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Restoril Withdrawal and Tapering Help

"I followed there program and with magnificent results - Eric (Restoril)

Need Help to Get Off Restoril?  Have you tried to Stop Restoril and couldn’t?  Let our nonprofit help you with our holistic, calming approach to Restoril Withdrawal.  For the past 15 years we have used unique natural nutraceuticals, combined with Slow Restoril Taper Schedules and expert mentoring and guidance to help people Come Off Restoril in 78 countries.  Restoril was synthesized in 1964 and used for insomnia, becoming one of the most widely prescribed hypnotics on the market.  And like all benzodiazepines, Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms include severe insomnia, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, weak muscles, high blood pressure, headaches, vomiting, nausea and Restoril Withdrawal can be life-threatening if done too rapidly.  You do not have to suffer through horrible Restoril Withdrawal, let us help you to Stop Restoril the right way so you can Stay Off Restoril.  The success of our program is from unmatched personal service, outstanding natural nutraceuticals and our unique mentoring approach.  Contact Us For Help to Quit Restoril.

How the Program and Tapering Process works for Restoril

Our Restoril weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Restoril under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.  

The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Restoril until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.

Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Restoril withdrawal symptoms to improve mental and physical well-being.

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis.

At-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; and interactions. Don't Wean Restoril alone, with with our Prescription Drug Experts.  Start on your Point of Return today!

Imagine being Free of Restoril Addiction 

- Proven Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance

- Our secret is a Slow Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Restoril withdrawal symptoms

- Your program is customized for your specific situation

- Professional information on interactions

- 15 years of experience helping people in 78 countries

- Free Expert Mentoring on our 24/7 private Discussion Board

- Free Assessment Upon Starting our Program (a $400 value)

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      Restoril Withdrawal Success Stories

      I want to say there is hope for all of you who are going through a trial you feel will never end! The Point of Return program really works. more...

      Debbie (California) Restoril

      Restoril Withdrawal Success Stories

      The last piece of my 4-piece puzzle was answered by the Point of Return program.  You guys are awesome! more...

      Gilbert (Texas) Restoril

      Restoril Withdrawal Success Stories

      I can't say enough about Point of Return and the people that helped me,  extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I followed there program and with magnificent results. more...

      Eric (California) Restoril

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      At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people taper off benzodiazepines correctly. With customized withdrawal rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to taper off Restoril, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs

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      I will forever be grateful for your help, and I continue to tell others about your marvelous program of drug recovery when the opportunity presents itself. - Tom G. (Alabama, USA) - Restoril (Temazepam)  more...

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      I am proud of my accomplishment, completely and entirely due to you, your team and your program.

      by Dene Restoril, Lorazepam, Zolpidem, Zoloft, Klonopin, Gabapentin
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      Although it has been many months, I hold you close to my heart and am forever grateful to you all for helping me on my road to recovery and renewed health! I LOVE THE NEW PODCAST SERIES!! It’s GREAT to see you in person (almost). You are incredibly beautiful inside and out. God Bless and keep on spreading your healing. Love to the gang - with many thanks!!

      PS I’m off everything for many months now and doing well! Still have some sleeping issues but am working on it with strong exercise, meditation, good nutrition, vitamins, herbs and have come a long way….but more to go. I am proud of my accomplishment, completely and entirely due to you, your team and your Point of Return Program. Especially so when Medical doctors told me I would never be able to get off Ambien/Zolpidem! I am thrilled that I proved them wrong!!

      Dene H. (New York) - Restoril, Zoloft, Lorazepam, Klonopin, Gabapentin

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      From the moment I discovered your life-saving program, I felt understood and really cared for. 

      by Suzi Restoril, Pristiq
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      After giving birth to my beautiful daughter at the age of 41, I experienced extreme anxiety which led to many sleepless nights.  Having been trained in nutritional therapy I tried every natural remedy possible before asking my M.D. for help.  By this time I'd been having post partum depression issues for a few months and taking sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications seemed like the last resort.  I reluctantly went down that path thinking that I needed them for a short time to pull myself out of a crisis.  I was assured it would only be short term.  I was prescribed Zopiclone then Temazepam and Ativan when it did not help.  I had no idea what would happen next.

