Rivotril Withdrawal and Tapering Help
"Point Of Return has given me my life back! - Christina (Rivotril / Clonazepam)
Are you looking for Help to Get Off Rivotril? Have you tried to Stop Restoril and the symptoms were too hard? Let our nonprofit help you with our holistic, calming approach to Rivotril Withdrawal. For the past 15 years we have a holistic approach to lessen Rivotril Side Effects and Rivotril Withdrawal Symptoms, combined with Slow Rivotril Taper Schedules, expert mentoring and guidance to help people Come Off Rivotril in 78 countries. Rivotril Withdrawal Symptoms include severe insomnia, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, weak muscles, high blood pressure, headaches, vomiting, nausea and Rivotril Withdrawal can be life-threatening if done too rapidly. You do not have to suffer through Rivotril Withdrawal, the long half-life of the drug makes it easier to control if it’s done properly. let us help you to Quit Rivotril the right way so you can Stay Off Rivotril. The success of our program is from unmatched personal service, outstanding natural nutraceuticals and our unique mentoring approach. Contact Us For Help to Quit Rivotril.
How Our Program and Tapering Process Works for Rivotril Withdrawal
Our Rivotril Weaning Program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Rivotril under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.
The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not Wean until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.
Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Rivotril 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 on any herbs, vitamins, and over-the-counter items you are currently ingesting to ensure there are no interactions. Don't Wean Rivotril alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.
Imagine being Free of Rivotril Addiction
- Proven Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance
- Our secret is a Slow Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Rivotril withdrawal symptoms
- Your program is customized for your specific situation
- Professional information on herb/vitamin/over-the-counter 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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Rivotril Withdrawal Success Stories
With the toolbox Point of Return has given me, I have faith that I can remain medication-free. I am very grateful!
Helen (Maryland) Clonazepam (Rivotril)
The return of joy in my home and happiness on the faces of my children make me confident that you, too, will find hope at Point of Return.
Suzanne (Kentucky) Rivotril
Please TRUST Point of Return. TRUST their personnel. They DO understand, they possess the knowledge, and their programme and products WORK! more...
Carolyn (Canada) Rivotril
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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 taper rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to come off Rivotril, once and for all, from the comfort of your home.
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I know this will sound corny but I do thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, thank you and I thank the entire Point of Return staff. You are a remarkable group of people.by Heloise (Nevada) Rivotril (Klonopin) Clonazepam
I just want you to know that at 2200 this Monday evening of May 6, 2019, I took my final tapering dose of Rivotril / Clonazepam liquid solution, a substitute solution from Xanax. I finished my 190-day tapering journey successfully!! The last 20 days were "unremarkable." The entire journey was "unremarkable." The Point of Return (POR) program truly works. One needs acceptance, patience and tolerance and lots of guidance and support to get thru this journey successfully.
I'll never forget the day, Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 0745 - Alesandra Rains returned my call. I will never forget that reassuring voice. At last, I found someone who understand what I was going thru. I started my tapering journey on Oct. 22, 2018. And so I did as directed. And the rest is history.
I thank you for all your help and guidance. You are an amazing mentor and an amazing person. Everything you told me was true. "No worry, it gets better. You are doing well Heloise. You'll be done before you know it."
I know it is not over yet. Now I know what it means that true healing begins after you finish your tapering journey. I feel great and nervous at the same time. Another journey is about to begin but this time I am free of that terrible drug. Free at last!!!
I know this will sound corny but I do thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, thank you and I thank the entire Point of Return staff. You are a remarkable group of people.
Also, my hair, like you said, is coming back. I seem to be gaining the hair I lost while in this journey. And the bags under my eyes are not noticeable anymore. My energy and appetite are back!! My face look healthy again! If you ever in Las Vegas, please give me a call. I would really like to meet you.
I like everybody to know that the Point of Return Withdrawal Program is the best way and it works! Also, the Point of Return nutraceuticals really help. I don't think I could have gone through this journey free of withdrawal symptoms without the Support, Relax, Sleep and Mood supplements. They are amazing. BTW, I slept uninterrupted from 12 midnight to 0430 - went to the Bathroom then went back to bed and got up at 0710. I don't have to set my alarm tonight for my 0600 AM dose!
May God bless you and your staff.
Heloise (Nevada) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin) (clonazepam withdrawal)
I simply cannot recommend Point of Return highly enough for people whose bodies have become dependent on medication(s)…They know, they understand, and they are there to help you.
by Joel C. (Washington) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Ambien, Celexa
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 / Rivotril 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 in March of 2018. 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 / Rivotril. The Clonazepam / Rivotril 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 as of 1/1/19 I have been off all medications. 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.
Point Of Return (POR) has given me my life back! I would hate to know where I'd be without POR.by Christina (Georgia) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Have you ever noticed something? When you walk through storms in your life and are put "through the fire", God doesn't leave you alone and to fend for yourself. As a matter of fact, He is so good that as you come through those trials, you can look back and notice something without a shadow of a doubt...God was orchestrating your every step. Not only that, you notice how He has divinely and purposefully placed key people in your path to help you walk through your storm. And it's by no accident or coincidence that these key people have already walked the same path ahead of you and know exactly how to help.
One year ago, I was in the darkest time of my entire life...I was spiraling downward, (physically, mentally & emotionally). Because of an unknown, underlying health issue, (of which I have recently learned about), I suddenly developed severe insomnia. I would go periods of four and five nights with zero sleep. It was like a light switch had been flipped and I totally did not understand it...nor was I prepared for it. Feeling desperate and against my better judgement, I was scared into getting on one prescription medication after another to try and "break this cycle", (that's how my Dr. convinced me to take anxiety and sleeping pills). My insomnia and anxiety only worsened. So now, I not only couldn't sleep, I now had another problem...I was on medications that I could not come off of. The very things that were supposed to help me were now making everything more complicated and only adding to my stress, fear, anxiety and insomnia, (which is what they do by their very nature). By the way, doctors don't tell you this most of the time nor give you an exit plan for these prescriptions. Now, before we go any further let me interject something. I don't like the term 'addict' or 'addicted'. Let me explain my case and others' by coining a phrase here: "You're not an addict, 'by choice', you become dependent,'by force'." The very nature and chemical structure of these prescription meds force your brain to become chemically dependent on them. Therefore many innocent folks are wrongly judged and labeled as "drug addict". So, I was taking several prescription medications and instead of getting better, my world grew darker by the day. I even made an appointment with my Dr. to discuss coming off my medications. I was assured that I could do this with no issues or problems. Wrong. I dangerously cold turkey'd several of these meds and endured some of the most horrible side effects and withdrawal symptoms. I had stopped all but one. This particular benzodiazepine medication, (Klonopin or by the generic name, Clonazepam / Rivotril), had such a sinister grip on me that even when I tried tapering slowly, the withdrawals and side-effects were literally 'hell on earth'. I had never experienced anything physically or mentally like this. The insomnia continued and thoughts were entering my mind that I know were straight from the enemy of my soul. Hope was fading. I was left questioning, "How in the world did I get to this point?" Where I found myself was against everything I was about. I had scoured the Internet for help but always came up short. Any help organizations I found always included getting on other drugs to taper from the drug I was on. I didn't want to create more problems, so I would move and keep searching... The September morning that I found POINT OF RETURN, I do believe that I was being guided by an unseen hand. On that morning that I 'just so happen' to find POR, the previous night had been one of the most desperate of my journey. My husband and I had literally been up all night long, crying out to Jesus for help.
Let me pause right here and preface this next amazing account, (a God thing), with a little backstory tidbit: A few months earlier, my husband had downloaded a song to my phone called, "Jesus, Heal Me" by Christian music artist, Carman Licciardello. Now, this song has a beautiful 4-bar piano intro and then Carman half sings/half speaks the words, "The Spirit of the Lord is here to heal...". The song continues and he begins to sing, (keep this in mind as we continue).
Back to my story...
So, Channing and I had been pleading to the Lord throughout the night for help. I got up from the couch where I was lying to go to the restroom. Using the flashlight on my phone to navigate through the dark room, as I reached the couch, I went to turn the light off on my phone. As I did, the Carman song started playing...but not as you'd think. Remember that beautiful piano introduction I mentioned? Well, miraculously it skipped that 12 second intro and started playing at the moment Carman's voice begins to speak. So, out into the atmosphere, with no introduction, we loudly hear this proclamation, "The Spirit of the Lord is here to heal". Then boom and just like that, it shuts off! A divine phenomenon had taken place and my husband and I both could sense it. We were stunned. Things were about to shift. My situation was about to change. Throughout this whole process my trust in God never wavered. My faith continued to grow as I felt He would somehow see me through. I got up from the couch and began to search online again for help. I was looking for a glimmer of hope in tapering safely from this dangerous medication that was wreaking havoc on my life. Suddenly 'POINT OF RETURN' (POR) popped up in my search window. Why had I not been able to find it thus far? I look back and realize that it was all in God Almighty's divine timing.
I read the testimonies on the site and began to weep with joy. Point of Return Co-Founder, Alesandra Rain's story especially hit home with me. Channing had finally fallen asleep, (around 6am), I went to wake him up. He was used to me waking him while crying, but this time I explained that these were tears of hope and joy. I kept exclaiming that I believed that I had found the help I so desperately needed! My husband called before POR office hours and left a message for someone to call him back.
Within a few minutes, Channing's phone rang and the sweetest voice on the other end began to speak through the phone's speaker...it was Alesandra Rain, (POR Co-Founder and Fox News Drug Expert). For the first time since June of 2016, (it was now September of 2016), I could see a dim light breaking through the darkness that had engulfed me. Channing explained to Alesandra that we felt that it was by a divine appointment that we had found her organization, POINT OF RETURN. Alesandra went on to tell us that she was not even supposed to come into work that day. You see, a hurricane was just hours from hitting the town where POR is located, (near Charleston, SC). She had come in just to 'baton down the hatches' at the office and then go bug-in at home before the hurricane arrived. It was then that she found Channing's message and she immediately called back.
Alesandra put us at ease and ensured us that she had no doubt I would make it through this. She was here to help and promised she would walk through this with us every step of the way...and she has. Because of her own story of surviving the unimaginable, Alesandra has arrived at her God-ordained purpose and destiny. Through this, she has become my dear, sweet friend. She has tirelessly and patiently helped me navigate these unchartered waters in my life...not only me, so many others as well. Alesandra, Andrea and Terry and their amazing staff are helping and mentoring countless souls around the world to break the chains of harmful medication dependency.
If you or a loved one need help in this area, please contact, POINT OF RETURN. Extended use of medications are harmful to our bodies, (especially Benzodiazepines such as Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam), Lorazepam, Xanax, etc). These meds are especially harmful to our brains. POINT OF RETURN has meticulously overseen the formulation of their wonderful Nutraceauticals, (RELAX, SLEEP, MOOD & SUPPORT), to help our bodies and brains recover from these dangerous chemicals. For an amazing, inspirational story of devastating loss and then triumph, you need to go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble online and pick up a copy of POR Co-Founder, Alesandra Rain's true account of her life, (Deeds Of Trust by Alesandra Rain). Once you read it, you'll understand why I often say, "If Alesandra can get through that, then surely I can get through this". She is a living miracle and truly a gift. When you read her story, it will give you hope and courage to get through whatever it is you're walking through!
Since September of 2016, Alesandra has had me slowly tapering, through the Point of Return Withdrawal Program. I would hate to know where I'd be without POINT OF RETURN. As of August of 2017, I have completely finished my taper of Klonopin. I could not have done it without POR.
I know and realize now more than ever that with my story, and Alesandra's story, that your pain becomes your purpose and God will use it to lead you to your destiny. Amen. I'm so thankful for Alesandra, she's a gift, a treasure and my hero...the strongest woman I know! Point Of Return has given me my life back!
Christina E. (Georgia) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Thank you for being a literal life-saver. Point of Return's compassion, listening ear, support and guidance was not in vain!!!
