was obvious that she knew exactly what she was talking about and she quickly gained my trust and respect. I ordered the withdrawal system and anxiously awaited its arrival. The day I received the package, I read Alesandra's book, "Deeds of Trust" in one sitting. I was amazed by what she had been through and knew in my heart that if she could survive that kind of pain and anguish, I could certainly work through my 'stuff'. I slowly started taking the nutrients, as recommended, and picked up the Natren probiotics. I built up my courage and made an appointment with my doctor to let him know that I wanted to go on the POR program. I was very worried that he wouldn't accept my request because of my attempts to get off of antidepressants previously, but I kept in contact with the POR forum and got a script in my head so I could tackle any questions he might have. I read through the POINT OF RETURN doctor's information booklet provided as well and had highlighted certain areas of the book that I thought would quickly convince him that their system was based on sound research. He kept the booklet with him and told me to re-book another appointment while he went through its contents and thought about my request. In between this initial appointment and the follow up; I was taking the POR nutrients & probiotics. I also picked up some excellent Omega 3 oil (vegetarian brand as I am allergic to any seafood/shellfish) and sought out a compounding pharmacist in my area.
I was pleasantly surprised when I had my next doctor's visit. He not only said he would allow me to do the program; but he also asked if he could share the information I provided him with, amongst his colleagues. So…off I went…prescription in hand.
I followed the POINT OF RETURN program religiously and stayed on the private forum (mostly reading at first) to keep focused. Alesandra would speak with me one on one via email when I had some struggles through the titration and as usual, she was my faithful angel. I know that I will still have days (and nights) where I feel sadness creep up on me…but I also know that I will have days of joy and peace that I could never have had on the anti-depressant medications. I felt flat. Life had no pizzazz! I have tears now and then; but I know now how to cope. I pamper myself with a bubble bath, read a good book, watch a comedy or a romantic love story and of course, keep myself well-stocked with SUPPORT.
My heartfelt thanks to all of the POINT OF RETURN team – the group of participants that provide emotional support on the forum – and most of all – to Alesandra.
Kellia (Canada) - Venlafaxine Withdrawal Success Story