      Within the few months of trying to unsuccessfully withdraw from the meds myself, I'd worked my way up to a stronger prescription to get a decent night's sleep.  Days were plagued with an anxiety I'd never experienced before and nights were terrifying as I'd wake up with my heart beating uncontrollably.  Some days I was shaking so badly I could barely walk.  Still I persisted in trying to withdraw myself.  When I'd visit my doctor describing my symptoms, he prescribed additional drugs like Lyrica, Gabapentin and Seroquel--which did not help.   As much as I hated to take any more drugs, I relented when he said I should be on the anti-depressant Prisiq.

      Every ounce of my being wanted to be off these drugs as soon as possible so I could get back the health I'd so proudly built over the years but it seemed I was losing the battle.  I was scared, no, terrified of where my life was heading.  I have to remind myself that during this battle I was also expected to give 110% of myself to my growing daughter.--thank God I have a loving and supportive husband and family.  My days were long and nights were longer.  I know I needed to get help.

      Enter Point of Return.  From the moment I discovered your life-saving program, I felt understood and really cared for.  Andrea's compassion was unparalleled as she listened and made adjustments to my program.  When I hit a bump, she was there to walk me through it.  I remember thinking as I went through my day, "what would Andrea say" then I'd be comforted and empowered.  After 10 months of faithfully following the program, I am now free of all the medication.  When I began the progam I thought that I could never go that slowly in withdrawing but I was wrong.  I used that time to rebuild my health--body and mind.  Most days I would meditate at least once--I became reaquainted with peace.  Hope returned, I felt empowered to go the distance.  And here I am, at the other side.  I've returned to my life but it's better than it was before because I have such gratitude and appreciation for all that I have.  Many thanks to Andrea, specifically, and the team, in general. 

      You walked with me through the darkest cave of my life.

      Sincerely, Suzy L. (Nanaimo, BC) - Pristiq, Restoril

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      The Point of Return program works. Every piece of advice she gave me was proven true.  I am now sleeping GREAT and the support/sleep and relax has helped me with that!! It really, truly works! 

      by Debbie Restoril, Paxil, Neurontin
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      First of all, I want to say there is hope for all of you who are going through a trial you feel will never end!

        I was addicted to a sleeping pill for 4 years that turned on me and stopped working. My doc told me to go cold turkey off of it which in turn sent me into the worst hell of my life…withdrawal!! I thought I was going to die…from panic attacks to tremors to wondering if I would ever be normal again. After multiple doctors, more drugs and NO answers, I then found Point of Return (POR)!  

      Alesandra was my angel on the other end of that phone call walking me through how to conquer this!  She was the most sensitive, loving person who gave me so much hope to push forward. She could relate to me because of all that she had gone through. Her book made me feel like I had known her forever. 

      I never thought I would sleep again, but Alesandra kept telling me to hold on and be patient. The Point of Return program works. Every piece of advice she gave me was proven true.  I am now sleeping GREAT and the support/sleep and relax has helped me with that!! It really, truly works! 

      I give the glory to God for directing my path to Alesandra and the team! 

      Debbie H. , (California) - Restoril, Paxil, Neurontin

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      I would like to take this opportunity to thank Point of Return for a job well done. 

      by Gilbert Restoril, Trazodone
      temazepam withdrawal success stories

      I asked my wife to schedule our family’s annual check-up and she told me that it could be by mid-March of 2009, in time for the kids Spring Break. The moment she told me the schedule, I began to experience some sort of negative thoughts about the result. And because of a long waiting time, everyday was like a torture to me about my health. After a while, I began to experience those sleepless nights which I tried to alleviate with wine every dinner, heavy coffee every morning and some tea in the afternoon.  I didn't know I was brewing a disaster, because of sleeplessness, heavy caffeine plus alcohol.          

      March 3, I was at the office when I felt this troubling sensation, numbness of extremities, shortness of breath, dizziness; heart pounding and I thought I was having a heart attack.  I asked a friend to rush me to a hospital. I thought that was the end of me.  A nurse asked questions and put me on machines, checked my vitals and gave me Ativan shot.  In 15 minutes or so, the doctor and told me that my heart was good.  It was nothing, just a "Panic Attack" – that was some new words to me. They gave me a few more tablets of Ativan and sent me home.  The doctor told me to take one-half of 2 mg pill in the morning, the other half in the afternoon and take the whole 2 mg at night and I should be fine. There was no mention about the nature of this Ativan pill and how long should I take this or when to stop and how this would affect me.