March 2014, I had been put on Xanax which began the devastating decline of my health. I had been severely overworked like a work horse during my career as a social worker, especially the last three years. I only took Xanax PRN but the General Practitioner told me to start taking it 3 times a day. I could only handle .25 mg three times a day. Oh the burning pain in my chest, and being unable to eat food, and several horrible side effects. After six weeks I begged to stop Xanax. Again, the General Practitioner told me to stay on Xanax as “I was suffering from Anxiety.” NO, I WAS SUFFERING FROM THE DEBILITATING PHYSICAL/MENTAL SIDE EFFECTS FROM THIS D_ _ _ _ _ STUFF! I “obeyed” and finally (as a Mental Health Therapist) checked my own self into a Mental Health Psych Ward in another town (I was so embarrassed!), as I found myself twice praying for God to take me home to heaven because I could not take the pain of the burning that was in my chest, arms, hands, shoulders, neck. The pain was literally off the chart. After one week in the Psych Ward the social worker and a nurse there FINALLY believed me that it was the Xanax! After research and observing me, they found I was suffering from withdrawals because the small amount of Xanax, 3 times a day, was allowing my body to go into withdrawals in between the doses. So the doctor in the psych ward said he had to put me on Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam) which is so much more stronger than Xanax, in order to get me past the withdrawals. By the way, these withdrawals were cold turkey.
When I was put on Klonopin Rivotril / Clonazepam and Celexa, I literally lost life as I knew it, March 2014. Ten days later I was discharged to my girlfriend’s home to recuperate. (So depressing – before that I lived in my own home – had worked on a reservation, flown up to Alaska on a huge research project, was the Director of Social Work and Mental Health, etc. Upon discharge I literally was unable to work, could hardly eat, had myriads of tough physical symptoms from the Klonopin and Celexa. (The doctor who first prescribed the meds, when I asked him, are they addictive? answered, “No, you just drop one of the doses (such as drop the 3:00 PM dose – 1 out of 3 daily doses) for a day or two, and then drop another one.) WRONG! So, I did as the doctor said in September 2014. I dropped one dose (1 mg of Klonopin). My body was so sensitive. I was so sick, trying to get off the D_ _ _ medications. Oh my _ _ _ , the pure Hell I went through just dropping that one dose that one time! The doctor’s reaction? “None of my other patients have had that problem!”.
I was too ill to work, had to stay with a girlfriend as I literally couldn’t take care of myself. I got desperate as I was so sick on the Klonopin and Celexa because due to the combination of the two drugs I was unsteady on my feet. I fell and broke my shoulder in three places. Out of desperation, I chose to start titrating off Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam) the hard way – cutting the pills starting on October 10, 2014.. It took sheer determination. I came to a point where cutting the pills was SO DIFFICULT, getting smaller and having no minute accuracy.
July 13, 2015 Point of Return (POR) came into my life, as a HUGE GODSEND. I “accidentally” stumbled on the POR website one night as I was SO ILL and crying because of the pain caused by of trying to titrate off of Klonopin. I know stumbling upon Point of Return was GOD. You and the rest of the staff gave me HOPE. Now, I am not one of your clients that stayed in contact very much, as I literally was so sick. I was having a rough time with the Point of Return Pre-Taper program, especially with the Support and Mood products. You suggested that I get tested for MTHFR. That was a HUGE key. I cried with relief when my doctor (who incidentally didn’t know about MTHFR) got the results back and I tested out as a MTHFR’r. (The years that I was made fun of by other doctors and medical personnel: being degraded, being told that “it was all in my head”, that my issues were psychosomatic, that it was just Anxiety and Depression. This was TOUGH as I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work. I spent my career working as a Hospital Medical Social Worker and also as a Mental Health Therapist.) As I wrote earlier in this paragraph, the Point of Return Pre-Taper was not going well as my physical symptoms had escalated. It was during this POR Pre-Taper time that I found out that I am extremely allergic to binders (hypromellose, cellulose, silica – they are made out of tree bark) in the meds and in supplements.
AGAIN, YOU STEPPED IN WITH HOPE and suggested that I try getting the Klonopin compounded in an oil form. I contacted the only compounding pharmacist in this town and was made fun of by his employee, and degraded. “Oh, you’re the one requesting that ridiculous minute amount of Klonopin!” She said this while I was standing at the pharmacy window with several people behind me! This compounding pharmacist told me that he “didn’t know how to and did not compound in an oil base”.
AGAIN, YOU STEPPED IN WITH HOPE and suggested that I contact a Compounding Pharmacist and what a lifesaver that was! Thus began the long but hopeful journey of titrating off Klonopin, and later tapered off Celexa. I had a huge move from one place to another and some other setbacks and had to put the Klonopin titration on hold for a few months. BUT I DIDN’T GIVE UP primarily because of the testimonies from Point of Return clients on the Discussion Board, even though I was too sick to even post on the Discussion Board.
So, from October 10, 2014 to December 13, 2015 it took 423 days to accomplish the titration off of Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam). December 13, 2015 was my D-Day, right before Christmas – my personal gift to me!!!
I waited 54 days of being off of Klonopin before I started the long, grueling process of titrating off of Celexa using the oil-based compound. On February 8, 2016 I began titrating off of Celexa. 401 days later I finished the Celexa titration on March 19, 2017.
I wrote all of this in order to say this:Thank you, Andrea and the rest of the Point of Return staff for being a literal life-saver.
You did not hear much from me after I started the titrations, because I was too sick to even post. I just want you to know that even if you don’t hear back from a client, yours and Point of Return’s compassion, listening ear, support, and guidance was not in vain!!!
With a Huge Heart of Gratitude and Love,
Mary C. (Idaho) Celexa, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Please let the Point of Return program work for you. It is a slow, gentle reduction from drugs, and will provide you with the tools you need to succeed.
by Liz A. (Oklahoma) Rivotril / Clonazepam (Klonopin) / Amitriptyline
I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for carrying me through this most difficult of times. I would also like to thank the Point of Return (POR) Staff, the POR Mentors, the POR Forum, Dr. Armstrong, Roy, and my dear husband for their wisdom and selflessness. They were all willing to listen and lift me up when I needed a gentle ear to hear my struggles.
For years I have pushed through chronic fatigue. But, I had a full active life and was very happy and slept well. For probably 20 years my doctors wanted to give me something to sleep. They felt that if I got "quality" sleep, I would feel better. I refused to take anything and was fine. About 5 years ago at a yearly physical, my doctor wanted to give me something to sleep. He said it wasn't a sleeping pill. I don't know what I thought it was. But, he said to trust him…..that it would make me feel better. I gave in and began taking Klonopin. I did sleep better, but I did not feel any better. So, after 3 years, I was told I could just quit taking it because it was such a small dose. I was thrown into a 2 year battle to get off this poisonous drug. Fortunately, I found Point of Return. Without POR, I know I would have never been successful. They were there to guide me every step of the way.
Every single day was a challenge. The Point of Return staff and Dr. Armstrong were always there to help me push through another day, encourage me, and provide answers to my questions about my symptoms. They would tell me that I was going to get through this. And, they were right.
This experience has left me humbled and oh so grateful to be alive. It's like being reborn. Everything seems new and the simplest things are joyous.
Please let the Point of Return program work for you. It is a slow, gentle reduction from drugs, and will provide you with the tools you need to succeed.
Liz A. (Oklahoma) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin) and Amitriptyline
Hardly a day goes by when I don't ask myself "where would I be today without Point of Return?"
I wrote in September 2015 about the success of my benzodiazepine withdrawal (Klonopin Rivotril/Clonazepam), and now I would like to follow up with another testimonial about my recovery or near recovery. My story may be of particular interest for those, who like me, have an underlying condition which in all likelihood contributed to the speed with which I became dependent, as well as to the hardships I faced with regard to recovery from withdrawal.
I completed my taper from Klonopin (Rivotril/Clonazepam) by the end of July 2015. I have been ever so grateful for the supplements recommended by Point of Return without which my fate would be a very different one. After the completion of my taper I began to heal very slowly. I noticed improvements in my concentration and I could even meditate some. After a little more than a month I noticed that I was ready for bed at a certain time and "ready to get up" at a certain time; in other words the body began to establish something like a routine which I had all but forgotten existed at all. Having been diagnosed with MTHFR (upon recommendation of POR) and a deficient methylation cycle, I knew to take my Methylcobalamin and my 5-MTHF in order to establish more optimal methylation. I was able to finish school and pass the exam, but most mental activities continued to be a strain on me as I continuously felt an underlying exhaustion blocking the free flow of mental energy. Finally, in October 2016 I consulted Alesandra at Point of Return again and she directed me to a website and even helped me to download the information. The end result of these and my doctor's findings was that I needed to take another type of Vitamin B 12 as well as another type of Folate. On Thanksgiving Day I was ready to start my new regimen and within just a few hours I felt a new type of energy entering my brain. It was as if I could suddenly "think straight" instead of "thinking sideways or in circles."
Now it has been 2 months on this new regimen and since then my body has undertaken a lot of healing. My adrenals which still had been much overproducing Cortisol calmed down as well as my breathing which before had been in a kind of "staccato mode." There is still much room for improvement, but the healing is happening in a very profound way. There are some nights now during which I sleep more deeply – at least for a few hours – than I have in many years before benzos. In addition, there are some hours now during some days when I feel more energetic and have a better quality energy than before this medical accident.
I continue to be awed that in this bleak medical desert which best describes the ignorance of 99.9% of all doctors who prescribe these pills, there bloom the most beautiful desert flowers of continued support, dedication and knowledge by Point of Return. Hardly a day goes by when I don't ask myself "where would I be today without Point of Return?" And to think that people like myself all over the globe are helped in spite of this tragic medical unconsciousness, is more than simply awesome!
Iris (California) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
If you are frightened because of the nightmare of prescription drug dependence, please done despair. If you are dedicated to getting well, and put in the time and effort, Point of Return will support you every step of the way.
I can only get down on my knees and thank God that I went through the process of benzodiazepine withdrawal 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 have the right balance between nurturing and pushing their clients to gain their freedom. Working with Point of Return helped me become the warrior I needed to be and it was all worth it! Now I appreciate life like never before.
I was prescribed clonazepam (the generic of Klonopin), to treat the anxiety and insomnia I experienced after my sister’s catastrophic death. I trusted the prescribing psychiatrist and took it as prescribed. In August 2015, after seven months of taking clonazepam, my insomnia came back with a vengeance and I started researching. I was horrified to find out just how difficult it is to taper off of a benzodiazepine.
Finding a “benzo aware” doctor was a frightening, frustrating ordeal. I went to one doctor who claimed I could taper off clonazepam in two weeks. I tried and it was a disaster. I couldn’t breathe, my cortisol levels were sky high, lights were too bright, sounds were too loud, and I became agoraphobic and unable to function. I went from doctor to doctor and all wanted me to taper way too fast, which severely impacted my quality of life.
With nowhere left to turn, I found Point of Return, who truly “get” both the medical aspects of these drugs and the nightmare of trying to find a benzo-aware doctor. 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 tapered the benzodiazepine Valium, so we trusted him. I flew back to Maryland knowing I finally had the right doctor, one who would safely and comfortably taper me off this poison.
The months dragged as I tapered the medication ever so slowly. Benzo withdrawal syndrome is a nonlinear, random process. I felt as if I was on a thrill ride designed by Stephen King, but unlike a ride at Busch Gardens, I did not know when this ride would end. It was like being hooked up to an IV drip that pumped fear into my body 24-7. The most disturbing symptom of all was that I yearned for connection with others with all my heart, but I could not feel empathy or joy for other people. What a thrill it was when my empathy for and connection to others came back!
I faithfully followed Point of Return’s program, eating clean and taking the nutraceuticals on a schedule. I am convinced that the supplements, especially the Support powder, kept my body strong so I could endure the symptoms. Using Point of Return’s private forum kept my spirit and mind strong. Their safe and private internet forum is a place to vent, cry, and laugh with others on the same journey, a place to share stories of small victories, resilience, and strength.
As my dose of clonazepam got lower, I began to have “windows.” 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. True healing was happening!
As summer turned to fall, 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 at the beginning of my taper, I felt nothing but terror that I would never make it back, now I wanted 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.
