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Nomusa's Ambien Withdrawal Success Story

Words from Nomusa


My life has been great,my family, my job and career. My job opened many doors for me and my family. I managed to educate my children who are independent now. I am retired Praise be to God !!

Along the way I was not spared of life s stresses, pain and loss. All this had its emotional toll on me and I found myself unable to sleep , tired the following day and simply unable to function. I spoke to my doctor who said "I can help you" and that was unknowingly the beginning of the biggest emotional ,psychological and health challenge I was to face 14 years later.

In the beginning it went well Zolpidem (Ambiem) the doctor prescribed worked well. This drug is not supposed to be used for more than 2 weeks but my wonderful doctor never mentioned it and I also didn't question because after all the doctor knows better (then I believed that, not NOW).

Down the years I did begin to realize that this wasn't right because inspite of having slept I still felt tired during the day. I tried to stop on my own and I found I couldn't stop. At that point I had began to question the use of sleeping pills but my wonderful doctor said " Medical science has proof that there is more health damage resulting from poor to no sleep than the health damage from sleeping pills.

At this point I became desperate because I was having reduced sleep inspite of having taken the this drug. I resolved I will stop taking it. I remember one time I stayed on my bedroom chair for 5 days without feeling drowsy and staying up without sleep. During the day I suffered from headaches, bodily pains all over and was quite tearful. 

I spoke to my wonderful doctor about this and requesting that I really want to stop taking this drug, can he please help me. He brushed me off and told me not to worry nothing bad was going to happen to me. He referred me to a sleep clinic. The doctor there gave me a machine to take home to attach to myself at night and to bring it back to him the following day which I did. 

When I met him the following day he stated that all was well I shouldn't worry. I told him that I am truly worried what the long term impact will be on me continuing with this drug. His response was " This drug is absolutely safe you can take it for 99 years without any problems" Considering my years then I thought yes I probably I won't add 99 years any way (lol...) but I didn't stop worrying that I can't fall asleep without this drug. I was literally a slave to it. 

Having failed to get help from the sleep clinic I continued to use this drug. My sleep became reduced more and more.  I began to fear going to sleep. I feared the night . It was just horrible. All this I didn't understand. I prayed to God to help me. 

One night I just couldn't sleep the fear was overwhelmingly strong. I fell on the floor and cried my lungs out , I asked God to please rescue me from this mess. I spoke to my wonderful doctor again telling him about this fear that was engulfing me, now not only at night but also during the day.  

My wonderful doctor said I have ANXIETY and that he would help me. At that point I was really a mess. Fortunately I live alone and my adult children did not witness this terrifying episode of my life. It became obvious I needed help. My wonderful doctor prescribed a drug called Urbanol. 

I felt lucky and began to believe things were finally working out. Little did I know the worst was still coming. A few days later I began to have sweats before sleep time and I could again begin to feel a distant fear creeping back. 

The 2 most astonishing experiences I had were that I would sleep walk to the kitchen eat and not be aware of it. In the morning I would either find the fridge open or some plate on the table. 

The second one was that sitting on my bed at night being awake I would feel the presence of people standing around my bed talking to me and me talking back to them. A good friend of my really believed I was anointed with a gift of some kind ( lol.....) 

Reading more on this drug I was petrified that these two experiences were actually side effects. I spoke to my wonderful doctor about this and he said " I am moving you to something else that will help you." He gave me a drug I think called "Dormonoct." 

When I got home a powerful soft voice said " just don't take this , just don't take this " indeed I didn't I flushed them away. I knelt down and.prayed , prayed calling to God to help me because clearly no one was capable at that point to help me. I googled it and found it was not different from Zolpidem and it's side effects and withdrawal symptoms were even more terrifying. Clearly I was in trouble and my life taking a spirruling downturn. 

The following day I was on Google on my iPhone. As I was reading, another site just popped up and I closed it , continued to read , it popped up and the third time. When it popped up the 4th time I decided to open and read it. Guess what ? it was the Point of Return website !!!!!!

I read everything contacted them . They gave me hope, told me about the program. I was determined , I did everything they told me. I cleaned my diet, took my supplements religiously . 11 months later I am completely drug free and my healing has truly started !!!

I thank God who brought Point of Return (POR) to me. The welcome was heartwarming and the support was out of this world. Thank you to all at Point of Return !!

Terry your support was great my friend !!!! You went all out to make sure I get my parcels.

Alesandra you were and still are my heavenly given angel. God put you on my LIFE MASTER PLAN as His agent to restore and change my life and arrive at my point of return. Indeed I have arrived at my point of return . I am truly so grateful!

Nomusa (South Africa)

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At the time I contacted Point of Return (POR) my whole life had recently fell apart. I was going through a painful divorce, lost my job, house and community, and my health was going down the tubes as well. 

 Over the recent couple of years, I had been put on various meds to help me cope with my situation. Literally, I hadn’t been able to sleep without medication for years! My meds included: Clonazepam for anxiety, Zolpidem ( Ambien) for sleep and Celexa for depression.