      The first two weeks, Ativan worked really well, but after that, the feel-good effects gradually faded. A few more days later, my anxiety and depression grew bigger in me due to sleeplessness.  I didn’t have depression before taking the Ativan pill.  So our family doctor added Paxil to my meds.  I took it and stopped immediately after 2 days.  It gave me body tremor and extreme anxiety.  Then he replaced it with Prozac, which I took only for a day for the same reason.  It gave me more body tremor and seizure-like symptoms. After a month or so, I developed this panicky feeling and chronic insomnia.  My doctor asked me to just stop everything including Ativan (cold-turkey) and he replaced them all with Temazepam (Restoril) 30mg and Trazodone 100mg. My sleep went to zero the first few days then improved after a week then gone again.  At that point, my body was deteriorating and I was loosing weight fast.  The meds were not helping at all and the symptoms abruptly came with so much pain and mental torture.  

      I was in agony day and night for months.  But I still need to work to support my family.  I couldn’t simply make the world stop so I could take a rest.  I have a young family to support.  At times, I just walk out of my office because of this overwhelming frustration and pain.  We have acres of tree-lined ground and a man-made mini-lake/water falls in the office campus.  Somehow the environment had a calming effect on me.  I walk alone praying and most of the time blaming myself for taking those drugs.  I couldn’t believe that those pills were capable of taking me hostage in my own body for a very short period of time since I started taking them.

      One day I was in the office attending a meeting, I thought I was loosing my mind.  I was hyperventilating, my brain was aching, and my body was in tremor and in excruciating pain.  I ran to the bathroom and I soaked my head with water to alleviate the pain.  I was relieved for a moment then it came again.  It went on and on and getting worst everyday.  Then one crazy day, I stopped taking any medication in hope that the symptoms will go away.  I was wide-awake for several days counting the seconds and minutes.  I could hear the ticking of my wall clock the entire time.  I had a weak body, foggy mind, tremors in my muscles, and my sanity was fading.  My wife didn’t know how to help me.  It was extremely devastating to her, too.  I took my pills back but I gained no solace.  I was a full- blown train wreck.

      I knew I had to do something about the situation and I need to do it quickly because doom was coming in too fast.  I analyzed my situation and contemplated on how to deal with it head-on. I realized, I need to tackle 4 areas in my life that would help my current condition, my health condition, my thought process, my sleep (or lack of it) and my spirituality.  I started to eat healthy and natural food with lots of vegetables and lean protein. Then I enrolled to a fitness gym to get a daily light work out. I saw some improvements especially after the work out.  hey say it’s because the body releases endorphins after the exercise.  At that stage, I take any form of relief, even for just a few minutes. I also attended a Christian Life Program about this time.  It was my wife who convinced me to attend. This Christian renewal 8-weekend program has helped me regain my spiritual footing and self-confidence. But that was not enough because I still need to work out my anxiety and thought processes.  I bought this popular attacking anxiety and depression program from the Internet.  I learned a lot about this program and it yielded a very good result towards my healing. There was a tremendous improvement since I started my all-out combat against the pills.  Weeks later, I planned to start tapering my meds all by myself so I searched the internet if there was anything out there that can help. I found the Ashton taper method but it was vaguely explained.  I need something to ease the body pain. The next day, I searched the internet again and this time I found a website that explains how to taper properly with supplements to help the symptoms and there was a lot of Testimonial, too.  I immediately called out the number and somebody on the line answered, she was Andrea, one of the sweetest voices I heard over the phone.  I almost cried when she offered me a solution to my problem.  My prayers have finally been answered.  And yes….it was the Point of Return office still taking phone calls even after office hours or maybe I was just lucky that day.

      The reason you’re reading this Testimonial is because I made it clean.  I am still healing and having a wonderful time with my beautiful wife and two teenage daughters.  Today is our 14th wedding anniversary and this is a wonderful gift to us.  This entire experience is life changing for the better. 

      The last piece of my 4-piece puzzle was answered by the Point of Return program.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrea, Alesandra and Terry for a job well done.  God bless your hearts.  Special thanks also to Rachel and Wendy and the forum friends who were there with me all the way. It was like a family in the forum, no one is a stranger.  You guys are awesome!!!!!

      POR Rocks!

      Much love,

      Gilbert M. (Texas) Restoril, Trazodone

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      We will spend the rest of our days enjoying life and singing the praises of Point of Return to which we owe a debt of immense gratitude.

      by Tom G. Restoril, Lexapro
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      In May of 2005, I retired from Science (Chemistry / Physics / Biology / Anatomy) teaching after 39 successful and enjoyable years in the states of Alabama and Georgia in which I won numerous awards for teaching excellence.