With the toolbox I gained in Point of Return’s program, I have now been benzo-free for 16 months, and I am working again and enjoying life like never before. I am very grateful! Thank you to Alesandra, Andrea, and Terry, who patiently listened to me go on and on during phone conversations and constantly reassured me that I would heal. They were RIGHT! Thank you also to the knowledgeable mentors on the forum who selflessly volunteer their time coaching and encouraging: Karole, Athena, Elisa-Ruth, and Bobby.
If you are frightened because of the nightmare of prescription drug dependence, please don’t despair. 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 (Maryland) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I want to thank everyone at point of return for helping me to find freedom and realize the peak of my personal health. I have not only become free of prescription medication but I have also been alleviated of the fear, anxiety, stress and incapacitation that used to run my life. I have been off medication now for 8 months thanks to the wonderful support and guidance of Point of Return. Today and everyday is better than the one before it. My mind is clear and sharp. My anxiety is nearly non-existent and my optimism has returned. Point of Return is more than just a way to become free of prescription drugs. It is a reinvention of life as you know it. Our society is poorly nourished and entirely over stressed and disturbingly medicated. Most people feel as if the are healthy when they are merely surviving on a daily basis. To add insult to injury, our medical system believes that covering over this stress with mentally crippling medications is the best long-term solution. The darkest form of survival is living on prescription medication. It robs you of your soul, your energy and your mind. I can't say enough about the potential for freedom and transformation inherent to this process. You don't just go back to surviving. You truly thrive in life once you are off these medications and following program as outlined by Point of Return (POR).
I was always a very tightly wound and driven person. In my younger years I was often aware of my inability to sleep at night, mild tremors, social anxiety and extreme anticipatory anxiety. I had all the clear symptoms of anxiety and stress. It was at times extremely incapacitating but I was able to push through. However, I hadn't built in any great coping mechanisms. Like many people who are placed on these medications, I felt completely overwhelmed in my inability to cope with the feelings inside of me. I had no real guidance in terms of health and wellness. I thrived on stress and treated accomplishment like a drug. I tried natural paths to healing but felt very dismayed by the medical community which never offered to help me find healing via nutrition and exercise. The answer was always a quick fix or ignoring the root of the problem. I shied away from these quick fixes for most of my young adult life. After college, a series of very difficult challenges from my mother’s heart attack to an abusive relationship that resulted in the loss of my job and community pushed my already chronic anxiety to a breaking point. I went from a very capable young investment banker to a girl being abused and alienated from most of her community. I could no longer ignore what I was feeling or push through the overwhelming anxiety. The doctors diagnosed me with anxiety disorder and said that I would have to be on medication for the remainder of my life. At this point I was barely 25 years old and to me that sounded like a life long prison sentence. I had no idea that it would be as bad as it was to attempt life on prescription drugs. Within a year of taking the medication I no longer slept at night. I was horribly sick and my anxiety reached levels that I can't describe. I had to leave graduate school and move home with my parents. I simply couldn't handle the pressure of 3am business calls, tight deadlines and travel overseas. I knew something had to change. My sleep had become non-existent. I no longer felt in touch with who I truly was. I wanted my freedom back and I couldn't stand my mind/ body being held captive. One fateful night I found Point of Return (POR) online. At the time I was living in Australia for school. I opted to pack my bags and return home for my first call with Dr. Armstrong. I was on a mission to regain my wellness and take back control of my life. That was the single best decision I have ever made. Dr. Armstrong is the reasons I am alive and thriving today. I can't say enough about what an inspiring, kind, intelligent and resilient person he is. I'm so grateful for him, Alesandra and Terry. They have changed the course of my life in such an amazing way.
My path to reinvention was fraught with stops and starts. I am not a risk taker in the conventional sense of the word. I like to know how things will turn out and my inner desire for control was ever present. Dr. Armstrong provided an inspiring safe place for me to let go of my fear and take a leap of faith. He knew that I needed to move slowly, methodically and work through my fear issues prior to starting my journey. He created a failure proof path for my return to freedom and the best possible version of myself. All I had to enlist was my internal drive to never give up. Both of these things were accessible due to my understanding of all that Dr. Armstrong himself had overcome. For me, he was much more than a doctor, he was my mentor in recovery and healing. It took me two and a half years but I have made it. I'm so proud of the person I am today thanks to Dr. Armstrong and the support of Point of Return.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me back life and the capacity to do everything I always dreamed I could do.
Lauren W. (New York) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
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Well I am so blessed and humbled to be finishing Thank you and God bless you all as I enter Alumni land WOOHOO!!by Kathy (New York) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Hello all my beloved POR friends and angels, It is finally here after 81/2 long months WOOHOO!!! I am finishing tomorrow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Alesandra-she is truly a hero to me and I don't say that lightly, she help save my life and I will forever be thankful, I also am honored to count Alesandra as friend.
I Thank God who healed me and the scriptures I held on to during the dark times. Thank you my savior! Thank you Terry you are always up on the phone and get me my supplements when I need them I always call last minute before I run out and you managed to get them to me Thank you my friend. Thank you Andrea for your encouragement. Thank you Elisa Ruth my friend I read and reread your journey multiple times for encouragement you are so brave and are such a wordsmith, thank you my friend for your support I felt it. I Love You! Bobby Jean, I also read your journey over and over again for inspiration. You were also very heroic and knowledgeable. thank you for the encouragement I Love you too. Athena you are hard core brave girl thanks for the push when I needed it I count you as one of my angels. Wendy, Thank you for walking the path and also turning back to give those following in your footsteps a hand, God Bless you my friend and Thank you. This started out as something given to me by my doctor to help with the stress after mom broke her neck and had a traumatic brain injury. I cut it in quarters and took it for a short month or two sporadically. But when I stopped I thought I was dying but did not know why.
One day in the shower God told me it was that med I had stopped. Then I called someone who had been successful at Point of Return and I made the call and also worked with Dr Armstrong who made me go slow and steady against my wishes he was right. I was the prodigal child I left and went to a rehab only to leave after a couple days knowing there was no quick fix. Then I came home talked to Alesandra and committed to the Clonazepam Withdrawal Program by Point of Return (POR) and only POR. Well I am so blessed and humbled to be finishing Thank you and God bless you all as I enter Alumni land WOOHOO!! Thank you God and my angels at Point of Return.
Love you Alesandra
Kathy A. (New York) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
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The return of joy in my home and happiness on the faces of my children make me confident that you, too, will find hope at Point of Return.
by Susanne M. (Kentucky) - Celexa, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
It is a blessing to sit and write the ending to the single most horrific time of my life. After waking up one night with an anxiety attack (I had no idea at the time what that even was), I started down a road of fear, anxiety, and stress that led to a time I will joyfully forget. Unfortunately, stuck in the middle was a well-intentioned, but ignorant, doctor who prescribed Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam) and Celexa. My entire family was so unfamiliar with drugs of this sort, we trustingly followed right along. They seemed to help for a few months; I was even discussing the beginning of tapering off of them with my doctor when I found out I was (at the ripe old age of 44) expecting my 6th child. My call to the doctor ended with him telling me "quit the meds and just try to enjoy the good days you have."
I don't have to describe to most of you the cold-turkey hell. Another doctor put me back on to taper me off "slowly". 6 months later, my sister, by the grace of God, found Point of Return's website. I called them, and we quickly decided that these were people who could lead me back to the life I loved and longed for. Alesandra, Andrea, and Terry are household words around here now. The unfailing confidence in my recovery, the listening to my worries, reassuring me at every little setback that I was not crazy was often the only thing I had to hold on to. My loving, but terrified, family relied as heavily as I have on these beautiful, selfless people.
When I was 8 months pregnant, I seriously began to doubt my ability to survive this journey. I was then introduced to Dr. Armstrong. His comforting, fatherly voice and wonderful, personal story as well as the wisdom he used in reinstating the meds to help me go off so very slowly was priceless. Another person to add to this group who I may never meet but with whom I have shared my deepest hopes and fears.
I am currently 7 months past the end of my taper. I have seen such healing and relearned how to trust myself. I can rest in my faith in God who surrounded me with those who carried me day in and day out. I will never say it was easy-it was not ever easy. I will say it is possible and it will end in victory if you follow the advice of these very wise people. One of the smartest things I have ever done is to follow their advice to the letter and turn to them when I could find no answer anywhere else. The return of joy in my home and happiness on the faces of my children make me confident that you, too, will find hope at Point of Return.
Susanne M. (Kentucky) - Celexa, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
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As I write this I’ve been Klonopin (Rivotril) free for 3 weeks, and I’m returning to normal more each day. I will forever be thankful for Point of Return, the Staff and the forum for making this journey possible!by Janice (Indiana) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I was given a prescription of Klonopin (Rivotril / Clonazepam) during a horrific time in my life, I was caring for 2 sick parents. In January of 2007 I was told this medication would ease my stress and help me relax, and it wasn’t addicting. Little did I know I’d be on it for 7 1/2 years.
Klonopin (Rivotril) stopped working for me in about November of 2007, the doctor then doubled my dose, and I became a zombie, with little care in the world. I quickly returned to the lower dose. It was then that I was given Ativan to use on days when Klonopin (Rivotril) wasn’t helping. What I was never told is the symptoms I was having were from the Klonopin (Rivotril). I was unable to take Ativan, and I did not continue taking it. I just continued the original Klonopin (Rivotril) dose, while suffering from the side effects.
The me that I knew was gone, I no longer had a drive for life, I gained 45 lbs., I developed hyperthyroidism, adrenal fatigue, burning mouth, tremors, blurred vision, inability to concentrate, moodiness, hostility, continual heart palpitations, muscle fatigue, digestion issues, and migraine! I’m sure there are more symptoms, but you get the gist. I knew I needed to get off Klonopin (Rivotril), so, knowing that and remembering what my doctor had said, “it’s not addicting” I quit taking it! Oh, was that a crazy ride, It wasn’t long before I was crawling the walls with panic, sweating, heart beating so fast I couldn’t breathe, I knew I needed to take a Klonopin (Rivotril), and that’s when I learned it was addicting and I was going to need help getting off this medication! So, I went to my GP and he told me I’d have to go to a Psychiatrist. I made an appointment and went only to be told, this is a lifetime medication, meaning I’d be on it for life! So, I thought I’d try a different rout, and I made an appointment with a Psych-Nurse to get her take. She said I could go on Valium, then onto Xanax, then wean down from there! Ok, I’d try it, if it meant being med free. Well, it didn’t work, and when I went back for a follow up appointment, her words were, “I’m not surprised, but you had to learn for yourself, there isn’t an exit plan for Klonopin”! I felt set up and lied to, I lost hope of ever getting off this drug! I began to pray and ask God for a way off this medication. After 2 years of prayer and hopelessness, I was listening to a TV show where Alesandra was sharing her testimony, and I faintly heard her say she went off Klonopin (Rivotil), my ears piped up and I had to rewind and listen again! I immediately e-mailed her, and ordered her book to find out more about her story, and after talking this over with my husband he was all in for me getting help from Point of Return! I called and spoke to Andrea and ordered the protocol. I started the protocol and 41 weeks later I was finished, off the Klonopin (killer K, as I call it). The road to freedom wasn’t easy, but with the help of the staff, and the forum, it was possible. As I write this I’ve been Klonopin free (Rivotril Free) for 3 weeks, and I’m returning to normal more each day.
I will forever be thankful for Point of Return, the Staff and the forum for making this journey possible!
Janice W., (Indiana) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
When you get through with your taper you’ll feel like me. I thought when I finished tapering I’d feel special. I didn’t. I feel accomplished. Everyone’s special, not everyone is accomplished. Be accomplished. It’s something you carry the rest of your life. That’s special!
by Mark (Texas) Ativan, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
During my benzodiazepine tapering I would occasionally read success stories, but I always kept in mind that for all we shared in common, there were things that were unique to me, just like they are for you.