My body had become dependent on all three of these meds. I was in bad shape- so bad in fact that it scared me. I contacted Alesandra at Point of Return, after my counselor had recommended the program, and she gave me great hope. She too had gone through tragic circumstances in her life, so we could easily relate to one another.

This was huge in my world. I began taking the recommended nutraceuticals. At that time, I also saw my doctor and he prescribed me a titrating supply of Ambien (Zolpidem), as  

recommended, and I began the titration process. It was a slow and gradual process to reduce my bodies dependence on Ambien. However, within 6 months I began being able to sleep on my own. It was amazing!

Next, I Titrated off Celexa, and finally Clonazepam. The Clonazepam was a bit difficult, and I do want to say that I had some dark days during this process. Doubt crept in, and as brain chemicals are forced to change and adapt, my thinking sometimes was off. It was at those times that I would often call and speak with Alesandra. Her counsel was a reassuring voice to me when I felt I was in a desperate place….

I am proud to say that I am now off all meds. I am now finishing up my program but am essentially well again- and so thankful for it! I simply cannot recommend Point of Return's withdrawal program highly enough for people whose bodies have become dependent on medication(s)…They know, they understand, and they are there to help you. May God bless you as you seek to restore your health and freedom.


cynthias ambien withdrawal success-story

"I am realy really happy to be free of meds and very grateful to everyone at POINT OF RETURN for what they have done for me and so many others."
Cynthia N.



When I had a bilateral total knee replacement at age 67 in April 2012, I didn’t want to take oral painkillers, so I got a 25mg Fentanyl patch and supplemented that with some Tylenol and Hydrocodone.  After about 7 weeks a PT said to me that Fentanyl becomes physiologically addicting at about 6 weeks.  I certainly hadn’t been told that by anyone prescribing it for me.  And I’d never before distinguished between psychological and physiological addiction. ( I wasn’t concerned about addiction because I knew that I wasn’t psychologically addicted.) At around the same time, I told the surgeon that I was still having a lot of pain, so he increased my Fentanyl dose to 50mg.  This made me sick.  So I went back to 25mg but by then I was starting to have other symptoms—feeling as if my muscles were closing in on me, making me want to jump out of my skin. Also tachycardia, chills, sweats, itchiness and feeling just kind of crazy.  

I’d already learned about POINT OF RETURN (POR) from a friend and started thinking it might help me deal with this.  So after helpful conversations with Andrea and Alessandra, I started the program.  My doctor didn’t want to write the script for tapering, so I got off Fentanyl her way—by going from 25 to 12 mg patch and then leaving it on for progressively longer periods, all the while taking Tramadol to help step down.  She said I should feel awful for a week or two and then I’d be OK.


But I wasn’t OK in 2 weeks or 3 weeks or 4 weeks.  I was afraid of the Support because of something someone said to me and because at first I thought I got worse after taking it.  Finally I started the regular dosage.  I got to the therapeutic level sometime in September and that is when I started getting relief from the awful symptoms. So then I realized that the Support was really the thing that had gotten me out of my withdrawal misery. ( In my desperation, one of the things I did was to talk to someone who manages the drug withdrawals at the local prison.  He told me that when prisoners come in who are withdrawing from Fentanyl they don’t treat them because they aren’t at risk of dying from the withdrawal.  This was actually somewhat comforting.)

In the meantime, it was so difficult to sleep with the jumpy aches that I started (or re-started) taking Ambien.  It did help me through the worst of it, but once I was through that I thought that the best way to get off the Ambien would be to taper off, so I stayed on the program for the Ambien taper.  By then it was clear to me how much I’d benefitted already and that there was no one else that I was getting care from had any idea how to help me with what I was suffering from.  Also I had developed confidence in the wisdom of making very gradual changes.  That’s one of the things that I’ve learned and will continue to apply when making other changes—nutritional or otherwise.  The body adapts incrementally.

I finished my Ambien taper on Feb. 28.

I knew going in that knee replacement would be hard, but no doctor and no one who’d been through it gave me any idea how hard.  I think people forget.  I know I’ve forgotten to some extent what it was like when I was suffering so much.  But I know that Andrea was always there for support and she steered me toward understanding or doing the right thing on many occasions.  It’s stunning to realize how misguided, misunderstood and harmful the use of meds is in our culture.  It is fantastic that this organization exists to help people affordably get meds out of their lives.

I appreciate the research that POR has put into the issue of drug withdrawal.  The understanding of how glutathione works with our receptors, and all the other understandings they have gained are filling a hugely needed gap in the area of medicine and health.

I am really really happy to be free of meds and very grateful to everyone at Point of Return for what they have done for me and so many others. Thank you!




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Our Ambien in-home weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to step down from Ambien under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist. The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Ambien until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical. Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help ease Ambien withdrawal symptoms and support well-being.*  

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis. Our In-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start the Ambien Withdrawal Program which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; goals; and interactions. Don't Wean Ambien alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.*

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