      Eight months prior to retiring, my wife and I built our dream home in the mountains of NE Alabama. The house was "built at a distance" with not enough supervision on our part, as neither of us had had any prior experience with the building of a home. To make a long story short, we ended up selling the house seven months later at a tremendous loss due to the fact that it was inadvertently built over a high water table, which caused problems during heavy rains in the Fall/Winter of 2005.

      My wife and I became actively involved in a church in our new hometown nestled in the mountains of NE Alabama where the "mountains meet the lakes".  We hated to leave the area where God sent us, but there were no other suitable homes at the time of the sale so we ended up moving to another location 130 miles away. My wife and I were never really able to "get connected" to another church in this location, even though we visited several. We have since moved again and are attending a church but not actively involved like we would like to be.

      My problem began when I commenced to worry about the loss of the money on the house we built, as well as the dashing of the dreams we had carefully planned. Having retired, I was no longer immersed in teaching/shaping lives which I dearly loved, and I felt as though I had lost my identity. Also, the town we moved to didn't have any soft running surfaces which I had always been fortunate enough to have as an aging distance runner. These three factors caused the worrying to escalate.

      In May of 2006, I went to see a medical doctor for anxiety/mild depression. He later referred me to a psychiatrist. I was prescribed Xanax (0.5 mg), Lexapro (20 mg), and Temazepam (30 mg). These three meds threw my life into an unimaginable tailspin. I had no idea the drugs, which were supposed to be treating me, would end up almost totally destroying my life. I began to feel more anxious, depressed, and began to have real issues with sleep. The Temazepam was just "knocking me out" but not allowing me to have normal, deep sleep and was leaving me even more fatigued. The Xanax and Lexapro were causing even more anxiety and increasing the depression. I even experienced a panic attack shortly  after beginning the drugs, and my sisters from miles away came to see me. They knew that something was terribly wrong. The psychiatrist admitted me to the hospital for a few days, and told me it would take up to six months for the antidepressant to achieve maximum effectiveness, after which I should be able to taper off within six weeks. However, he kept me on the drugs for over a year after that. By then the drugs were well on their way to causing a total destruction of my personality and life.

      Consequently, I had to give up the sport which had become so much a part of my life for 45 years due to the side effects the drugs were causing. Among the side-effects I experienced were increased anxiety/depression, panic attacks, dizziness, vertigo, fatigue, bleeding gums, heart palpitations, leg pain, blurred vision, tinnitus, headache, nosebleeds, chest tightness, weight gain, skin flushing, and more too numerous to mention. In the past running had been a great stress reliever, but I was now unable to even enjoy running, or life for that matter. I had attained 492 running awards. The goal I set in 1979 was to get 500 awards, so I fell eight short of the goal. I qualified and participated three times in the Boston Marathon along my running journey with qualifying times of 2:44, 2:48, and 2:49 during the years of 1981-83.

      By now, because of my declining health due to being slowly poisoned, I decided I had to take myself off the three drugs which were destroying me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I was a true "basket case" and had intense feelings  of helplessness and hopelessness. On hindsight, I now realize the drugs were causing those feelings as they were altering my thinking. I had no desire to live, and suicidal feelings, due largely to the drugs, began to emerge which were extremely frightening.

      From numerous articles written by truth-seeking psychiatrists and other medical professionals, I have concluded that the entire field of psychiatry is completely unscientific. Patients like myself are being "diagnosed" with "chemical imbalances" despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim. There is no clear-cut lab test to prove the existence of a chemical imbalance, and there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like. Totally unrestrained, psychiatrists continue to harm in the name of help. By their own admission, psychiatrists do not know how to cure a single mental problem and they do not know how their treatments affect patients. For more information of this pseudoscientific field, please Google "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" and watch the various youtubes.

      I knew in my heart that God had more work for my wife and me to do, so I decided I must find some way to live. God provided me with a wonderful companion in life, and had it not been for her compassionate love and care I could not have made it. I had to live for her. Neither of us fully comprehended what was going on in our lives during the time of this tragedy. As we look back, we know it was the work of Satan whose purpose was to "steal, kill, and destroy" our life together. He did not want us to fulfill God's plan  for our life. But Christ is far greater and had a better plan through POINT OF RETURN.