Point of Return (POR) shares success stories like mine. I was already more than halfway through when I called POR and spoke with Terry and Alesandra. They didn’t mind I was coming in kind of late in the game. Their concern was there for my health and me. It would have been nice if I had found POR from day one, but I regress, so here’s to cutting to the chase, and the rest of the story.
The first benzo prescription came in 1993, which was the result of a severe panic attack. I had an employee who had just gone through a heartbreaking divorce and resorted to shooting up the office along with threats of killing everyone. The situation got resolved and within a week I experienced a full blown panic attack. After calling 911, carted to the ER, given a clean bill of health, I was told to see my doctor for a follow-up. I found a doctor in my area and he proceeded to tell me he had just the thing for me. I’d be “right as rain” in no time. Here’s your Ativan with six refills, and don’t worry, it’s very safe and reliable. Please pay on your way out, and have a nice life.
After nineteen years of benzo’s, I finished the taper, and am now into the healing phase. My taper took much longer than most, but finishing is finishing, so I’m cool with that. If you’re reading this, you have an advantage I didn’t have when I started tapering. You know about Point of Return. Advantage yourself. What POR gave to me in my later stages of tapering was enormous. I can easily imagine the benefits from day one had that been available to me.
There are a few things I could etch in stone. I’d rather go through the turmoil’s of tapering successfully than resort to eating a pill to maintain some sense of balance. After spending lots of time and money with failed results, there’s only one place I’d recommend to a best friend or a complete stranger….Point of Return….period.
Being able to dip into “the full toolbox of resources” at Point of Return, will take you to a place of complete recovery and health. After all my years of bogus plans of treatment with broken promises and heartache, trust me on this one…these people are the real deal. I know what doesn’t work. I’ve been there more than a few times.
What I realized right from the get-go is that Alesandra and Terry are not throwing a sales pitch. What you’re getting are people with the scars of experience, the dedication that only comes from tested knowledge and the patience and wisdom of having walked the walk themselves. Do you really want to trust someone who hasn’t been there, done that?
When you get through with your taper you’ll feel like me. I thought when I finished Tapering Clonazepam (Rivotril) I’d feel special. I didn’t. I feel accomplished. Everyone’s special, not everyone is accomplished. Be accomplished. It’s something you carry the rest of your life. That’s special!
Mark E., (Texas) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin) , Ativan (Lorazepam)
I am here now to tell you please DO NOT lose heart - there IS hope. You WILL make it. Life after pills is like heaven. Please TRUST Point of Return's withdrawal program.
by Carolyn (Canada) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Zopiclone
My journey into hell started when I had a rather bad case of a cold in 2011… … I was given big dose of Cipro, an asthma puffer, an antibiotic eye cream, and an antibiotic nasal spray by my family doctor to help me get through the tough cold. I had never taken any prescription medications before this, and I was always very cautious with over-the-counter medications. I didn’t know what possessed me, maybe I was just so sick. At any rate, I followed my doctor’s instructions religiously. Just after one dose of Cipro my stomach started to hurt terribly. Then, shortly after, I started to have strange sweats as if I was menopausal (though I wasn’t even yet 40). Shortly afterwords, the panicky feelings followed. (I was never a panicky individual in my whole life and never prone to anxiety attacks.) Lastly, I started to have severe insomnia, which was something I’d never experienced before this. I could sleep through a collapsing mineshaft. Both my husband and I were concerned, so we went back to my doctor’s office to seek help (this was two days before Christmas). By this point, I hadn’t slept well for quite a few weeks. I have two young children and a full time job, so I could not afford to go on like this. I needed some answers and real help quick. Within two minutes of seeing me, she gave me Ativan and reassured me that even my then 3 year-old daughter could take it, - that’s how “safe" and non-addictive it was. Put this way, I was extremely grateful for her RX and, of course, began to take it without giving it a second thought. Within the next 4 months, I was feeling worse and worse the more she tried to "help" me by putting me on new pills. I never liked any of the wonder drugs she gave me, but I tried them all (owing to my own ignorance), giving my MD the benefit of the doubt. My attitude was: Of course she must know what she’s doing - after all, she’s an MD! Needless to say, I was in and out of the ER almost once a week. I gave every possible "remedy" a try, as I was only too willing / eager to get better. But the more I tried, the worse I felt. I was weak, confused, and terrified. I became very anti-social, paranoid and house-bound. Consequently, I could not even step outside for more than five minutes without the help of my 9 year-old daughter.
At the end of my rope, I got desperate. I started searching the internet for answers.
I found Point of Return (POR) in April of 2012. I called Alesandra at least three times before committing myself to the program. By then, (and understandably) I had grown quite cynical and even bitter after having been taken by either the medical industry or so-called natural miracle cures so many times. Thankfully, Alesandra never displayed the least hint of impatience in her voice during all of our three long conversations. She listened, comforted and encouraged me so lovingly. She also demonstrated a very welcome and deep understanding of the mess I'd got myself into. For the first time in my long and dark four months of struggle, I saw HOPE. By the time I joined POR, I had cold-turkeyed from Ativan, Cipralex, and cut my dose of Klonopin (Rivotril) by 25%, as well as still being on 75% of the Klonopin (Rivotril) and Zopiclone doses. I was in a terrible place. Shattered describes it. Eventually, with help from Point of Return, I tapered off all the poisons I put into my body. As we all know, It was not a walk in the park: I had LOTS of symptoms, but I resisted the temptation to reinstate with subsequent tapering. Armed with the ultimate goal of freedom in my mind, I kept on with the program of dropping the doses. Naturally, there were many days in which I was totally out of commission. I was convinced so firmly - or bought into the lie - that I was the only one who was not going to heal…that somehow I was the exception. I was deluded into thinking I didn’t have what it took to succeed in recovery. During this period of the abyss, I have to credit my dear friends at POR who never gave up on me and provided mainstay, unswerving support. I could ALWAYS count on Alesandra to lend me a loving and encouraging hand. I could ALWAYS count on Andrea to give me the much needed firm-but-straight talk. I could ALWAYS count on Terry to get my package delivered with lightning speed. I could ALWAYS count on Carol (Delaware), Bobby-Jean, Maggie, Athena, E-R, Chris 2, Cara, Rachel, Wendy, Kristie and others to send me the encouragement so badly needed at the most uncanny moments. For this, I can only count them as Heaven-sent. I am also grateful to my most wonderful husband and amazing kids. They stood by me thick and thin, to put it mildly. WE, all of us, got through this gruelling and frightful ordeal TOGETHER. We are stronger together as a family, as a result; there can be no doubt or gainsaying that.
By the end of 2012, I was finally drug free. Hallelujah. I could not have made it without the help from all of my POR friends and family. I was not the most diligent one in the program, but l made it, nonetheless.
Today, I am 16 months off all meds. The fear and panicky feeling went within three months after the completion of the taper, but the physical symptoms took a lot longer to go. I still have a few minor annoyances left even as of today, but I truly don’t mind those because I know, given enough time, they too will leave. Difficulty with sleep? With the root cause gone, this has all, thank God, evaporated! I no longer have any trouble sleeping. (Last night, we apparently had a vigorous thunder shower; as far as I was concerned, however, it might as well have happened in Outer Mongolia.) These days I keep a very busy schedule: not just full-time, but a lot of over-time on the job. I take my children to different activities - as a matter of fact we just came back from a nearly two week trip to Disney World. I pushed my youngest one in a stroller throughout the parks under the hot sun. We spent at least 5 hours each day exploring the parks, with lots of standing and walking. I handled it easily. Just a year ago I would not even dared to plan even a partial day-trip within my own home province of Ontario. I walk 3 miles a day. I do a lot of reading. I console people who have stressful situations. I can positively attest that life after drugs is truly amazing.
So, by all accounts, my accidental drug addiction brought me to the lowest low of my life. It humbled me, but brought me into a glorious new understanding of love, peace, and joy. I no longer carry any prejudice against drug addicts. Only sympathy. I now have more gratitude and appreciation towards life, my family, my friends, my job … … I am no longer bitter, and I can’t even get angry at my doctor any more. (I am actually grateful for this detour in my life.) I enjoy this NEW ME far better than the me before prescription agents. Life is FULL for me now.
With all my earnestness, I would say: if you are suffering terribly and can’t see the way out, I am here now to tell you please DO NOT lose heart - there IS hope. You WILL make it. Life after pills is like heaven. Please TRUST Point of Return. TRUST their personnel. They DO understand, they possess the knowledge, and their programme and products WORK. Until this day, I still take the recommended therapeutic levels of Support and Mood. My head is clear and I have not had any colds or flu for more than a year.
Miracles will happen if you don’t give up and you are your own Miracle Maker.
Carolyn A, (Canada) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin) , Zopiclone
My beautiful life that I treasured so much is returning to me and because of Point of Return. 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.
by Cara (New Mexico) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Temazepam
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 Tamazepam. 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, 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 (Rivotril) to taper, I began a 10 month journey back to life. The process was difficult but with the support of the Point of Return 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) - Temazepam, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I love you all and know that you are there for me. I stopped waiting to write the “perfect” testimonial. No wonder it took me a year and two months to write and send this huge thanks to you all.by Susan (Texas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
When You don’t have to do LIFE alone. Point of Return (POR) and all those souls involved in experiencing life without drugs to dull the pain are available, ready and able to be of incredible support.
I took my last dose of Klonopin (Rivotril) on January 29. It took me 6 months of tapering. I began the taper, September 11, with the incredible support of Andrea, Dr. Armstrong and the rest of the crew at Point of Return . Without all of you and the products available through this program I have no doubt that I would have failed in my effort to be drug free. I had been on Klonopin (rivotril) for 6 - 1/2 years and according to my psychiatrist could stay on it “the rest of my life”. The problem for me was it was not much of a life. I was pretty numb and unable to think very clearly. I still had anxiety and thank God had never upped my dose beyond 1 - 1/2 mg daily. Just the small amount I was taking rendered me incapable of stopping on my own.
It was with the information I got from a new friend in my life that I called Dr. Armstrong and Point of Return. A new world of possibilities opened up for me. I was no longer alone in my quest to live without the benzo nightmare. What gifts you have all been in my life. Andrea, Terry, Alesandra, Dr. Armstrong and all those who supported me in changing my life. I am so very grateful when I wake every morning and don’t have to lay out pills to get through the day.
Thank you all for being a part of my life and my journey. I know that as I continue to grow and change, without the drug, I will always have your love and support and you are only an email or phone call away. I love you all and know that you are there for me. I stopped waiting to write the “perfect” testimonial. No wonder it took me a year and two months to write and send this huge thanks to you all.
Susan L. (Texas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
And indeed, I have been drug free, sleeping beautifully, happy and grateful for two months and at peace in the realization that I have my life back. I attribute this to Point Of Return and the truly devoted people there.by Katherine Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I remember the day, in a year of days spent in the depth of despair, in what had become a tail-spin spiral fueled by misprescribed psychotropic drugs, that I reached for the phone. I had finally reached a place in my search to survive this conundrum no one seemed able to help me with but only further - where I knew how to ask the universe (and Google) for help. I knew what to type in that leap of faith moment but I didn't know yet quite how generously and remarkably the answer would come. I typed "How do you get off Benzodiazepines" and in an acronym the answer came. POR (Point of Return). Like so many other dear souls, I had innocently stumbled into these diabolical drugs - Ambien, Seroquel, Clonazepam (Rivotril) and their dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
The conspiring ignorance of the doctors that prescribe them, the drug companies that profit from pushing them and the Mental Health System that props it all up, leaves us not only without answers but with the wrong answers, with dangerous misinformation about these supposed cures that only deepen our plight.
Even before I heard the wise and powerfully reassuring voice of PORs (Point of Return) founder, Alesandra Rain, the web site was like an oasis in the dessert. I had information. I had confirmation that I wasn't crazy. And I had a path. A path not without it's hardships but a path. A path is hope and from that day on I knew there was hope.
You who are reading this know what that is worth. And indeed it proved to be THE path. Because of Point of Return my wandering in the wilderness became a journey back to health. It was a slow and steady taper with wise and loving expert coaching, with brilliantly devised supplements that restore what the drugs rob and with assurance throughout that I too would be fine.
