Words from Helen
HELEN'S ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORY.
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 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.
HELEN'S ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORY cont.
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! 😁
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by Mike G. (California)
When I was 25 I went through a seemingly arbitrarily traumatic few weeks. It's difficult to go into detail because I'm still not quite sure what caused it. It landed me in a spiral of anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It was so scary for me that I was willing to take any pill the doctor handed me with promise of relief.
For me, that pill was Paxil. I took it for about 6 months all while also improving my lifestyle habits. I quit drinking. I began exercising more, doing yoga and meditation, and eating healthier. I'm not 100% positive I can attribute my recovery to the medication but I did get better. Eventually I was just tired of being tethered to this pill and afraid of missing my dose. I felt that I had adjusted and didn't need it anymore. It was time to get off my medication. I asked my doctor and she told me it would be fine to taper by cutting my dose in half for a week, then taking that dose every other day for another week, and being completely off Paxil by the third week. This almost immediately did not go well. Within two days it seemed that my initial symptoms had come back. It was too much and I went back on Paxil by the third day. I was pretty distraught and scared that I'd never be able to stop taking the medication. I made the mistake of reading every nightmare story that existed on the internet (don't do this it's not helpful) before seeking out some help with tapering.
This help came in the form of Point of Return. As with most things, I was very skeptical and felt like I needed to speak to someone directly before starting the program. The person I got in contact with was Alesandra. Not only did she seem to be very knowledgable and professional, but she was the most compassionate, friendly and genuine person I've ever spoke to over the phone from an organization.
She gave me the confidence to try tapering again with the program and validated that my first bad experience on my own wasn't "in my head" when I doubted myself. When comparing tapering on my own to tapering with the program, she used the phrase "night and day". I was hopeful but still a little bit skeptical. By the time I began tapering with Point of Return, I had been on Paxil for 8 months. Night and day turned out to be dead on. I think I had the ideal experience, because I felt literally zero withdrawal symptoms. The process was pain free for me. It's been more than a year since I've been on any medication.
I'm so grateful for not just the Paxil Withdrawal Program itself but the quality of people that work for this company. I'm a very sensitive person to other people's attitudes so I was extra appreciative of how willing and happy they were to return all of my voicemails and emails with specific and tedious questions throughout the process. Thank you so much. Forever grateful.
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DENISE'S ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORY
About a year ago, I embarked on a journey to stop taking Lexapro, an antidepressant I had been on for 18 years. I had bee n wanting to stop taking it but had no idea how to do it. I had a long history of being abused and suffered much trauma and abuse for many years. I had had 19 surgeries during this time, also. After my last divorce, I began seeking counseling at a local spouse abuse center. She was a wonderful Christian who helped me get started in the early stages of this journey. Eventually, I wanted to stop taking the antidepressant because I no longer had trauma in my life. I was afraid, however, but the Lord put a man across my path on FB who had also gotten off of Lexapro.
After several conversations, he informed me about "Point of Return" and Alesandra Rain. She was my go-to there and instructed me in the tapering of the Lexapro. She instilled in me much hope and was so compassionate and caring. I have a much better life now. I am mostly content and have so much more energy! I have had no depressive episodes since I started! I'm so grateful for my FB friend and Alesandra! I had so many friends praying for me also during the tapering. God is so good! I hope that anyone who is seeking to change their life by stopping these medications finds "Point of Return"! Thank you, Lord, for it and for Alesandra!
Denise S. (Kentucky) ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORY
Denise S. (Kentucky)
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