      In desperation, I began to search the web for information on how to withdraw from these horrible drugs.  But much to my dismay, I could not find any answers. I came away with more questions than answers, especially after consulting numerous "benzo / antidepressant blogs". The search essentially amounted to the blind trying to lead the blind. Nevertheless, I had a persistent determination to live and spent most of each day surfing the web trying to find answers as to how to withdraw from the poisons which had been pushed on me by the all too familiar "drug pushers in white lab coats" masquerading as medical doctors.

      I decided that if I wanted to live, I had to come off the mind-altering drugs which were literally engulfing every aspect of my being. As a scientist, I started experimenting on my own to try to withdraw before it was too late. I began to taper by shaving off an ever so small amount of the Xanax and Lexapro each day. I knew this was a imprecise process of withdrawal, but I had no other options at my disposal at the time. The withdrawal symptoms from this tapering process initially were not too great. The real jolt to my body came as I continued to reduce for a few more weeks, eventually having to go back on the Lexapro because of unbearable withdrawal symptoms. I was able to stay off the Xanax since my initial prescription for it was very small. The Lexapro withdrawal was presenting real problems however, as anxiety and depression were settling in once again. Within a week I had to go back on the Lexapro just to keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay. In addition, the side-effects of the drugs were causing my skin to age drastically along with other horrible side-effects. The health of the skin is a good indication of what might be happening inside which, of course, one cannot see. I was slowly dying and didn't know where to turn.

      I continued to search the web for hours on end each day for help. Finally the Lord directed me to the POR home withdrawal program, and the rest is history. On Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2008. I emailed Alesandra Rain, and she responded in surprisingly short order and introduced me to the program. Shortly thereafter, I began the program of supplements and compassionate care by one who fully understood my dilemma because she has been there herself, and she was ready and willing to offer the help I so desperately needed.

      I followed the program religiously and listened intently to Alesandra as she led me out of darkness and despair which had plagued my life for the past two + years. She is the best encourager I have ever encountered in my 63 years of existence. I discovered quickly that Alesandra has the "patience of Job," as evidenced by the fact that she patiently and quickly answered seemingly hundreds of questions I posed to her. I was in "good hands" with POINT of RETURN and on the road to total recovery. She "stuck" with me to the very end, as she kept promising she would do in seemingly voluminous emails I received from her throughout the withdrawal phase.

      I was able to withdraw from Lexapro first and then the Temazepam (Restoril) with little to no withdrawal symptoms during a period of seven months while on the POR program. I took my last amount of the final drug (Temazepam) on the 19th of October, 2008, and today I can honestly say I am on the road to total recovery from the horrible drugs. Had it not been for POR, I would not be writing this testimonial today.

      To celebrate my freedom from drugs, my wife and I scaled the 3rd highest peak in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (Mt. LeConte) a couple of weeks ago. It was an 11 mile round trip journey which we completed in six hours. This challenging hike is something we had always wanted to do, and I thank the Lord that we were able to accomplish the task which would have been unheard of for me just a few short months ago.

      My advice to anyone who is on psychotropic drugs, and intent on getting off, is to utilize the POR protocols. Follow the team's advice and you, too, can be set free from these horrible poisons. I tried to withdraw on my own, as I was ignorant at the time of any such program in existence. The POR program needs to be proclaimed on every major news network in the world!! I know that such proclamations will never happen because of BIG PHARMA, the FDA, the FTC, and the AMA (Medical Doctors) who can all be viewed collectively as the "good ole boy network." This united group feels that the way to sell drugs is to sell psychiatric mental illness. They are all "in bed together" with a desire to push these horrible poisons on the unsuspecting public for monetary gain.

      Today I received a Certificate of Achievement for having completed the program. That certificate, along with about a 3/4 inch stack of emails from Alesandra which I bound in a folder, is something which I will always keep and treasure. They represent the saving of another life. Add me, dear Alesandra, to the 15,000+ in 47 countries which have been miraculously saved through the thoroughly researched program of drug recovery you and Andrea co-founded.

      My wife and I would someday like to meet Alesandra and the entire POR team (Andrea, Terry and Dr. Code), and we would like to personally thank them for saving my life. Maybe it will happen if we can go West to visit the Grand Canyon and hike to the bottom and back, which I once did 42 years ago with a college classmate (Joe Lary). The next stop after the hike on our trip out West will certainly be Malibu, California and POINT OF RETURN, the saving oasis of my life.

      What does the future hold for us? Well, I am slowly recovering my health, and we are ready to move back to the area of NE Alabama where the Lord initially sent us, to work in the harvest field before being temporarily side-tracked by Satan, the enemy of everyone's soul.