And indeed, I have been drug free, sleeping beautifully, happy and grateful for two months and at peace in the realization that I have my life back. I attribute this to Point Of Return and the truly devoted people there.Catherine K. (Minnesota) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
The Point of Return Withdrawal program works and you can take that to the bank! If you need to free yourself from the chains of drug dependence please do not hesitate as every day is precious. Take your life back. I did and I am forever grateful.
by Bobby (Florida) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Ativan
I could write a long story about my journey and how Point of Return saved my life, but you can read them all here. I’ll just say that I became dependent in 8 days. It can happen just like that and no one warns you of the danger. Western medicine failed me and I was left to fend for myself, or so I thought. Then I found Point of Return (POR) and I had reason to hope I could get my life back again. There are no miracles here, but what is here is a solid program that will lead you on the path to freedom from drugs and renewed health! I am in the early stages of healing at just under 3 months off of Ativan/Klonopin but I can tell you that my body is healing in ways I don’t even understand. There is more healing left for me to do, but I know in time my life will be not only restored but even better than before. I was skeptical in the beginning, but I can tell you every person at POR is a kind, compassionate guardian angel that will guide you and keep you safe and reassured during the process of withdrawal. The program works and you can take that to the bank! If you need to free yourself from the chains of drug dependence please do not hesitate as every day is precious. Take your life back. I did and I am forever grateful. May you healing start today. Be Blessed!
Bobby S., (Florida) Ativan, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Please don’t let fear prevent you from trying Point of Return and at least getting the starter kit. You deserve it.Donald K., (California) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Never thought prescription drugs could do more harm than good. Never thought doctors knew and understood so little. Never thought it could come to this. Never thought it could happen to me. We are all human.
We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Not even doctors. Not even the pharmaceutical companies that advise them.
If you are reading this, chances are you or a loved one is either in a terrible amount of mental anguish or a very poor state of physical health, maybe both.
I don’t know what to say to convince you that you have found an organization and a group of people that truly care for your wellbeing, and for you.
Point of Return (POR) sells supplements, true. If you are starting to see the evil behind pharmaceuticals and the harm they have caused you, I don’t blame you for being skeptical. However, in order for you to feel the best you ever have in your whole life (at least since the miracle of childhood) then you are going to have to get over your fear and skepticism. You are going to have to take control of your state of being and start investing in your future, repairing the harm that poor nutrition, lifestyle, and pharmaceuticals have done to your body and mind.
The testimonials on this site are from real people. I am a real person. Yes, I fell into the pharmaceutical trap. It can happen to anyone and it is extremely difficult to get out of. The fall entails more pain than I care to describe, of which, anyone who hasn’t felt it doesn’t understand. I encourage you to read the harrowing stories in the testimonials of the others. They are successes. I am a success. You can be too.
I am not going to tell my story. I am going to tell you about Point of Return and why you need them and can trust that they are the best resource to help you out of your trap.
POR is a partnership of survivors, not some hollow corporate entity. They have been through what you might be suffering. The program they recommend is what worked for them and the people they serve. They live to help others, they live to help us, and they helped me tremendously. My life and great state of health is purely due to them and my following their gentle guidance.
Why the supplements? If your body is lacking something that the pharmaceuticals covered up, you will not heal when the pharmaceuticals are taken away. You will stop damaging yourself, but you will not heal from your original affliction.
Point of Return does not sell every vitamin under the sun. Point of Return is not a vitamin shop trying to make a living off of health fads. Point of Return focused on two things: healing and balance.
If you are not suffering from prescription drug withdrawals, you would still benefit from the supplements. I think you would see a difference within a month, if not sooner; however, the amazing transformation I went through took a few months to fully realize. At nine months, I am 15 pounds lighter, it keeps getting better, and I will be adding exercise now that my system is clean. I know it will have to stop and stabilize eventually, and I am just so thankful to feel this good.
If you are suffering from prescription drug withdrawals, nasty side effects, or would like to try living pharma free, Point of Return is your salvation. You need the supplements (otherwise Point of Return would not sell them). You need the Point of Return withdrawal program. I strongly recommend the starter kit. It has an autobiography by one of the founders, an essential manual to help you assess your symptoms and diet, a journal to log your progress, and your first month’s supplements. You also get access to the genius and experience of the Point of Return family and access to the Point of Return private discussion board with fighters like you kicking off the ball and chains of prescription drugs. The forum is not like a public discussion board full of horror stories. True, the pain can be horrific. It is a sharing of experience, support, and hope by people who want to heal, are healing, and have healed. The wealth of knowledge I gained on how to live healthy is unparalleled. Getting a supportive ear I needed and the hope I lacked was a lifesaver. The forum is a vital component to a successful withdrawal and a lifelong transformation.
Lastly, a brief discussion about costs. I am a
cheap thrifty accountant. It only cost me as little as $5 a month to destroy my state of health, then more and more co-pays, all with the health industry’s blessing, and I do say “industry”. I lost over $15,000 in failed detox attempts and several days of work. The supplements will cost $200 to $300 a month, and the process takes 10 weeks minimum, and up to a year or more depending on what you are taking or recovering from. Some of you are already paying more in co-pays, and have lost even more than me. Your life is worth $300 a month in supplements. You will be forever changed. You might even want to spend more on healthier foods, and healthier habits, once you notice how good you look and feel.
Please don’t let the cost of the supplements be a hurdle to your success and your future. Please don’t let fear prevent you from trying Point of Return and at least getting the starter kit. You deserve it.
To our health,
Donald K., (California) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
If you feel trapped by pharmaceuticals like SSRI’s and Benzodiazepines please know that there is hope. I am now free of the grip of Ativan and Klonopin. The Point of Return products and staff are the key to reclaiming your life! You can do this. I know because I’ve been there.by Paul (California) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
If you feel trapped by pharmaceuticals like SSRI’s and Benzodiazepines please know that there is hope. I am now free of the grip of Ativan and Klonopin (Rivotril). The Point of Return products and staff are the key to reclaiming your life! You can do this. I know because I’ve been there. Here’s what happened…
Back in 2009 I was feeling more and more depressed and anxious. As a musician I was getting down in the dumps about how the economy was affecting CD sales. I was having muscle spasms, tension, indigestion, I went to a number of chiropractors and massage therapists and nothing was fixing the muscle pain problem. It never occurred to me that this was anxiety related!
I had a particular mid-back muscle that was in a knot so I tried pushing against the wall with a tennis ball against the knot. Wham! I felt an electrical spike shoot up into my head! Minutes later I was having a full blown anxiety attack! I was freaked out. These kept coming so I borrowed some Ativan from my mother. This worked perfectly!
I got my own prescription and was never told that it was incredibly addictive! In fact both my doctor and a psychiatrist never gave me a proper warning. I wish I had done a little research. I quickly went from taking .5mg every few days to 1mg every day. After about 2 months my wife said “you can’t stay on this stuff”. I new she was right so I just stopped. Oh my God! That was a nightmare. I quickly got right back on and then began to worry and feel great hopelessness about how or if I could get off.
I tried cutting the pills and put up with horrible withdrawals for months. This only worked for a while before the withdrawals became intolerable as I got down to smaller amounts of the drug. Then I made a difficult switch over to Klonopin (Rivotril) because it was longer lasting and would dissolve in milk which meant I could taper by smaller amounts. This didn’t help much with the withdrawal problem either. I was stuck!
I really began to fear that I was going to be a casualty of benzodiazepines! How was I ever going to stop taking this? How did I ever get here? What was I thinking when I started popping these?
I started researching the internet and found Point of Return. I was really not wanting to have to go to some detox center. I was so scared. So I decided to give Point of Return a try. I new that my withdrawals were my physiology freaking out and sensed that giving my body high quality nutrients just might help.
I was right! I started on the program and began tapering again. What a difference! There were still withdrawal symptoms (no program can eliminate these entirely) but they were so greatly diminished and I felt optimistic again! That was huge. My strength and attitude greatly improved as I stayed with the Point of Return supplements and the amazing support I received from the on-line discussion forum.
The whole process took me about 6 months. I took the month of December 2010 off from tapering because of family responsibilities and Christmas. I picked up again in January and completed my journey in February.
I just can’t say enough about the Point of Return products and team. They really delivered on their promise to help me through the benzodiazepine nightmare. I went from being terrified to feeling exhilarated as I reached the finished line. I am once again feeling creative and purposeful in my life!
Thank you God and Thank you Point of Return!
Paul M. (California) - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I am finally on the road to complete physical, emotional and mental healing. Angels come in all forms. These people and this program were truly…..”HEAVEN SENT”.
by Becky Ambien, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Valium, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone
How on earth did I get on this road again? I had been here before and vowed never, ever to let this happen again. But somehow, years and years later, thousands upon thousands of dollars later, multiples and multiples of psychiatric drugs and misdiagnosis and withdrawals later…….. Here I was, back on the “Devil’s in a bottle” yet again. I will just go from “Yet again” as that is where POINT OF RETURN, INC. entered my life.
I had been given three rounds of a steroid for chronic bronchitis. I got better…..too much better and before I knew it, I was manic! I called my doctor and told her I thought there was something wrong and she told me to just stop the last round of Prednisone. So, I just stopped. Over the next several days I began to hallucinate, my heart was palpitating out of my chest, I was in a cold sweat and the list goes on. I had to resign from my teaching job. I couldn’t care for my children. It was just a 24/7 nightmare. I had already been rushed via ambulance to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. They found nothing. The doctor, knowing my previous experience but truly not knowing what else to do, gave me some Klonopin (Rivotril) and I took it! It is amazing what one will do when they feel as if they are staring death in the face. Within minutes, the mania was gone. I remembered just before I took it, that I got on my knees and prayed that if this was the wrong thing to do that God would have to show me the way out of it, “yet again”. Little did I know that the way out would be POINT OF RETURN three years later. So, while the Klonopin (RIvotril) worked for the mania, I started having tremendous pain in areas where I had had multiple surgeries. I went to a pain management specialist and was given Hydrocodone and Oxycodone and plenty of it. Then, I couldn’t sleep. I went to see about that and was reassured by a reputable compounding pharmacist (and they know more about prescription drugs than just about anybody) that Ambien was NOT addictive and that I couldn’t believe everything I read. So here I am…. heading right back down the road to destruction and hell that I thought I would never be on again.
I started having so many physical ailments. I wound up having major surgery for GERD and a gall bladder removal. Less than a year later, I had exploratory surgery to see if the disease of Endometriosis had grown back even though I had had a complete hysterectomy. While going through all these surgeries, it just didn’t seem prudent to come off these medications. I never realized that it was probably these medications that actually led to the surgeries. It is such a vicious, evil cycle. I had come across Alesandra’s book “Deeds of Trust” and had read it and tucked it away on the back burner. I knew that I could not continue on this path. After the last surgery and adequate recuperation time I looked up POINT OF RETURN and emailed them. Terry forwarded my email to Alesandra and she called me! God did hear my prayer! Now, 15 months later, I am finally as of November 6, 2010……..DRUG FREE! It wasn’t easy. However, with the support of Alesandra, Terry and the POINT OF RETURN protocol, I am finally on the road to complete physical, emotional and mental healing. Angels come in all forms. These people and this program were truly…..”HEAVEN SENT”. Thank you God. Thank you to my husband Dan for his never ending support and belief in me and unconditional love. Thank you to my two beautiful boys, Drew and Graham who just kept on loving me when I was not loveable. Last but not least…….Thank you Alesandra for your never ending words of encouragement, advice, love and new found friendship. Thank you Terry for ALWAYS getting those products to me whenever I needed them and to wherever I happened to be. I am forever grateful to all of you.
Becky W. (NORTH CAROLINA) Ambien, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Valium, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone
Oh, what a celebration. I’ve completed the tapering of Klonopin. Thank you Point of Return. You saved my life. Without you I would not have been able to do this on my own.
Oh, what a celebration. I’ve completed the tapering of Klonopin (Rivotril). I took it for 10 years, 2 mg. at night for sleep. Had I only known what type of drug this was I never would have ever taken it. It’s unfortunate that, from my understanding, prescribing physicians do not tell their patients that this, and other benzodiazepine drugs, should not be taken longer than 14 days, 28 max.
I have lived the most horrible 7 years with health issues stemming from the effects of taking this drug. Luckily, none were life-threatening.
Unfortunately, this drug takes you down. I haven’t been able to work for 5 years. I was declined an individual health insurance policy with BCBS last year because I was taking a benzo. This is when I decided I had to regain my health and get off these drugs.
I knew I had to get my body physically in better health first so to take on this challenge. In May, I began eating clean --- fresh fruits and veggies, grass-fed, free-range hormone-free meat, no sugar or caffeine, no fast food or processed foods. June 1, I stopped the Klonopin (RIvotril) cold-turkey. Three days later I realized this was impossible. I researched the Internet and found Point Of Return (POR). I called and spoke to Terry. Having been taken by the medical industry several times, I’m skeptical doing anything. However, after reading the information provided on their website and knowing what they were saying was true, I was confident they knew what they were doing. I ordered the supplements and took them for 6 weeks before beginning my tapering schedule.
I was anxious to get this done and over. I experienced some personal challenges. I found out it is not good to get a deep tissue massage when tapering. I also found out how sensitive I am to MSG. Four weeks before ending my taper, I made the mistake of eating a grilled chicken salad at McDonald’s. Oh…the depression that I had. It was almost unbearable. It sent me to bed and drained me of all energy. I couldn’t get groceries or cook. I thought I would help myself by ordering pasta from Pizza Hut to nibble on throughout the week until I recovered. Wrong! The depression lingered and got worse. It was so bad, that I called Alesandra and told her I was going to have to go back on an antidepressant. She asked what I had eaten and I told her. She recognized it as being the MSG. From these two meals, Alesandra had researched and found they contained 21 ingredients having MSG. At least I knew the culprit and would not have to go on an antidepressant.
My sweet daughter-in-law came by and took me to get MSG-free groceries and made me 3 casseroles, baked sweet potatoes and a large fresh fruit salad to last me a week. We thought we were careful in selecting our groceries; however, not true. MSG is well hidden in food labels. My depression got worse after eating one of the casseroles. I looked up the ingredients and found that the cheese contained “potato starch.” It is high in MSG.
There were other incidents when I needed adjustments in my supplements. POR was always there. Alesandra must have her computer attached to her and on at all times. She is so quick to answer emails and phone calls. She, Terry and Andrea have truly been a lifeline and support. Knowing they are there makes the tapering process much, much easier. Thank you POR. You saved my life. Without you I would not have been able to do this on my own. I can start living again.
Kacee - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin) 2 mg's, 10 years
I can't thank POR enough and the best thing is knowing there are people out there like them. That's what makes me happy.
by Johnny Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Remeron, Suboxone
As I started writing this I just remembered back when I was reading these testimonials when first finding this program. Thinking how lucky I would be if I got to that point where I could write one, something that seemed nearly impossible at the time. And now here I am .
Before I get into how I was right before finding Point of Return (POR) , let me share a little about how this all started in the first place. I was 24 years old, very healthy, in great shape. I was a personal trainer at a gym, very active, athletic...that was my life. Then an accident happened while I was at the gym( In 2006), the machine I was working out on snapped and struck me on the top of the head. Causing damage to the frontal lobe...Also snapping my head forward, crushing nerves in the back of my neck and leading to alot of nerve pain in my neck, back, other extremeties. Eventually leading to parasthesia (tingling, burning sensations) in other extremeties. Over time things kept getting worse for me, and wasn't getting any answers from doctors. And it's not easy dealing with all of these new issues on your own, not having any idea what they are, because I've obviously never experienced any of it before. I've been injured before, I've broken bones...but never this. Was always used to just fighting through an injury, would still play sports and workout with a broken arm, broken rib, etc. Not that I enjoyed the pain, but I just couldn't resist doing something I enjoyed so much . However with this injury, the more I tried to do, the more I set myself back..and would just end up with new symptoms that would get worse and worse and ended up with me going to the hospital eventually to try to figure out what was going on. But that never got me anywhere besides being offered a different med each time.
I always resisted taking a med that a doctor wanted to put me on, but eventually would give in to some , justifying it saying they know what they are doing and I don't want to feel this way anymore so let me give it a shot. Started taking klonopin (Rivotril) in the beginning because I was having panic attacks, lots of anxiety. Was also taking pain killers for the pain I was in. Then I was put on Ambien because I couldn't sleep. And was on plenty of other meds throughout the last 3 years. And now that I am off everything, feeling so much more clear minded..getting a bit of myself back, I realize that most of the bad things I went through was because all of the medication I was on, it wasn't just the injury. The pain still would have been there without meds, but they made it worse. They weakened my mind over time, making me not able to handle the pain as much . Basically not being able to handle anything. Any type of stress would set me off. And that's what bothered me most because I was very strong before any of that. I just wasn't me. And I thought that person was gone forever because of the injury. But that is what taking all of those pills makes you believe. It's all false. So if there is one thing I hope you get out of reading this is don't believe the way you are feeling now is permanent. Don't think your situation is different and that there isn't any hope for you. Because believe me, it is the medicine making you feel that way.
I prayed to God every day throughout the 3 years, asking for help. I will admit there were times I was ready to give up. When the pain got real bad, sleepless nights, the restrictions..not being able to live..be active, etc I would lose hope at times. The more time that went by , the less hope I had. It was all draining me, it was a struggle just to get out of bed and go up the stairs. Eventually my goals got smaller and smaller. In the beginning it was about wanting to live the life I had before again, to get completely better and be active, be the happy person I always was..then I ended up giving up on that and just hoping not to feel so sick all the time, get a couple hours of sleep, not ache and burn so much, to not feel so "crazy" all the time. Things like that. The worst feeling is when I did sleep and would dream about good things happening but then wake up to reality..my never ending nightmare. I wanted to sleep all the time, I just didn't want to think anymore. Too much pain physically and mentally. And that is why I was on a lot of the meds , but eventually realizing a lot of those bad thoughts, feeling achy, overall not healthy at all was because of the meds. All of those times praying to God for help, then the times where I would get mad at Him, asking why is this happening( I think we all get to that point where we think enough is enough, why is this happening to me, when will it stop, why can't I just get my life back? And they are all the wrong thoughts). Because over time I was giving up , losing hope. And that is the scariest thing, losing that. When life just didn't seem that important anymore. I remember always thinking life is too short, didn't want to get older , wanting to enjoy every minute I could, then after going through the suffering non stop for 3 and a half years I started thinking life is too long, that I'm ready to be at peace now. It's a scary thing. And I had to get myself out of that mode a lot. To keep pushing when there wasn't much left.
And why I am saying all this right now is because I'm telling you that most of the way I was feeling was because of the meds. Yes there were plenty of things I was going through without the meds but they were making it worse, much worse. I didn't know that before, and honestly wasn't real sure about it when starting this program either. I read the testimonials and I tried being a bit hopeful that it was the reason I was doing so bad too, but thinking to myself my situation is different and I had a brain injury and so many other things have gone wrong . So it would take a miracle for it to work for me. I was running on fumes at the time I found Point of Return. And I will never forget that day because that is when God did answer my prayers, that was my miracle. I'm sitting here right now only 6 months later and I'm doing a lot better mentally. My mind is so much more clear now. I am getting myself back. I am still going through a lot of pain yet handling it better now, shrugging it off and being positive. I still have a ways to go , no doubt, but the difference is I am "looking forward" to everything now. I am excited about the future. I see a future for me. Each day I am getting memories back , good memories. Before the injury I could walk outside, and just look around and be happy. Appreciate everything God has given us. Not needing anything to go my way to be happy but just to stand there, look up at the sky and appreciate life. I lost that during the three years. And I am getting that back now . The excitement to live is coming back. I am so thankful for Alesandra, Terry, Andrea, and everyone else involved at Point of Return. They go above and beyond to make sure everyone gets through this as comfortable as possible, they make sure we succeed. Because they "know" we can if we follow the program exactly the way it is. There is no doubt for them like there is for us when starting this. They are on the other side, they've seen and experienced everything we have been through and know exactly what it takes to heal. I've gone to many..many doctors over these years, been to brain rehab , etc and nobody understands the way they do. Nobody had the answers they had. Nobody ever took control and layed out the steps to recovery. I always ended up going home and just dealing with things on my own again, trying to figure out what I should listen to and what not to listen to from the doctors. Because of so many setbacks I have had by listening to them, I lost that trust.
I can't thank Point of Return enough and the best thing is knowing there are people out there like them. That's what makes me happy.
Johnny D. (MICHIGAN) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Remeron, Suboxone
I am so excited to be done with this monster benzo. Point of Return definitely works. You guys are great!
It all started less than a year ago. I was involved in a pretty scary car accident. Soon after that I noticed some discomfort in my chest and went to the Doctor right away. He didn’t find anything wrong and told me it was muscular. I was still worried and made an appointment with a cardiologist just to be safe.
A month had gone by already by the time I saw the cardiologist and took all the necessary tests. This caused several sleepless nights and at the same time I started to develop some anxiety.
It was a week or so before getting my results from the cardiologist that I had a panic attack and ended up in the hospital. A psychiatrist came to see me and talked to me for only a couple of minutes. Right away he prescribed Clonazepam at night and Xanax during the day. I decided to take Clonazepam only, and still had many questions regarding the medication.
For the first week or so, it worked very well, but I was already feeling tired during the day. And soon after that I started to get very bad side effects. I lost weight and I knew I had to get off the medication but the Doctor thought I had to be on it for a while. My friends and family thought the same as well so I knew then hat I had to look for an alternative on my own. I tried to quit on my own by taking some natural herbs, but it made it worse. I went back to my original dose and started to research the Internet.
I found Point of Return and called immediately. It all made sense but I was very skeptical. For the next few days I thought about it, made some more research and finally decided to order my supplements. I was still skeptical but deep inside I trusted this new family I had found.
It has been a difficult journey and there were times at the beginning where I didn’t know if I would be able to finish the program and there were times when I thought that my only option was to reinstate the medication. But as soon as I gain confidence and started to build some nutrients in my body, everything became easier. And every time I needed support or had any questions Point of Return was there, answering my calls and emails (even during the weekend).
I finished the taper on April 7, 2010 and I am so excited to be done with this monster benzo. Point of Return definitely works. I have learned so much about myself and because of this became a much stronger person. I will never forget this experience and hope that it can inspire others in the same situation. I am so grateful for this program and to Alesandra, Andrea and Terry for helping and guiding me through this experience. You guys are great!!! God bless you always!!
Juan H. (TEXAS) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
And as I continue my journey of healing, my goal is to reach out to others to help them get off such terrible meds by directing them to this phenomenal programme! I will be forever indebted to Point of Return.by Kathy (Canada) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
About 14 years ago, I started on my journey with an introduction to antidepressants. I had been in a fairly good marriage for almost 20 years. We had 3 sons (my former husband had maintained that the most important part of life was family). But in 1990 he left us and finally 6 years later remarried. That's when I "fell apart," and my family doctor started me on Zoloft. Two years later I stopped the med because I had gained 40 lbs (was not overweight at all before), and began to have severe hot flashes. Fortunately, they were relieved with natural hormone creams. I did in time remarry a very nice widower with 2 grown daughters, and we have a lovely granddaughter who is 5-1/2.
Then in 2000, stress at work skyrocketed, so I began Effexor 75mg. I had lost some weight before this, but gradually it came back and with it a feeling of complacency, and something new-- a desire to spend money - not gamble, but I wanted more clothes, shoes, etc.Fluctuating weight didn't help. I tried for 3+ years to stop Effexor, with my doctor's help, but couldn't. The brain zaps and imbalance were too much. So I continued on. Then in 2005, with added work stress, and work related injuries due to increased computer use, carrying a laptop (I worked as a case Manager in Community health care) my dose was increased to 112.5 mg. In the meantime I had various meds for neuropathic pain-pinched nerve in my neck that caused pain right down to my hands - Gabapentin,Tylenol #2, then Tylenol #3. I was also on Nexium for acid reflux. By the fall of 2007, I decided to retire, and start to look after my health. I started my taper from Effexor in late Oct 2007 with the help of a Naturopath, then retired Dec 31/07, and in January reached 37.5 mg with no difficulties. But I suddenly was stuck. The brain zaps, imbalance issues began when I tried to omit a day. My own doctor suggested omitting a dose every other day.