      My skin is taking on a more youthful appearance, and I am beginning to sleep normally and deeply once again as Alesandra promised. My wife and I are consistently walking eight miles each day at a 15-minute per mile pace with wrist weights. I hope to soon get back to running as well. It's a great feeling being fully alive rather than half dead. The main lesson I have learned from this tragedy is that life is fragile and should not be taken for granted, and that we should live each day as if it were our last, because it very well could be. My wife and I now believe our best days are ahead of us. We will spend the rest of our days enjoying life and singing the praises of POR to which we owe a debt of immense gratitude.

      These messengers of God, helped me out of the murky clay and back to life. Believe me and countless others, it can be done if you will only take the first step. Each additional step will become easier. I can truthfully promise that you will make it though all this, as I was reassured countless times. Trust me, you will not be alone on the journey, for God's messengers will be there to help you every step of the way to RISE above the drug problems you face!

      Tom G. (Alabama) Restoril, Lexapro

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      I can't say enough about point of Return and the people that helped me, extremely  knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I followed there program and with magnificent results.

      by Eric Restoril
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      I just wanted to thank Point of Return and tell my story in hopes it will help others.  I started taking Temazapam (Restoril)in 2010 I had severe health issues, Colon Cancer, and severe neck issues.  I knew that with taking Benzos there was no free lunch but I had to sleep. It started out fine, I was sleeping 6-7 hours with the medicine. Fast forward to May of 2015, I was sleeping 2-3 hours if I was lucky. I was somewhat in panic mode realizing my sleep situation was a disaster.

      So the only option I had was to do a detox/rehab 14 day program. The more research I did on that the only positive was insurance covered 14 days. The problem was the program made little sense and people who did that said if you had taken benzos for any length of time the 14 day program was torturous and ineffective so I ruled that out. 

      As I got more desperate I looked into some programs in Utah, they looked effective but probably 6-9 months stay in my situation and $200-400 thousand out of pocket with no help from insurance so I ruled that out. So my third and best option was Point of return. I started in May of 2015 and did a ten month taper (finished the end of February 2016).  I am now sleeping 5-7 hours naturally as of April 2016.

      I can't say enough about point of Return and the people that helped me (Andrea, Alesandra and Terry), extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I followed there program and with magnificent results. I have continued to call them and get helpful advice even after the weaning. I did thorough research on my options and considered Point of Return the most knowledgeable and cost effective of all the choices.

      Eric S. (California) Restoril

      Learn more about Point of Return's Sleeping Pill Withdrawal Program.

      My beautiful life that I treasured so much is returning to me and because of Point of Return.

      by Cara Restoril, Clonazepam
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      About 8 years ago, when I was busy raising my children, I went to my Doctor complaining of not being able to sleep.  She told me that she had an answer for me and handed me a prescription for this "magic" little pill called Temazepam (Restoril).  I was very nervous about taking it because I very rarely took any medication, including over-the-counter, but I felt so desperate for sleep that I took the pill.  It was amazing, I fell asleep immediately and slept through the night.  I was sure that this pill was a miracle. 

      Fast forward about seven years.  In October of 2011, I was having ear problems and went to see an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor.  He proceeded to prescribe a very high dose of Prednisone to take away inflammation and told me to take it for 10 days and then just stop taking it.  From that day on, my life became a nightmare.  Sleep was not to be had even after my doctor doubled my dose of Temazepam (Restoril), I was having brain zaps, I was tingling all over, trembling, and many other horrible symptoms. 

      It was at that time that I became desperate for an answer as to what was going on.  After searching for hours on the internet, I came across the Point of Return website.  I dialed the number three or four times and hung up before I had the nerve to speak with someone on the other end.  When I finally completed the call, I left a message and within about ten minutes an angel named Alesandra called me back.  I was a blubbering mess and she was able to calm me down and told me everything I was so desperate to hear, and that was that I was not crazy and what I was probably going through was tolerance withdrawal from the Temazepam.  Everything Alesandra said made sense and gave me great hope.  My life as I had known it was gone and here was this beautiful voice telling me that everything would be okay and that I could get my life back. 

      After switching to Clonazepam to taper, I began a 10 month journey back to life.  The process was difficult but with the support of the POR staff and the loving support that I received on their private forum, I made that journey back.  It has been 13 months since I took my last Benzodiazepine and I feel so free.  My beautiful life that I treasured so much is returning to me and because of Point of Return, I will soon be starting nursing school, at the ripe old age of 48, and I can hardly wait.  If you are reading this and feel that there is no hope left, pick up the phone and make that life changing phone call.  I promise you that you will not regret it.