That's when I "accidentally" came across POR with my own brand new laptop! I had been praying for a solution, and God was listening! I called through with a little apprehension as I wasn't sure about finding groups, etc on the Internet, but then I spoke to the most wonderful person ever-Alesandra. I sensed her caring immediately! She listened carefully, discussed how I could safely taper the Effexor by compounding, explained the POR programme, and suggested I think about it. I did, but not for long. The next day I ordered the supplements, Alesandra's book too. Like so many, I read her book, and could not put it down. I cried and cried. This was the beginning of a successful but very gradual taper which I completed Aug 22/08.I took longer because I had a fear of those horrible brain zaps. I followed the programme carefully until mid Sept.08 when I thought I would be ok, and stopped it. This was a major mistake on my part.
Our family went through two deaths (older members) that Sept, and in early Oct I noticed a ringing in my ears. By Dec it was horrible, made worse with an ear/sinus infection, and suddenly lack of sleep and panic attacks began. On Dec 23, my family doctor started me on Clonazepam.5mg BID. It helped for a time with sleep and decreasing the volume of the ringing, but little did I realize the path I was now on. I did get down to .5mg at bedtime by mid March, and was stuck. Finally I reconnected with Alesandra - she was so kind as usual, and oh so understanding. Then by late June, I decided I had to start to get off this horrible med, and a younger family doctor was helping me and started guiding me on the tapering. This time I was making NO mistakes. I started back on the POR supplements and have followed the programme very carefully. Occasionally I have made the odd small error with food, and I must admit, it shocks me when I realize even a very small change in diet can effect me.
I can't begin to thank Alesandra enough - she is always right here, answering my emails, phone calls, telling me I will make it. And of course Terry and Andrea are just incredible too - making sure my orders get through, especially when I order last minute--forgive me - will try not to keep doing that!
During the late 1990s, I managed to develop heartburn/acid reflux issues, and went through a series of meds - Zantac, Losec, and finally Nexium.The latter I took for almost 6 years until Alesandra spoke to me about its many negative side effects last May. I was aware of the potential for osteoporosis, and because I already have osteoarthritis, agreed to stop it. I managed fairly well with minimal heartburn problems until about 6 weeks ago. I've been so careful with my diet due to the tapering, and also tinnitus, but something set things off, and after a week of abdominal pains, nausea, poor appetite, severe heartburn, my family doctor convinced me to trial Nexium once again. I had an endoscopy last Nov which showed oesophagitis, so of course the fear of cancer in the future reared it's ugly head. Three days into the Nexium, and my tinnitus was almost unbearable (and it had been getting much better-weaker), plus I started to get very anxious. Suddenly I was on the phone to Alesandra, crying a"basket case." This loving angel had me calmed down in no time, reassuring me I would be ok, and not to feel badly that I had started back this PPI. As we talked, Alesandra checked --sure enough-- tinnitus is a side effect, and so is anxiety. But Alesandra did not stop there - she looked into options and came up with Active Manuka Honey. I stopped the Nexium immediately, and fortunately found the honey locally the next day. It continues to give me relief, and I can also take our Canadian Gaviscon as it does not have aluminum. Of course I watch my diet too. Both the tinnitus and anxiety calmed down within a day!
I should also mention my pain issues that were severe when I was working,have improved immensely, mostly due to the POR supplements,and a little from retiring-not lugging a laptop everywhere,etc.I rarely take anything now,and if so only a regular Advil.
I successfully completed the Clonazepam taper Dec 20/09, the day before my birthday, and it was such a neat present. I did think I would just sail through after, but have experienced a few glitches (not serious), but each day gets better and better. And I am so grateful for this most wonderful programme, for my prayers being answered, for Alesandra, Terry, and Andrea. They are a blessing to all, and such a unique trio. Where would any of us be without them? And then meeting so many super nice people on the Forum, for the sharing of our various struggles and triumphs, and I must not forget, for both Wendy and Rachel--2 special angels who offer their love and support to all of us. And as I continue my journey of healing, my goal is to reach out to others to help them get off such terrible meds by directing them to this phenomenal programme! I will be forever indebted to POR.
Kathy R. (CANADA) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I was on benzo's for 7 years and had tried to stop several times over that span with no luck. Each and every time I tried to stop, the withdrawals were so severe and impacted my life so much that I had to continue on with my benzo trip. A trip that I thought was never going to end. That was until I came across the POINT OF RETURN website and the great program. Being on the program has changed my life and I would strongly recommend this program to all. The staff is extremely caring and approach everyday with love for their job and for the clients on the program. I am extremely grateful for having the program in my life.
Scott K. (VIRGINIA) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
For those currently struggling, try the program. Give the POR team a call or email. Also, find faith to help you through.by Eric Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Prozac
Wow, it is hard to know where to start. Let me try! It has been quite a long road, but well worth it. I should probably start at the beginning. I believe it was in 2006 when I started having some issues with anxiety. My doctor put me on Prozac and Klonopin as a result. After about one year on the meds, I decided that I wanted to stop taking them. I spoke to the doctor and he was in favor of reducing the dose but did not support me stopping. I tapered off them fully outside of his advice and within a few months, I was having issues with anxiety again. He was furious with me for not listening, so I agreed to go back on the medication. His explanation of the relapse was that I just needed to be on medication and that was why I was having reoccurring issues. He never spoke of the possibility of withdrawal, even when I brought it up. After being back on them for quite a few months, I was not satisfied. I just didn't feel that this path was what I needed to do. I really didn't know what to do!
After some intense prayer and searching, I found the POR website. I read the information on the site and it immediately clicked that I was much like those on the website. I had made two attempts in the past to come off the meds and was not successful. I was hesitant that there might be a solution for getting off the meds. My doctor was frustrated with me and tried to convince me that I had a chemical imbalance and there was nothing I could do about it except take medication. The doctor made me feel so helpless. During this time, I felt so distant from the Lord and so focused on myself. I did not realize how inwardly I was focused until recently. I now realize that He was there the entire time.
I emailed the Point of Return website and got an answer back almost immediately. As a matter of fact, I believe it was a phone call from Alesandra. I went back and forth for a few weeks concerning the decision to start the program before I finally placed the first order. I prayed so much and wanted to make sure it was the Lord's will for me to do. I was scared, but also encouraged that I had a potential solution. I must have emailed Alesandra two or three times a day for months after starting the program. I was constantly checking with her on every twitch, ache, and feeling that I had. She graciously helped me through it all. I admire her patience and care and believe that she has a gift to help people.
I tapered the Klonopin first and then the Prozac. Over the course of approximately one year, I was free from both medications. I have to admit, I did not always follow the protocol of the program. For that, I did have some set backs. That typically resulted in frantic emails to Alesandra looking for what to do. Almost every time, I had missed some of the supplements or done something not recommended by the program. I also was lacking faith.
My advice to everyone reading is to follow the program exactly. Do not try to make your own version or modify it without consulting with the people at POR who know. I had such a desire to feel better, but frequently went my own way. Believe me, save yourself some hardship and stay on the path that has been established.
Also, have confidence that there is a way out. Through my trial, I found the true faith I should have always had.
I need to take time to acknowledge Alesandra, who was always there when I needed support. I have emailed late nights, weekends, and other times and always got a quick response. Believe me, I was very needy! Alesandra, thank you truly, from the bottom of my heart. It is no doubt that God has you in the place where He wants you. You have put so much of yourself into helping me when there was nothing in it for you but seeing me succeed. I praise God that He worked through you to help me and all those who struggle with getting off the medications.
I also thank God for answering my prayers to find answers and for strengthening my faith. Our trials are designed to help us seek Him, not ourselves. That is still something I have to remind myself.
I also need to thank the whole POR staff, including Terry and Andrea. I called many times looking for help and always got an uplifting word or laugh.
For those currently struggling, try the program. Give the POR team a call or email.
Also, find faith to help you through. If you are a Christian, cling to Jesus!
Eric A. (New Hampshire) Prozac, Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I know for certain, that God directed me to this program, and He gave me the grace to get through the whole withdrawal process, by providing me with his protection, their nutrients and support from POINT OF RETURN. Thank you so much for all your helpby Jennifer (Florida) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
My journey started 7 years ago when I started having severe sleeping problems. I started taking Tylenol PM, graduated to Benadryl, and after that didn't work, I then went to the Doctor. He prescribed Sonata, which gave me horrific nightmares, then we tried a few more that made me vomit, and finally, we settled on Restoril. I was on 7.5 mg of Restoril for a few years, and after a traumatic experience in my life, the Restoril stopped working. I can remember the Restoril was working on and off during that last year, so I really wasn't getting restful sleep then, either. Well, after the life-threatening event that I went through, I went to the Doctor again, and told him the Restoril wasn't working. When I refused to go on Antidepressants, he sent me to a neurologist, whose main specialty was Sleep Disorders. It took a few weeks to get in and during that time, I had to go to the Emergency room because of a 14 day period of no sleep. My body just went crazy, not to mention my mind. After they gave me an IV of Valium, I went home and slept that night, but the problem was still there. I continued on the same path of getting no sleep.
I had acupuncture, hypnotist, chiropractors, therapist, naturopathic Doctors and any other type of Doctor you name, try to figure me out. After I finally got into the neurologist, we did a sleep study and it was determined that I had Insomnia…… Wow, What a revelation!!!!!! The neurologist put me on Klonopin. At that point, I said okay, because I was desperate and knew nothing about the drug. After being on the drug about 2 months, I questioned him about not feeling like myself and not liking how I felt and he said "You are not yourself and you have to stay on the Klonopin". That remark gave me no comfort. I stayed on it as he directed, but my soul was fighting it all the way. It gave me sleep for a while, and then quit working. After a year and ½ of being on it, I went back to the Doctor and again expressed my concerns and he said, "If you get off that medication, don't come back to my office". I then said, well, how can I get off of it? And he said, just quit taking it tonight. Well, needless to say I never came back to that Doctor. I did a lot of research and found out that Klonopin is a hard drug to quit.
After a year of trying to get off of it and many research, I finally came across the POINT OF RETURN Program. What a Godsend! I started the supplement in Apri and within a few months, I was off the Klonopin. YES!!!!!!! I had a lot of support from Alesandra and the other staff members, which I cherish so deeply. It was so great to have a support system and other people going through the same thing I was. I still talk with Alesandra and enjoy her advice on other things. I know God had her go through her ordeal, so she could fulfill her purpose in this life. I am so grateful for her and the whole POR staff. I can't explain how thankful I am to be off that "monster" drug. After I got off of it, was when I realized how bad I actually was. I can't believe that I was such a different person. Even after a few days of being off of it, my feelings started coming back. I was numb and detached from my family the whole time I was on it. My personality had totally changed and I was just existing. Now, I see that my eyes were clouded for those years I was on it. I still have my struggles, but I am here to say that I am so ecstatic that I'm not on Klonopin and I never want to see that drug again. Taking care of my body and continuing with the nutrients has really helped me.
I know for certain, that God directed me to this program, and He gave me the grace to get through the whole withdrawal process, by providing me with his protection, their nutrients and support from POINT OF RETURN. Thank you so much for all your help……I will continue taking products because they help so much!
Jennifer D., (Florida) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Life for me now is just so busy with a wife, raising three teenagers, running a remodeling business and now just started a cabinet shop. Life today sure is not what it was 6 months ago or even 1, 2 or 3 years ago – as you know!! I'm just sorry that I haven't shared my story until now.
My road to recover started at least 4 years ago when I was surfing the web one evening trying to find a way out from what the doctors were telling me. They said I would be on medications for depression and anxiety for the rest of my life! I ran onto a site called POINT OF RETURN. I started reading all the info and was very unsure of what I was reading, but I decided to call.