      Cara H., (New Mexico) - Restoril, Clonazepam

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      I was a poster child for the program.  I followed it religiously and strived to make every day count toward my success.

      by Wendy Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Restoril (Temazepam)
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      On my most blessed days I am asked why I look so good and I am ecstatic when I’m given the opportunity to truly answer that question.  Recently I was told that I “look like a million bucks” and my reply was “I feel like five million!”  It is very difficult to explain to others who may not understand how truly amazing it feels to finally be happy, joyful and full of life.  These are the results of my experience with Point of Return along with my relationship with Jesus Christ.

      I spent 15 long and frustrating years on prescription medications and by all of the world’s mindset I had every right to be on most of those drugs.  I had struggled thru my mother’s suicide and a young failed marriage that produced a severely handicapped child.  After my second marriage, my older brother and best friend committed suicide also.  It was then that I was diagnosed with clinical depression and the roller coaster ride of legal drugs began.  I was later diagnosed as bipolar after the tragic, accidental death of my second son at 12 years old.  The merry-go-round of prescription drugs ensued while I voluntarily continued my addiction to smoking and a few illegal drugs for added misery.  I joined the ranks of poor souls admitted to a mental facility and was tossed around from one diagnosis to another.

      Eventually, I decided to stop the madness but not before I learned that I was entrapped in the worst kind of addiction… benzodiazepines.  I was the host to several different types of the legal poison including KLONOPIN, XANAX, ATIVAN and RESTORIL (TEMAZAPAM).  Enhanced with several other glowing additions of drugs for added spice I ignorantly embarked on a cold-turkey withdrawal that produced the very worst kind of misery and torture known to mankind.  I went for literally weeks at a time without ANY sleep and my body was in turmoil to say the very least.  I searched high and low for answers and tried every natural remedy and supplement known to man with no success.  Still I was determined.  With my faith in Jesus Christ and my eye on freedom I pressed on.

      In April of 2007 my life changed forever.  I found the POINT OF RETURN website.  I had been conducting the exact same search on the web for months but had come up empty.  On that day I found my answer.  With a guarded heart I sent my inquiry in via the website and within THREE MINUTES my cell phone was ringing.  The voice I heard on the other end was the softest, most loving and understanding sound I had ever heard.  FINALLY, someone understood and had a clue of the private living hell I had been enduring.  Alesandra Rain became my friend and partner in the quest to be free.  She immediately sent me the program by over night delivery and when I hung up with her that night I fell down on my living room floor all alone with God and I cried.  Finally, I was crying tears of relief and not tears of pain and frustration.  For some reason, Alesandra had given me hope and I had no doubt that I had found the answer.

      I was a poster child for the program.  I followed it religiously and strived to make every day count toward my success.  Within a few weeks I was feeling better.  Every time I thought I couldn’t feel any better I learned I was wrong and it just kept getting better.  In mid-November of 2007 I took my final dose of prescription medication and I have been drug free ever since!  The nutrition on the program was the answer to my prayers and assisted with the restored health to my brain and my body.  As Alesandra and her loving team continued encouraging me to be patient I regained my health and most importantly I regained my joy and my zeal for life.  I don’t remember feeling so good.  I now sleep like a baby and live every single day to its fullest.  I live in a small town and people have known me for many years.  Not many days go by in recent times that someone doesn’t comment on how good I look and seem to feel.  I am so overjoyed that my health shows in my attitude.  I am enjoying my marriage of 23 years and also my youngest son who at 16 is the light of my life.  I am pursuing bible college and will be certified within the Assembly of God Church as a pastor very soon.  It will be exciting to see what God does with my life as I grow to spread the good news of all that He can do with a little faith and determination.

      I was recently blessed to meet Alesandra in person and the experience can hardly be described.  Needless to say we were destined to cross paths.  My passion for telling others of the horrors of prescription drug use and abuse is huge and I am delighted to help others to find the peace and freedom that I have found.  It is my hope that God will continue to allow me the pleasure of sharing the story He has given me for the sole purpose of encouraging others.

      Wendy H. (Texas) - Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Restoril (Temazepam)

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      I just finished the Point of Return program and want to let you know how I'm doing. I went on vacation and thought I would get off Temazepam. The VA had me on it for over 4 years. I did 11 days cold turkey and it was the vacation from hell. We found Point of Return (POR) on the web and I called and talked to Alesandra. I ordered the materials and began the program. There's no way I could have gotten off this drug on my own. It was destroying my life and my health. 2 weeks ago I finished the program. Just as advertised comfortably in my own home I did it. All I can say is "Thank You!" I just wish the VA Health Care System would use your program. I went in there in the middle of full blown withdrawl and they didn't know what to do with me. I'm so glad we found you on the internet. I've presented it to them but they aren't known for doing what works. You can use any or all of this statement any way you want. I just want to say "Thank You" again, you've been a Godsend.         

      Danny R. (Pennsylvania) - Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Restoril (Temazepam)

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      Restoril Side Effects May Include

      dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, nausea, nervousness, sluggishness, Abdominal discomfort, abnormal sweating, agitation, anxiety, backache, blurred vision, burning eyes, confusion, constant, involuntary movement of the eyeball, depression, diarrhea, difficult or labored breathing, dry mouth, exaggerated feeling of well-being, fluttery or throbbing heartbeat, hallucinations, hangover, increased dreaming, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, loss of equilibrium, loss of memory, nightmares, over stimulation, restlessness, tremors, vertigo, vomiting, weakness

      Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms May Include

      aggression, anxiety, balance issues , blurred vision, brain zaps, concentration impairment, constipation, crying spells, depersonalization, diarrhea, dizziness. electric shock sensations, fatigue, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, hostility, highly emotional, indigestion, irritability, impaired speech, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lack of coordination, lethargy, migraine headaches / increased headaches, nausea, nervousness, over-reacting to situations, paranoia, repetitive thoughts or songs, sensory & sleep disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathisia), stomach cramps, tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing), tingling sensations, troubling thoughts, visual hallucinations / illusions, vivid dreams, speech or visual changes, worsened depression

      Restoril Abrupt Discontinuation Symptoms May Include

      abdominal and muscle cramps, convulsions, feeling of discomfort, inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, sweating, tremors, vomiting

      Restoril history and info

      Restoril is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine, approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Chronic use of Restoril can cause drug tolerance and this can develop rapidly, therefore Restoril is only recommended for short-term use (1-2 weeks). In use longer than 1-2 weeks, tolerance or dependency to Restoril can rapidly develop, causing the inability of Restoril to maintain sleep.  Some studies have shown tolerance to Restoril can occur in as little as one week, whereas other studies showed no issue of tolerance in 6 days.

      Restoril (Temazepam) is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine, approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia.  Temazepam was first synthesized in 1969 and by the 1980s became one of the most popular and widely prescribed hypnotics on the market.

      While Temazepam (Restoril) was shown in laboratory sleep studies to decrease the number of nightly awakenings but has the disadvantage of distorting the normal sleep pattern. In the UK the prescribing guidelines of hypnotics are restricted to 2-4 weeks due to concerns of tolerance and dependence.  In the United States Temazepam (Restoril) is approved as “no-go pills” to help special-duty personnel and aviators sleep for mission readiness.

      A current study is underway from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to analyze the effects of pharmaceuticals on fish to determine the life-cycle exposure and alterations from Temazepam (Restoril) individually and then combined with anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and a muscle relaxants since this combination is typically found in streams flowing into the Great Lakes.

      The main pharmacological action of Restoril is to increase the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid GABA. This causes sedation, motor impairment, ataxia, anxiolysis, an anticonvulsant effect, muscle relaxation, and a reinforcing effect. 

      As with all benzodizepines, Restoril produces addictive central nervous system effects when taken with other medications that depress the CNS, such as barbiturates, other benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, antihistamines, anesthetics and alcohol.

      Restoril had the highest rate of drug intoxication (including overdose), among benzodiazepines in cases with and without alcohol combined (1985 study).  A 1995 Australian study found that overdose with Temazepam (Restoril) was more likely to lead to coma than other benzodiazepines.


      The FDA states:
      • Withdrawal symptoms. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking RESTORIL (Temazepam) suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures shakiness, stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting and sweating. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping RESTORIL (Temazepam) to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
      • Abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
      • Abuse and dependence. Taking RESTORIL (Temazepam) can cause physical and psychological dependence. Physical and psychological dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical and psychological dependence and drug addiction.
      • Severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, trouble breathing, and nausea and vomiting. Get emergency medical help right away if you have these symptoms after taking RESTORIL (Temazepam).


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