Andrea answered the phone and as we talked, I finally realized that you understood what I was going through better than anyone else did for the past 7 years – including my psychologist, psychiatrist, counselors, etc… It still amazes me how you picked up that I was struggling with suicide when I didn't even tell you or hint of it. Other symptoms included 20-30 panic attacks a day, weight gain that I couldn't loose, swelling and on and on.
God used you to save my life in more ways than one. The doctors had me so drugged up, that I felt like a robot with no emotion or feeling. Once I started the program, I gradually started to fell better. The thoughts of suicide began to leave. Within 4 months, I was off the antidepressant medication (REMERON). The Klonopin was a lot slower. It was so neat to hear my wife say, "Wow, you are beginning to care about me and the kids again and life in general!" Taste, hearing, smell, sight – all started to return. One year later, I was able to get off of disability after 7 long years. Today, May 1-, 2009; things are great compared to what they were!!! Does that mean no problems? NO, but I have no thoughts of suicide for years now, I had only one panic attack in 4-6 months, my energy is great – even when I only get 4-5 hours of sleep. Before I slept 8 – 10 hours or more and still couldn't get going. I have no more swelling; my weight was around 210 – 220, now I'm 160 – 170.
I have a Christian band called Prepare the Way. Before to get up to perform in front of an audience was torture with panic attacks - now I'm just a little nervous with the ability to control it and I started to enjoy performing.
The most important thing of all is, that God helped me every step of the way. He used Andrea and others to help me. Thank you Andrea and everyone at POINT OF RETURN from me, my wife Debbie, Tim, Austin & Faith. We love you all!!!!
Wayne S. (Arkansas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Remeron
I want to give you an update on my withdrawal from the Klonopin. Today I am 70 days free of Klonopin. I could not have been this successful without your support and the help of the supplements. It has been difficult at times but I think the worse is over. Nearly all the withdrawal symptoms are gone now including the ringing in my ears. I will Attempt to withdrawal from the Elavil in about 2 months. That is not so urgent. Thank you so much for your kindness, support and help. Thank you again so much.
Love, Roger C. (Oregon) Clonazepam (Klonopin)
My chains are gone and Ive been set FREE!!! Freedom, Freedom, Freedom! My health is being restored and strength has come back into my life.
by Karen (Texas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Trazodone, Lexapro, Deprakote, Ativan, Ritalin
My chains are gone and Ive been set FREE!!! Freedom, Freedom, Freedom! To my three precious angels that have been encamped around me for the past 13 months. Thank you! I would like to personally thank Alesandra, Terry, and Andrea the staff at POINT OF RETURN! Their support, care and love is more than I could have ever hoped for! After a15 year battle with prescription drugs I am now free! It all started 15 years ago when my youngest son was 2. I was in an accident that left me with migraines and pain. That is when I was started on pain killers and antidepressants for pain. From there it progressed, so started my fall into the pits off Hell! For the last 4 yrs of my life on prescription meds I was in a comatose state. Not able to speak, walk, or talk. I lost my hair, fingernails, and toenails. My body had all but shut down. Not only was my life being destroyed, but lives of my precious husband of 20 yrs and 4 children. I went off all meds in July of 2005. I thought I was in Hell before. This was the beginning of a 3 year withdrawal process. I was put back on 1 med to keep the seizures down and to calm my withdrawals. For 24 months I shook uncontrollably, did not sleep for days on end, was in constant pain, and had unending anxiety. I was bound and determined to live and find an answer to this misery! In Aug of 2007 I went back into a protracted withdrawal and was ready to give in and hand my life over to the enemy that had consumed my life for the past 15 yrs! It was then I found POINT OF RETURN (POR). After a few weeks I improved and as of March 27, 2008 I have been drug free. I give all the praise and glory to my Father in Heaven for leading me to the POR products and to the staff that would help me regain my life! My life is now full of abundance and Joy! My health is being restored and strength has come back into my life. It is now for this cause I l live. I live to free all from the bondage I lived in for 15yrs.If your are asking if this program is the answer, Yes it is! There is freedom for ALL through this program! Prayers of thanks for the POR staff will forever be on my lips!
Blessings and Favor,
Karen L. (Texas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Trazadone, Lexapro, Depakote, Ativan, Ritalin
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.
by Wendy (Texas) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Xanax, Ativan, Restoril
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. 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) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin), Xanax, Ativan, Restoril
I cannot wait to see what the future me will be like. Thanks to the POINT OF RETURN Program, I am well on my way of finding that out. I am also well on my way to a healthier and natural way of living. I can't thank you enough!by Debbie (Maryland) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
I wanted to write to you today to let you that I have now been KLONOPIN free for 7 days! This is after being on KLONOPIN (Rivotril) for 11 years! Thanks to your program, nutritional support and emotional support, I was able to taper successfully and with very little or no side affects. Incredible! I am now sleeping better than I have in months and years. I have energy to spare, and my hair and skin look better than they have in a long, long time!
I came across your website while searching for a natural way of dealing with the side affects of the drug and the tapering process. I didn't want to put any other medication in my body and that is what my doctors seemed to be insistent on. After 11 years, I wanted to see what the real me was really like. I had a lot of questions about the nutritional supplements, as I have tried the "other" program and found their supplements to be sub-par. Andrea answered the phone when I called and stayed on the phone with me until I had every answer I was looking for. She was very knowledgeable and very supportive of my efforts. She guided me on what supplements I needed and even sent along things I didn't order to ensure I had everything I needed to be successful. Thank you Andrea!
I recently had a super bad cold, but I was determined not to let that hinder my tapering process. I contacted you and Alesandra was wonderful and knowledgeable in what I could and couldn't take with my KLONOPIN to deal with my cold. She knew much, much more than my doctor, whose attitude was "Try it and see". How scary is that? I cannot believe that I waited so long to get off of the horrible drug.
I was blindly placed on the drug long ago when my son was born, and no one ever suggested that I stop taking it. I was told that KLONOPIN is one of the safest drugs that you can take, that it does not interact with anything, and I could go off it with ease. Boy were they wrong on so many levels.
I cannot wait to see what the future me will be like. Thanks to the POINT OF RETURN Program, I am well on my way of finding that out. I am also well on my way to a healthier and natural way of living. I can't thank you enough!
Debbie S. (Maryland) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
Thank you for always taking my calls. It is so comforting to have the direct connection to you and to get my questions answered. This entire experience with POR has been of incredible comfort to me. With you, Terry and Andrea.... and to read the testimonials of others who've been in the same hell. I just never, ever thought that there would come the day where I would be understood. I was being treated like I was crazy, and pretty much told so by the doctors. I have searched for the last seven years for an answer to all the health issues that plagued me: severe anxiety, agoraphobia, severe depression, severe insomnia - I would not sleep at all...for weeks!...the several neck surgeries/steroid injections that literally sent me over the moon. I really did not want to live any more.... I was in horrible pain from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head.... I couldn't sit, I couldn't lie down...there was never a moment when I was even ok. The great news is that things have really started to change for me: I am already doing 75% better than I was before I started the POR - my hair is starting to look normal and pretty again....my emotions have really balancing out, I hardly ever cry (used to be an hourly thing for me), the color in my face is returning....my skin tone has completely changed...my fingernails (and hair) are growing in quickly. I just have this little bit of muscle/jaw/neck discomfort still going on (which has already improved greatly), and I am so excited for it to be completely gone when I'm finally off the meds.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!! I will keep you posted!
Take good care,
Holly - Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
If you were to look up KLONOPIN withdrawal symptoms, my name and picture would be right next to it. Struggling through a myriad of symptoms, wavering faith that any type of normal recovery even existed and trying to stay focused on the internet for searches and answers out of KLONOPIN (Rivotril) hell... I finally found POINT OF RETURN. I am the biggest skeptic you will ever have the pleasure meeting ;) BUT... Desperation talked the talk and walked the walk at this moment in time... Alesandra Rain called me 10 minutes after an email submission that asked for help. She stayed on the phone with me for half an hour. Halfway through that call, I had my Visa out ready to order their products. During this time as well, Alesandra had: eased my fears, wrapped her voice and words around me like a life jacket and felt I had found my force that KLONOPIN now had to deal with. From the moment I started the program, I experienced relief. The RELAX was helping to squelch my KLONOPIN ridden anxiety just moments after ingestion, the SLEEP helped enable me to re~establish my natural sleeping pattern and dissipated my nighttime issues (vivid nightmares, body burning, etc.), the MOOD was slowly pulling me out of "cog fog", and the mightiest of all products, SUPPORT was doing it's job to help support my body. Three Rounds of SUPPORT and MOOD, 2 months later... I am symptom free. Although the nutrients are top-notch and work extremely well... One cannot deny the power of healing through the: voice, emailing and phone calls, overall support and love from Alesandra Rain. She was and to this day still has been the largest proponent toward my recovery. Some day I will have the: pleasure, honor and greatest gift of meeting Alesandra in person one day.
Thank the universe for POINT OF RETURN and Alesandra Rain.
Monica K. (California) Rivotril (Clonopin / Klonopin)
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Rivotril history and info
Rivotril is a benzodiazepine that has muscle relaxant, sedative, anticonvulsant and hypnotic properties. Rivotril is considered a ‘highly potent’ benzodiazepine with a rapid onset of action meaning that it reaches peak blood levels in one to four hours after oral administration, but leaves the body in 18-60 hours.
One-third of Rivotril patients will develop tolerance to the drug in 2-4 weeks and will suffer from the Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome, a grouping of extremely painful symptoms that can last many months. Even after short-term use (7-14 days) Rivotril can prove to be too challenging to just stop, therefore a slow taper is recommended.
Klonopin (Rivotril) was brought to market in 1975 for the treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Leo Sternbach, an award winning chemist, helped the Swiss drug conglomerate Roche Pharmaceutical build its U.S. division, after fleeing Europe when the Nazis were threatening to invade Europe in 1941. Sternbach went on to patent 241 drugs, including Valium, and accounted for 40% of Roche's worldwide sales. The use of Klonopin (Rivotril) expanded beyond epilepsy and was used for anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension and many other ailments.
Rivotril enhances the neurotransmitter GABA, which is the most common inhibitory, or calming neurotransmitter. Therefore Rivotril has a profound effect on nearly every aspect of the body and brain. As tolerance to the drug occurs, the calming effect diminishes and breakthrough anxiety and extreme excitability occurs. Many misinterpret tolerance for a worsening of anxiety and increase the dosage, only to reach tolerance again. Chronic use of Rivotril, like all benzodiazepines, causes a down regulation of GABA. It is this action that is responsible for the widespread withdrawal symptoms.
Tolerance to Rivotril's anticonvulsant effect occurs frequently and chronic use leads to tolerance for the anti-anxiety properties. One milligram of Rivotril is approximately equivalent to twenty milligrams of Diazepam (Valium), making Klonopin a 'highly potent' benzodiazepine.
Abrupt withdrawal of Rivotril can cause seizures, severe withdrawal symptoms and be life-threatening. A gradual dose reduction is recommended.
According to the FDA:
Withdrawal Symptoms: Withdrawal symptoms of the barbiturate type have occurred after the discontinuation of benzodiazepines (see DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE).
General: Worsening of Seizures: When used in patients in whom several different types of seizure disorders coexist, Klonopin may increase the incidence or precipitate the onset of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal). This may require the addition of appropriate anticonvulsants or an increase in their dosages. The concomitant use of valproic acid and Klonopin may produce absence status.
Laboratory Testing During Long-Term Therapy: Periodic blood counts and liver function tests are advisable during long-term therapy with Klonopin.
Risks of Abrupt Withdrawal: The abrupt withdrawal of Klonopin, particularly in those patients on long-term, high-dose therapy, may precipitate status epilepticus. Therefore, when discontinuing Klonopin, gradual withdrawal is essential. While Klonopin is being gradually withdrawn, the simultaneous substitution of another anticonvulsant may be indicated.
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* Testimonial results may vary person to person.
*The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent.
*Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support. More...